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    Ending the Disinformation Era

    In an Age of Distrust, Local Media Is Our Secret Weapon

    by Sarah Rothbard

    After an election, an attempted insurrection, and a transfer of power defined in part by a massive amount ...

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    by Patrick Donnelly

    From behind my mask I probably said
    to the clerk the flowers were pretty. Always
    in our village on the blue counter where ...

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How Can a Society Apologize?

A Rabbi Asks Whether America Can Bridge ‘the Sea of Society and the River of Time’ to Atone for Its Sins

by Justus Baird

The Biblical story of the Gibeonites rarely makes it into the classroom of a Sunday School or Hebrew school, but the tale has much to say to 21st-century Americans.
  The Gibeonites, a Canaanite group, forged a pact with the Israelites when the Israelites were conquering the land—but, after a series of twists and turns, wound up their permanent servants. The Gibeonites became "hewers" …

Essay

How to Teach an American Inauguration

Since 2008, My College Students Have Been Exploring—in Real Time—What the Transfer of Power Ceremony Reveals About the Nation

by Himanee Gupta-Carlson

Wouldn’t it be cool to go to D.C. for the inauguration?” I remember telling a fellow adjunct instructor in late 2008. Barack Obama had just been elected, and most of us were filled with joy at the arrival of the nation’s first Black president. A new era of hope in America was beckoning us to take part.
  “You can go, you …

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