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Timeless stories from our 171-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
In 1974, a pair of scientists who would go on to win the Nobel Prize published a paper demonstrating that the chlorofluorocarbons used in aerosol sprays and refrigerators were harming…
1619, 1776, and the politics of the past
The death penalty under Trump and the execution of Dustin Higgs
From remarks made by U.S. judges in 2019, which appeared in the Winter 2020 issue of the Judicial Conduct Reporter, published by the National Center for State Courts. These remarks…
Morality is often reduced to choices, and imperfect choices at that. This is the human condition; to accept it and do the best we can is a brave thing, and…
Twenty-five years of fighting mass incarceration in court
From Afropessimism, which will be published this month by Liveright. In February 2001, I attended the Race Rave conference at the University of California, Santa Cruz, with my wife, Alice.…
Joe Biden’s disastrous legislative legacy
Life in the new South Africa
From behaviors of Little Rock, Arkansas, police, cited by the department since 2007. The internal reports were made public in October, following an investigation of the killing of Bobby Moore,…
Unknown knowns: the limits of racial discourse in a system almost exclusively controlled by white people