Alison’s Recent Stories
Arts Sep 10The one Robert Frank photo that might best capture America
In highlighting the daily lives of 20th-century Americans, Swiss-born photographer Robert Frank, also helped articulate an American counter-narrative of racism and inequality.
Arts Jul 31A rediscovered John Steinbeck short story is a comical tale of a chef and his cat
A little-known short story by John Steinbeck has been published for the first time in English today, 65 years after it first emerged in a French daily in Paris.
Politics Feb 26One of these states could ratify the Equal Rights Amendment
Over the years, the debate over the Equal Rights Amendment has turned into a broader culture war clash over gender equality and issues like abortion.
Nation Dec 03Why the U.S. ban on female genital mutilation was ruled unconstitutional
A judge’s decision voided some of the charges against two Michigan doctors accused of cutting at least nine minor girls in a Detroit clinic.
Nation Sep 18Majority of Americans believe constitutional rights being ‘diluted,’ poll shows
Eight in ten Americans are worried that some of their constitutional rights are being “diluted or taken away,” according to a new survey by the Montpelier Foundation.
Nation Sep 12‘It’s a potluck dinner versus the melting pot’: 6 books for appreciating other religions
Interfaith leader Eboo Patel wants to change and jumpstart the American conversation on religion.
Arts Aug 16How Aretha Franklin shaped generations of music
“If there’s a heaven, this is what it sounds like.”…
Arts Aug 03You can finally read this Ernest Hemingway story about Paris after WWII
In 1956, Ernest Hemingway wrote to his publisher about five short stories he had written: “You can always publish them after I’m dead.” More than six decades later, fans will finally get the chance to read one.
Arts Aug 01‘American history is a crazy-quilt experience’: Monticello descendants talk ancestry and race
In a long-anticipated move, signage, tours and public statements at Thomas Jefferson's historical Monticello estate now indicate without a doubt that Jefferson fathered the six children of enslaved woman Sally Hemings, and offer new insight into their lives. Jeffrey Brown…
Arts May 315 ways to add the Swedish love of balance into your life
The Swedish idea of “lagom” -- the endeavor to find balance -- is being touted as the “new hygge." Here are five ways to embrace lagom.