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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.

  • An Act of Remembering Native American Children Who Died so Long Ago

    The Carlisle Indian Industrial School took Native children from their families in an effort to strip them of their language, culture and religion. This year, COVID restrictions limited but did not stop annual remembrance of children who died there. 

  • Is This the End of Hong Kong?

    Sweeping new laws, justified by claims for security amid political protests, threaten to eliminate independence from Beijing in Hong Kong's political and civil life. 

  • Exclusive First Look at New Photograph of Blues Legend Robert Johnson

    Even if he didn’t sell his soul at the Crossroads, the massively influential Mississippi guitarist remains shrouded in mystery. An upcoming memoir from his 94-year-old stepsister brings new depth to Johnson’s mythos—and the third verified picture of him in existence.

  • The Conspiracy Museum: A Speculative Address

    by Robin Sloan

    Where might the spread of conspiratorial thinking and evidence-free discourse lead? Read the opening address for the Smithsonian Museum of American Conspiracy from the year 2041. 

  • A New History of Being Asian-American

    New Yorker critic Hua Hsu questions whether the PBS documentary series will simplify the experiences of Asian Americans through a lens of celebration that obscures ongoing conflict and prejudice.