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Arts Dec 2112 gifts of poetry for everyone on your list
Poets and literary editors share a timeless present -- one that never shrinks, breaks or runs out of battery life.
Nation Nov 22‘They’re my family right now.’ Thanksgiving in a California wildfire shelter
Survivors and rescue workers were committed to creating some semblance of normalcy, which meant a Thanksgiving feast -- turkey, stuffing and potatoes included -- provided entirely by volunteers.
Poetry Nov 22This Thanksgiving, read a Native American poet’s song of healing
When Allison Adelle Hedge Coke wrote her poem “America, I Sing Back,” she considered each word a note in a larger song about the nation. “I thought about America singing. That’s why this poem is a song -- a voice…
Poetry Nov 02These wicked Day of the Dead poems don’t spare anyone
A proposed border wall between the U.S. and Mexico is the product of “the underworld” in one calavera literaria written for the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos.
Poetry Oct 22A journalist’s death by a repressive government, remembered in verse
Marie Colvin "was killed in an attempt to silence her and others reporting from that place,” poet and friend Alan Jenkins said.
Poetry Oct 17In the wake of Hurricane Michael, this poet recognizes the way disaster can change you
Poet Heather Jacobsen can't forget how a hurricane shattered her neighborhood. Those indelible memories appear in her work "City Turned to Inland Lake."…
Nation Oct 11This volunteer militia is taking jet skis and chainsaws to help Hurricane Michael’s most isolated victims
As Hurricane Michael pummels the Florida Panhandle, the Louisiana Cajun Navy is prioritizing rescue efforts in some of the hardest to reach areas in the Michael's path.
Poetry Oct 10A poet explains why ‘boys will be boys’ is the ‘stupidest’ thing you could say
A young boy pushes a girl off a swing because he likes her. “Boys will be boys,” a teacher explains. Years later, a boy drinks a bit too much and hits his girlfriend. The same words echo in the girl’s…
Science Oct 08Twitter chat: How do we fix the planet’s plastics problem?
Join the PBS NewsHour on Twitter Wed. Oct 10th at 12 ET for #NewsHourChats on solutions to the planet's plastic pollution problem.
Politics Sep 074 days of Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court hearing in less than 15 minutes
We watched it all, so you don’t have to.