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Roundup

This page features brief excerpts of stories published by the mainstream media and, less frequently, blogs, alternative media, and even obviously biased sources. The excerpts are taken directly from the websites cited in each source note. Quotation marks are not used.




  • The Liberal Arts, the People, and the Pandemic

    by Jonathan W. Wilson

    Other than professional experts, the Americans who understand the crisis best—regardless of political ideology—are those who have a well-rounded imagination.



  • Anti-Intellectualism is Killing Us

    by Scott Laderman

    For decades the Republican Party has railed against expertise, painting it as a conspiratorial assault on so-called “conservative” values and the millions of Americans who embrace them.



  • The Internet Archive Chooses Readers

    by Karin Wulf

    To elevate the needs of the reader above all others is to dismiss the labor of archivists, authors, compositors, designers, editors, librarians, marketers, metadata creators, and all the other myriad people involved in bringing knowledge into being and into the marketplace.



  • The Lone Woman of Kokura

    by Nyri A. Bakkalian

    Who was the Lone Woman in the Kokura Castle town ruins that day in 1866? We don’t know her name, though we know where she died in Kokura.



  • Reality Has Endorsed Bernie Sanders

    by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

    American life has been suddenly and dramatically upended, and, when things are turned upside down, the bottom is brought to the surface and exposed to the light.



  • Having It Easy in the Beginning, Tough in the End

    by William J. Astore

    Retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and historian William Astore makes it so vividly clear, recalling a prophesy of his own dad, that if demobilization remains our position in the tough times to come, we're going to be in deep, deep trouble.



  • The Conservative Campaign Against Safety

    by Lawrence Glickman

    How did we get to the point where ministers, the president, many Republican politicians, and a variety of media outlets are calling for people to risk death to save the economy?



  • The Trouble with Triscuits

    by Charles Louis Richter

    Where did the name of this popular snack come from? An exercise in historical reasoning.