EDITORIAL STAFF

Karen M. Sughrue

@KarenSughrue
Image from Coronavirus Has a Playlist. Songs About Disease Go Way Back.
Video

Coronavirus Has a Playlist. Songs About Disease Go Way Back.

Coronavirus songwriting has gone as global as the pandemic itself, creating a new genre called pandemic pop. It’s a tradition with a long history.
Image from Coronavirus: Lessons From Past Epidemics
Video

Coronavirus: Lessons From Past Epidemics

Dr. Larry Brilliant, who helped eradicate smallpox, says past epidemics can teach us to fight coronavirus.
Image from How Biden vs. Sanders  Echoes a 1964 Republican Party Split
Mini-doc

How Biden vs. Sanders Echoes a 1964 Republican Party Split

Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden are the icons of an ideological split among today’s Democrats, echoing a similar split in the Republican party of 1964.
Image from Coronavirus Quarantine: Are There Lessons From A Nurse Who Challenged One For Ebola?
Mini-doc

Coronavirus Quarantine: Are There Lessons From A Nurse Who Challenged One For Ebola?

Coronavirus has public health officials scrambling to put quarantines into effect. The 2014 Ebola outbreak may have some lessons.
Image from How Oscar Speeches Became So Political
Mini-doc

How Oscar Speeches Became So Political

Oscar night, long a showcase for Hollywood glamour, has also become a platform for film stars to pitch a rainbow of political causes.
Image from Impeached: How Presidents Handled it -- Trump vs. Clinton.
Mini-doc

Impeached: How Presidents Handled it -- Trump vs. Clinton.

How can a president continue to govern with an impeachment trial looming? President Clinton and President Trump adopted very different strategies.
Image from "No" on Impeachment Unites Today's GOP. In the 1950s, a Renegade Dared to Break Ranks
Mini-doc

"No" on Impeachment Unites Today's GOP. In the 1950s, a Renegade Dared to Break Ranks

Breaking with party unity can be costly. In the 1950's, Senator Margaret Chase Smith of Maine faced backlash after she condemned Joseph McCarthy, a fellow Republican.
Image from She Rocked the Pentagon
Video

She Rocked the Pentagon

After a sexual assault scandal at the Tailhook convention rocked the Navy in 1991, one female officer, Paula Coughlin, launched a campaign to change military culture.
Image from The Modern Bystander Effect
Video

The Modern Bystander Effect

Why don’t people intervene when they encounter violence streaming live online?
Image from This Snake Is Eating the Everglades
Video

This Snake Is Eating the Everglades

Burmese pythons released into the wild by well-meaning pet owners have created a reptilian nightmare in the Everglades.
Image from Trump Administration Sued for Torpedoing Enforcement of Landmark Housing Law
Video

Trump Administration Sued for Torpedoing Enforcement of Landmark Housing Law

Ben Carson, Secretary of HUD, is being sued for not enforcing the Fair Housing Act -- landmark legislation that was passed 50 years ago during the Civil Rights era.
Image from What History Can Teach Us About Mass Killings
Video

What History Can Teach Us About Mass Killings

A century ago, a culture rid itself of the problem of mass murder. How did that happen and what can the modern-day world learn from it?
Image from Trump's Medicaid Positioning Echoes the Controversial Welfare Reform of the 90s
Mini-doc

Trump's Medicaid Positioning Echoes the Controversial Welfare Reform of the 90s

During his campaign, Donald Trump vowed not to cut to entitlements, including Medicaid. But now he's reversing himself and additionally plans to turn more control of the program over to the states. We take a look at what happened to another entitlement, welfare, when the states took over.
Image from Fair Housing
Mini-doc

Fair Housing

Has the government done enough to stop housing discrimination?
Image from Welfare and the Politics of Poverty
Video

Welfare and the Politics of Poverty

Bill Clinton's 1996 welfare reform was supposed to move needy families off government handouts and onto a path out of poverty. Twenty years later, how has it turned out?
Image from Crime and Punishment: Three Strikes and You’re Out
Video

Crime and Punishment: Three Strikes and You’re Out

After the 1993 murder of a California child, many states passed laws to lock up repeat offenders for life, but today those laws are raising new questions about how crime is handled in America.
Return to Masthead