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Television and Film Have a Role to Play in Repairing a Fractured America

Despite the Bitterness Splintering the Nation, History Shows We’re “All in the Family"

In American memory, if not always in reality, television and film once played a unifying role. During the Great Depression, decadent Hollywood productions delivered welcome diversion. At the dawn of rock n’ roll, Elvis and The Beatles landed in living rooms across America via The Ed Sullivan Show. During the upheavals of the ‘60s and ‘70s, Walter Cronkite functioned as a reassuring and trustworthy pater familias. And in the 1980s, Michael Jackson moonwalked his way onto screens large and small, ...

Connecting California

To Get Things Done in California, Listen More Than You Talk

That’s the Method of Nelson Rising, the Most Effective Developer You’ve Never Heard Of

By Joe Mathews

What do we do now, Nelson Rising?
    I pose that question not just because this is a confusing and complicated era for California. And not just because no living Californian is better than Nelson Rising—a developer, lawyer, campaign manager, and civic leader from Los Angeles—at navigating our state’s complexities to create communities that endure.
    “What do we do now?” is the question that concludes Rising’s one-and-only brush with Hollywood. After Rising ran the successful 1970 U.S. Senate campaign of John ...

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  • Multiculturalism has become a loaded word, with cities like Paris and Brussels becoming emblematic of the failure of the ideal of different cultures and religions living together. Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor started working on the issues of diversity and ...

Small Science/Lisa Margonelli

  • What Self-Cloning Salamanders Say About Climate Change

    An Evolutionary Outlier Could Inherit the Earth (or at Least Rural Maine)

    Birds do it, bees do it, and so the song goes, even educated fleas do it. But unisexual salamanders don’t.
        These all-female amphibians clone themselves to make eggs—all girls ...

  • Health Care for People on the Edge of the World

    A Clinic on a Fresno Bus Helps IV Drug Users Deal With Infections

    Dan, age 33, woke up one late summer Saturday in Fresno, California with pain in his left buttock.
        Dan is tall, good-looking, and dresses neatly in long shorts, with white socks pulled up, stark white sneakers, and a stylish trucker hat. He has a stoic face and ...

  • When You Ride the Bus, You Ride With Big Data

    Will Public Transit Apps Create Customers or Citizens?

    When I first arrived in San Francisco in 1988, I often took a bus called the 22 Fillmore, which ran from Potrero Hill, made a right turn near the Castro, and out to the Tony Marina. On one end dwelled ancient socialites in little hats and on the other old longshoremen, with so much wackiness in between ...