The image of Tommie Smith and John Carlos, their black-gloved fists raised at the Mexico City Olympics, has grown in power over the last 40 years. October 21, 2008
The problem with Life on Mars is that it portrays the police as "better" now--more sophisticated, less brutal--than in the distant past of the 1970s. October 16, 2008
The best documentaries seek out fascinating subjects. Comedian Bill Maher, star of Religulous, thinks he's found one of those subjects--himself. October 16, 2008
Sarah Palin’s attempt to score political points with hockey fans missed the mark by a wide margin. October 14, 2008
The book Illegal People explains how guest-worker programs help provide U.S. employers with a low-wage, flexible and largely silenced workforce. October 9, 2008
Sports has become a foolproof way for politicians to show voters that they are "salt-of-the-turf" Americans. October 9, 2008
Spike Lee's new epic film Miracle at St. Anna puts Black soldiers back into the story of the Second World War. October 2, 2008
In a high-pressure sport like football, where contracts aren't guaranteed, and any play can be your last, depression lurks like a blindside linebacker. October 2, 2008
Muhammad Ali was a giant in the sports world--and his impact on American society was likewise immense, as one part of a new book chronicles. September 29, 2008
Battle in Seattle uses video footage of the 1999 protests and an all-star cast to recall a high point in the anti-globalization struggle. September 25, 2008
A billion people live without access to safe and sufficient amounts of water. The documentary FLOW (For Love of Water) explains why. September 25, 2008
Dallas Mavericks All-Star Josh Howard is being raked over the coals for daring to say what more than a few athletes think. September 22, 2008
The death of Don Haskins would make news throughout the sports world, even if all he ever did was coach college basketball. September 18, 2008
When the Prisoners Ran Walpole is the story of an uprising that put inmates in charge and shook the Massachusetts criminal justice system. September 11, 2008
A new book provides a detailed account of how political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal was framed for murder. September 11, 2008
So much discussion of sports is about sanding off, beautifying or simply obliterating anything that might be seen as political.
September 10, 2008
HBO's miniseries Generation Kill, about the early days of the Iraq war, was written by the same team that created The Wire. September 4, 2008
On paper, The Other Boleyn Girl had everything going for it: stellar cast, fine director, gorgeous sets, juicy story. So how did it manage to be so dull? September 4, 2008
Witness the massive padlock, hugging the doors of the Superdome. That will tell you all you need to know about Hurricane Gustav and the federal government's response. September 3, 2008
It's the 25th anniversary of War Games, a movie gem with an all-too-relevant take on the arms race. August 28, 2008
The moment they stepped on China's soil, the U.S. media made a choice about what questions wouldn't be investigated, or even asked. August 27, 2008
There's the beauty of the Olympic Games, and there's the ugly pervasive undercurrent that can leave you queasy. Both things are especially true of women's gymnastics.
August 22, 2008
Joseph Nevins' new book traces the economic and political developments that have compelled so many Mexicans to migrate to the U.S. and have made the journey so dangerous. August 21, 2008
Mahmoud Darwish, who passed away August 9, was perhaps the poet most commonly associated with the cause of Palestinian self-determination. August 15, 2008
A new book examines how the era of No Child Left Behind has ushered in a period of massive cutbacks in public education in the U.S.--and how the assault is international.
August 14, 2008
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