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Mentions — July 16, 2014, 7:00 pm

“The End of Retirement” on MSNBC

Watch Jessica Bruder on MSNBC’s The Cycle

Jessica Bruder on MSNBC

Heart of Empire, Mentions — June 20, 2014, 11:41 am

Andrew Cockburn on Democracy Now

Andrew Cockburn discusses the origins and possible fate of Nouri al-Maliki’s prime ministership

“YES OR NO—SPEAK!—IS THERE ANOTHER LIFE?” (Harper's Magazine, “Commodus” (Jan 1889)

Mentions — May 21, 2014, 6:15 pm

Scott Horton Talks About the Guantánamo “Suicides” on Democracy Now

Scott Horton discusses a document omitted from a report on three deaths at Guantánamo Bay Naval Base in 2006

Illustration by Terry Stevenson, Harper's Magazine (Dec. 1974) (detail)

Mentions — September 6, 2013, 5:03 pm

Mary McCarthy in Salinger

“J. D. Salinger’s Closed Circuit,” (October 1962) makes an appearance in a new documentary

October 1962 (thumb)

Mentions — April 29, 2013, 7:06 pm

Barbara Ehrenreich on Breast Cancer

A recent New York Times Magazine feature recalls Barbara Ehrenreich’s November 2001 story, “Welcome to Cancerland”

Mentions — April 7, 2013, 8:07 pm

Dan Baum Debates Joe Nocera in the New York Times

An exchange on the fine points of gun safety, the kinds of gun-control laws America should pass, and the need for a moderate counterpart to the National Rifle Association

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