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Arts Sep 06Here’s every state’s song of the summer (no, it’s not all ‘Despacito’)
America's song of the summer was the reggaeton hit "Despacito." But it wasn't the top song everywhere.
Poetry Sep 05How death row inmates at San Quentin are using poetry to examine the prison system — and themselves
Prison literature has a long and rich history, stretching back to Jack London, Nelson Algren and Malcolm X. The genre includes powerful work from prisoners incarcerated on death row, which is often surfaced with the help of activists or artists…
Nation Sep 01360 video of a rescue from the floodwaters in Houston
Watch this 360 video of three brothers driving a truck through Houston floodwaters to help fellow Texans.
Nation Aug 31For three brothers, ‘Texas pride’ means buying a 5-ton truck on Craigslist and helping fellow Texans
When Hurricane Harvey began to hammer Houston, three brothers from San Antonio decided they couldn’t just sit at home. “We were trying to figure out what to do. How to help,” said Brad Morris, when his cousin, a Houston police…
Nation Aug 31In a Texas shelter, evacuees ‘don’t know what we lost or what we didn’t lose’
"If the bad weather comes and you’re still here," law enforcement voices blared, "we’re not going to do anything for you." Now stuck in shelters, Texans endure boredom and anxiety. What will they find when they finally return home?…
Poetry Aug 22This poet is making sure women of the Bauhaus movement get their due
The Bauhaus German art school of the early to mid-20th century is today associated with several things: its stark white modernist buildings, its emphasis on re-combining arts and craft, and the male artists and architects who taught there, including Paul…
Arts Aug 18Spotify has removed white power music from its platform. But it’s still available on dozens of other sites
Music that promotes white nationalism is still easily available for free on YouTube and SoundCloud and for sale from independent music labels and distribution services.
Arts Aug 18The 4 coming-of-age memoirs you need to read
Author Tom Perrotta, who wrote "Election," "Little Children" and "The Leftovers," shares his favorite real-life stories about growing up.
Politics Aug 16How the term ‘alt-left’ came to be
The phrase "alt-left" originated on a conspiracy theory-pushing website. How did it make its way into President Trump's remarks on Charlottesville?…
Poetry Aug 14After Charlottesville, people share poems to grieve, resist and understand
Poet Nicole Sealey reads her poem, "In Defense of 'Candelabra with Heads.'"…