George W. Bushs Redemption SongBy Norman Kelley
If the black political agenda of the postcivil rights era has been to influence the machinery of the federal government to black advantage, moving from protest to politics, the reelection of George W. Bush has shown that this agenda has failed.
A Brief History of PlasticBy Heather Rogers
In 1957, on a small plot in Anaheim, California, the powerful chemical and synthetics manufacturer Monsantoworking with two MIT architectsconstructed the first all-plastic house.
American Medicines Perfect StormBy John Abramson
Within the FDA, the doctors, scientists, and statisticians are dedicated to making sure the data about drugs and medical devices presented by manufacturers justify their claims of safety and efficacy. But the FDA is understaffed, underfunded, and under pressure, according to its own employees.
An Oration on SecessionBy Jason Flores-Williams
I don’t care how it comes down, whose name gets in the paper, or whose turf gets stepped on: I want progressive change. Real change.
If it Aint Here, it Aint AnywhereBy Ryan Grim
If there was any doubt about the state of acid culture in America, last summers Phish concert in Coventry, Vermont, cleared it up. The verdict is in: its gone.
Options, But Not Solutions: Thomas De Zengotita with Williams Cole
Thomas De Zengotita, a contributing editor for Harper’s, has been praised by the likes of Norman Mailer as a thinker comparable to Marshall McLuhan. His book Mediated: How the Media Shapes Your World and the Way We Live in It (Bloomsbury USA, 2005) presents a new diagnosis for what he sees as a radically mediated world where options have become a defining factor.
The Left and Air America: Danny Goldberg with Theodore Hamm
Danny Goldberg, former CEO of Artemis Records, is the new CEO of Air America. He is the author of How the Left Lost Teen Spirit, which will be published in paperback this month by Akashic Books. Rail editor Theodore Hamm recently sat down with Goldberg at Air Americas corporate headquarters in Chelsea.