Reviews and Blog Posts: politics

Raising Kanye : life lessons from the mother of a hip-hop superstar

by Donda West

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Popular media thrives on highlighting performers' eccentricities and foibles. Kanye West has been criticized about politics, ill-timed public shares, and his personal life. But it always struck me that Kanye was true to himself, no matter the consequences. So how did he become so impervious to overt hostility? One answer:...

Under this beautiful dome : a senator, a journalist, and the politics of gay love in America

by Terry Mutchler

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When Terry Mutchler and Penny Severns fell in love, the fact that one of them was a state senator in Illinois and the other the head of the AP bureau there wasn't the only issue they faced in their too-short 5 year relationship. While the ethics of a journalist dating...

The iron lady

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   I grew up in a former British colony and I remember well hearing about Prime Minister Thatcher in the news for various reasons. Meryl Streep is a fabulous actress and I cannot think of anyone else who could have played the role of Mrs. Thatcher. Told in a flashback style...

Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill

by Dave Grossman, Gloria DeGaetano

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Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill is a non-fiction book that examines the effects of violent video games and media on children.  It brings forth a variety of statistics and research studies to build a case that violent media has a detrimental impact on youth as they're growing up.  I chose...

The castle behind thorns

by Merrie Haskell

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The adults in Sand's life have always told him to ignore the broken castle he could see in the distance, but when he awakens inside the castle one morning with no explanation, there's no more ignoring it. Everything in the castle has been broken in two, from the dried but...


by Nicola Griffith

Before Hild was born her mother, Breguswith, had a dream that the child she carried would be "the light of the world". Breguswith ensures it, training Hild from a young age to become the official seer of her uncle, King Edwin. Yet it is not through magic Hild sees the future....

Gaddafi's harem : [the story of a young woman and the abuses of power in Libya]

by Annick Cojean

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French journalist Annick Cojean writes an important but difficult-to-read account of the extensive system of sexual violence that existed in Libya under the regime of Muammar Gaddafi. She uncovered this very secretive world of abuse while investigating women's role in Libya's revolution, a topic that has not received much attention. 

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Our Democracy Un-Spun! #10 Get out there and VOTE!


In the 1948 election, Thomas E. Dewey was projected to trounce President Harry S. Truman by a wide margin. Dewey was then the Governor of New York, and was considered stiff and pompous, "...the only man who could strut sitting down," some said. None the less, the polls were predicting a landslide in his favor.

The Chicago Tribune would be the first to report it in their early edition, with the famous headline, "Dewey Defeats Truman." Instead Truman won by more than two million popular and 114 electoral votes.

Our Democracy Un-Spun! #9 The Electoral College & The Polls


It's 6:45 p.m. You're tired from a long day at work, and have just finished throwing something together for a quick dinner when the phone rings. It could be a telemarketer? A scam?

Or it could be Gallup Polls. Meet Ed Dubas. He works at the Gallup call center in Omaha, Nebraska, making polling phone calls for various organizations. A former used car salesman, Ed has been their best interviewer in the world for five years. He loves what he does, despite the hang-ups and four letter words. For him working for Gallup is about 'documenting the will of the people.' Gallup is especially well known for the quality of their political polls.

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