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TECHNOLOGY IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST
Rush Limbaugh wasn’t funny or entertaining. He was racist.
When ESPN hired the radio talk show host, it legitimized his bigotry and offered a blueprint that his greatest acolyte followed into the White House.
IDEAS | STEPHEN KINZER
Trump was right: Get out of Afghanistan
President Biden should honor what looks like the best deal we’re ever going to get in that country.
The racial decency — and irony — of Rutherford Hayes
He was a steadfast champion of Black voting rights, yet he presided over the end of Reconstruction.
IDEAS | KELLY HORAN
Shot to the heart: A love letter can light a fire in a pandemic winter
A historian of love and its discontents on the lost art of the well-crafted billet-doux.
When Whitney Houston soared, and lifted an anxious nation at war
With a national anthem for the ages 30 years ago, a Black woman gave America what it didn’t even realize it needed.
After 95 years, writers finally get the green light to lift from ‘The Great Gatsby’
Laws that prevent artists from borrowing from classic works, even decades after the original author’s death, chill the broader culture.
The politics of an Auschwitz survivor’s son
I am a libertarian-leaning conservative because the horrors of the Holocaust were engineered by government.
IDEAS | ANDREW ROBICHAUD
Coasting into winter 2021
Now's the time to reconsider our relationship with winter, long a "communal release valve" for Bostonians.
IDEAS | DAVID BODANIS
To emulate FDR, Biden needs to combine decency with a steely edge
The secret to a transformative presidency: being fair but firm.
IDEAS | COLIN WOODARD
Maine can finally get out of Massachusetts’ shadow
The state has never quite shaken off its legacy as a colony of Boston. But the pandemic might speed a transformation of Maine’s economy and outlook.