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Hip Van Winkle Goes to Woodstock

An improbable tale of youth, age, and cultural change in the Catskills, with apologies to Washington Irving.

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African American and white school children on a school bus, Charlotte, NC – 1973 (Library of Congress)
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School Busing: Yes, It’s Personal

The rhetoric flying around about school busing after the most recent Democratic debates was beyond sloppy. And the actual history is far from tidy.

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United China Relief poster (Wikimedia Commons)
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Huawei, Hollywood, and the Battle for 5G

Before Beijing tried to dominate our wireless networks, it succeeded in dominating our film industry. That’s a saga in urgent need of telling.

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The Washington-Hollywood Pact

The nation’s capital and its dream factory have long worked together to maximize the export of American films to the rest of the world, on the theory that doing so is both good business and good diplomacy. Is this still the case?

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Chinese propaganda poster by Gu Yuan, 1951 (via Pinterest)
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Sharp Power and Stock Villains

The Chinese have long paid close attention to the narratives being conveyed by popular culture. It’s about time we did the same.

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Bert Williams, via Wikimedia Commons.
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More Ballast, Please

Rounding out the politically correct narrative about blackface.

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Gordana Knezević, sitting with the author in a restaurant in Sarajevo.
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Expert in Adversity

The heroic actions, and difficult editorial decisions, undertaken by the Bosnian newspaper Oslobođenje during the siege of Sarajevo illustrate an important truth: Objectivity is not neutrality.

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Journalism Dies in Darkness

U.S. media is often clueless about foreign-language journalism funded by its own government. That is a topic worth shining some light on.

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Symbols on Horseback

How to resolve America’s monument wars? The experiences of Macedonia and Russia suggest some unlikely lessons.

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Democracy’s Ugly Brother

The shrillness, vulgarity, and shamelessness on display in the Kavanaugh spectacle will only get worse—because it is in the self-interest of our bottom-line-obsessed media to let it get worse.

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