dispatch

What Happens When We Forget?

A documentary attempts to remember forgotten lynching victims.
origin story

How Congress Used the Post Office to Unite the Nation

Trump says Amazon is scamming the USPS. But its low shipping rates were a game changer for rural America.
longread

The 9.9 Percent Is the New American Aristocracy

The class divide is already toxic, and is fast becoming unbridgeable. You’re probably part of the problem.
argument

The Liberal Delusion of #ResistanceGenealogy

The effort to dig up information about the immigrant ancestors of prominent Trumpsters is doing more harm than good.
original

Resurrection City, 2.0

A generation ago, historians dismissed the Poor People’s Campaign of 1968. On the eve of a reboot, we can see it in a different light.
explainer

Standing Armies: The Constitutional Debate

Why did Alexander Hamilton and James Madison take up the cause of the very thing that revolutionaries had vehemently opposed?
origin story

Hyman Minsky’s Views on the “Welfare Mess”

The intellectual father of the job guarantee movement saw it as a replacement for the social safety net.
retrieval

God Gave Rock and Roll to You

Fiery, energetic and preached by charismatic frontmen, Pentecostal Christianity had a big influence on rock and roll in its formative years.
film review

The First Film Ever Streamed on the Internet is Kind of Crazy

Beekeeping, alien planets, and the limits of narrative as technology.
origin story

The Death and Life of the Instant-Print Camera

The iPhone era has ushered in a new fondness for analog photography that has turned clunky cameras into necessary accessories.

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