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What Makes a Presidential Nominee ‘Presumptive’?

We’ve reached the beginning of May, and no candidate has won the outright majority of delegates needed to claim their party’s presidential nomination. But whether each party has a “presumptive nominee” is a matter for some debate. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump certainly seem to think the matter is settled. Show More Summary

Why So Many Political Journalists Don’t Get Politics

If there’s a real third way in American politics—a genuinely viable means of mobilizing millions of voters into a new political party, rather than a cynical branding strategy for pro-business policies—we learned a lot about what it would look like over the past year. Show More Summary

Could Knowing How Much Your Coworker Earns Help Close the Gender Pay Gap?

Editor’s note: This article is part of our collaboration with Point Taken, a new program from WGBH that will next air on Tuesday, May 3 on PBS and online at The show features fact-based debate on major issues of the day, without the shouting. Show More Summary

Can Hillary Win Sanders Supporters and the Never-Trump Faction?

Last Tuesday, when it became clear that Hillary Clinton would be the Democratic nominee for president, she gave a victory speech that contained numerous olive branches to Bernie Sanders supporters. She assured them that “there’s much...Show More Summary

The Cure For Fear

Karin Klaver woke in the darkness and searched the nightstand for her iPhone. It was 2 a.m. Her husband slept quietly beside her. They had arrived in Johannesburg early that morning on the red-eye from Amsterdam and spent the day window shopping and people watching in the city. Show More Summary

Why Methane Is Having a Moment

Methane, carbon dioxide’s lesser-known cousin, is a big and growing problem for the planet. The chief component of natural gas, methane is also emitted during oil drilling. While it only accounts for 11 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., this chemical packs a potent dose of warming, 84 times more effective than CO2 at absorbing heat. Show More Summary

Keanu: Key and Peele, Minus the Laughs

Stubbornly refusing to take flight, Keanu is a likable action-comedy that never figures out how to be hilarious. Which is strange, because it gets so close so often that you keep assuming the talented people behind this movie will eventually figure it out. Show More Summary

Making Sense of Citizen Kane

Part I: Citizen Welles Citizen Kane can be approached in several ways: as a film, as an event, as a topic of the times, etc. The outline of the story is simplicity itself, almost like saying, “Once upon a time there was a man of whom...Show More Summary

Jazz: Records

Duke Ellington, who has never been a man to be afraid of fooling around with new ideas, offers some of his most unusual in a Victor album (P-182; $3.57, with tax) that includes eight blues sides cut a year or so ago but only recently issued. Show More Summary

The Spain Orwell Never Saw

“Men of my generation have had Spain in our hearts,” wrote Albert Camus. “It was there that they learned…that one can be right and yet be beaten, that force can vanquish spirit, and that there are times when courage is not rewarded.” The Spanish Civil War was the great left-wing cause of its era—albeit one with a tragic ending. Show More Summary

Primary Concerns Episode 11: The After-Bern Effect

The results of this week’s East Coast primaries—in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maryland, Rhode Island, and Delaware—put us on a glide path towards a general election that will pit Hillary Clinton against Donald Trump. Clinton won four of five contests on Tuesday, eliciting a concession of sorts from Bernie Sanders. Show More Summary

Back to the Future

Illustration by Agata Marsza?ek For 45 years, Don DeLillo has been our high priest of the American apocalypse, having tackled just about every man-made disaster: nukes in End Zone, nukes and garbage in Underworld, toxic pollution inShow More Summary

Why Hillary Clinton Should Fear Donald Trump

With Hillary Clinton’s strong performance on Tuesday night, the Democratic primaries are effectively over. Barring an unforeseen catastrophe, Clinton will be the Democratic nominee. And it’s increasingly likely that her opponent will be Donald Trump, who won a clean sweep of five states on Tuesday and only seems to be getting stronger. Show More Summary

Dead Man’s Sperm

There is a man waiting for the doctor and his time is running out. It is late evening, just over an hour after the doctor first groped for his ringing phone. “Can you help us?” the woman on the other end had asked, her voice breaking. Show More Summary

Painted Out of Government Art

In the halls of the U.S. Capitol hangs a portrait of Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman elected to Congress, and the first woman, and major-party black candidate, to run for President. Chisholm represented New York’sShow More Summary

Lessons of Chernobyl

After the accident at Three Mile Island in 1979, some critics of nuclear power claimed that we had come within a hairsbreadth of radiation releases that would have left many thousands dead. Some advocates of nuclear power claimed that...Show More Summary

Operation Wetback Revisited

Every four years in the United States, a common refrain is heard: “If candidate X wins the White House, I’m moving to Canada.” In 2000, facing the prospect of a President George W. Bush, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam memorably vowed, “I’m...Show More Summary

The Four Liars of the 2016 Election

Recently, I was comparing notes on the Republican candidates with a friend of mine who is one of the country’s leading philosophers on deception. We were arguing about who is more dangerous for the American electorate: I argued for Ted Cruz, who Donald Trump had successfully branded as “Lyin’ Ted” in a March 3 debate. Show More Summary

Trump’s Makeover Will Fail

If Donald Trump’s political campaign ever gets re-told as an appropriately cheesy biopic, this current moment will be the crucial makeover scene, where the flawed hero finds a mentor who gives him a new polish needed to win. It’s easy...Show More Summary

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