New at Zócalo

  • Essay

    What If Cold War Consumerism Never Ended?

    In Fallout, the Bomb Scared Americans Underground. In Reality, Nukes Sold Everything But Shelters

    by Thomas Bishop |

    Amazon’s new series Fallout starts with the end of the world: News reports of an international crisis interrupt a children’s birthday party, mushroom clouds appear outside, and chaos …

  • The Takeaway

    For Crenshaw, By Crenshaw

    At “How Do You Grow a Rose From Concrete?,” Destination Crenshaw Leaders Shared Their Vision for Community Permanence in South L.A.

    by Talib Jabbar |

    “We are the hub of a community,” asserted Crenshaw High School principal Donald Moorer, who opened Thursday’s Zócalo event. It was the first in a series partnering with …

  • Poetry

    Fire Ants

    Fatma Omar Wins a 2024 Zócalo Poetry Prize Honorable Mention Award

    by Fatma Omar

    Every year, we award the annual Zócalo Poetry Prize to the poem that best evokes a connection to place. Zócalo is pleased to recognize four …

  • Essay

    What Can Sankofa Teach Us?

    The Popular African Symbol—Which Means ‘Return to Your Past’—Continues to Guide and Inspire the Black Diaspora

    by Christel N. Temple |

    This essay publishes alongside tonight’s Zócalo and Destination Crenshaw event, “How Do You Grow a Rose From Concrete?” Register here to join the program …

  • Essay

    Why Sweden Stopped Pretending to Be Switzerland

    My Two Home Countries Were Famously Neutral. But They Were Never the Same

    by Bruno Kaufmann |

    Can we, and should we, ever really be neutral? In a new series, Zócalo explores the idea of neutrality—in politics, sports, gender, journalism, and …

  • Essay

    Will California’s Quest for Clean Energy Get in the Way of Land Back?

    PG&E and a Chumash Tribe Had a Deal for Diablo Canyon. Until the State Stepped In

    by Lydia Heberling |

    In 2019, the California public utility Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) announced that once its Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant closed, they would sell the land it sits on—12,000 acres …

  • Connecting California

    Can the Real San Francisco Airport Please Stand Up?

    SFO and OAK Both Want to Claim the Bay Area City, but Neither Is Actually Located There

    by Joe Mathews |

    I’ve never much cared for San Francisco International Airport—until SFO decided to take a courageous stand for truth and accuracy in airport names.

    Last month, SFO’s leaders filed a lawsuit to …

  • Essay

    What Could American-Style Gun Culture Do to Israel?

    An Armed, Internally Divided Nation Is Not One That Makes Peace Easily

    by Jonathan M. Metzl |

    mong the core Israeli national narratives fractured by the October 7 Hamas terror attacks and the months of war and violence that have followed was the notion that Israel’s ethos …

  • Prizes

    Héctor Tobar Wins the 2024 Zócalo Book Prize

    Our Migrant Souls Is an Essential Exploration of ‘Latino’ Identity

    Interview by Sarah Rothbard |

    Héctor Tobar is the winner of the 2024 Zócalo Public Square Book Prize for Our Migrant Souls: A Meditation on Race and the Meanings and Myths of “Latino.”

    Zócalo has awarded …

  • Prizes

    Melanie Almeder Wins the 2024 Zócalo Poetry Prize

    ‘Coyote Hour’ Tracks a Summer in Southern Maine

    Interview by Sarah Rothbard |

    Melanie Almeder is the winner of the 2024 Zócalo Public Square Poetry Prize for “Coyote Hour.” The poem tracks the rhythms of summer in a part of coastal New England …

  • Essay

    The Unsung Heroes of the Boxing World

    Mismatched Fighters Help Up-and-Coming Champs Bolster Their Records in a Winner-Takes-All Industry

    by Rudy Mondragón |

    In the name of beer sales and taco Tuesday nights, Cinco de Mayo has morphed from a symbol of anti-imperialist struggle into a lucrative marketing opportunity for corporate America. Cinco …