From Conversations with History, an interview with Rogers M. Smith on politics and American political ideals. Imagine if the United States really was, as a number of leftists claim to think, “a fascist state”. Josh Rothman on the history of the "Native-American" print. As a Fortune 500 company’s fracking activities in rural West Virginia leave a polluted and drastically altered landscape, locals are fighting back. More on Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America by Richard White. A review of Almost President: The Men Who Lost the Race but Changed the Nation by Scott Farris. Last bastion of American hegemony: The U.S. has lost its indisputable lead in several industries and disciplines, but it still dominates how business leaders the world over think about management. A review of Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics by Steven J. Ross. The introduction to Philanthropy in America: A History by Olivier Zunz. Moment of conception: How a radical anti-abortion movement matured. The American State — Power Obscured: An interview with William Novak and James Sparrow on why historians should look at the mutual constitution of state and society. Fred Magdoff on lessons from a long history of dissent: From the early twentieth century to Occupy Wall Street. The real divide in America: It isn't red versus blue, it's individualists versus institutionalists — and the latter may finally be winning. Is Americans' religious freedom under threat? In airports, classrooms and doctors' offices, Christians and religious minorities say, Americans are falling short of the founders' First Amendment ideals.
Jordan M. Singer (NESL): The Mind of the Judicial Voter. From The Jury Expert, an article on the dangers of disgust in the courtroom. An interview with Michelle Shephard, author of A Decade of Fear: Reporting from Terrorism’s Grey Zone. Palantir, the war on terror's secret weapon: A Silicon Valley startup that collates threats has quietly become indispensable to the U.S. intelligence community. E.T. is out there — why can’t we find him? Stop the killer space rocks: The job of saving humanity from extinction currently falls to no one — NASA and other organizations should take it on. From Zeek, Mark Shechner, Thane Rosenbaum and Victoria Aarons on the New Jewish Literature. While it can be argued that the role and sphere of NATO may be declining, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization is an entity that is clearly on the rise with the member countries. An interview with Jonathan Haidt, author of The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion. Hugh Eakin on the strange power of Qatar. Why we invented monsters: How our primate ancestors shaped our obsession with terrifying creatures. Scientists offer new insight into what to protect of the world's rapidly vanishing languages, cultures, and species. Dark Roasted Blend takes a look at the long tradition of "trolling" big corporations, one hilarious letter at a time. 99 Percenters, meet the Fearsome 40: OWS’s next goal should be to end the filibuster. The Pope’s Pornographic Bathroom: Tony Perrottet visits the Vatican’s most secret chamber. An interview with Ole Bjerg, author of Poker: The Parody of Capitalism. A look at the 6 most WTF protesters ever photographed.
Irus Braverman (SUNY-Buffalo): Zootopia: Utopia and Dystopia in the Zoological Garden. From the Journal for Critical Animal Studies, Corey Lee Wren (CSU): Resisting the Globalization of Speciesism: Vegan Abolitionism as a Site for Consumer-Based Social Change; Paul C. Gorski (GMU): Strategic Oppositionality to the Animal Rights “Antis”: Identity-Building and the United States Sportsmen’s Alliance; an interview with Josh Harper on animal rights history, welfarism and Star Wars; and a review of Muzzling a Movement: The Effects of Anti-terrorism Law, Money, and Politics on Animal Activism by Dara Lovitz. Marelene Zuk on the surprisingly gay world of insect sex. The most surreal insect on Earth: An article on the treehopper "helicopter", from the steamy jungles of your mind. The Cruelest Show on Earth: Bullhooks, whippings, electric shocks, three-day train rides without breaks — a yearlong investigation rips the big top off how Ringling Bros. treats its elephants. From the Annals of Improbable Research, a special issue on Animal Oddities is out. A cry for the tiger: We have the means to save the mightiest cat on Earth — but do we have the will? Military dolphins, medical maggots, pest-control falcons, and more: When the best tool for the job is an animal. Animal studies move from the lab to the lecture hall: Literature professors, sociologists, theologians and others who have studied humans and their doings are joining a growing, but still undefined, field. A look at 5 ridiculous animal myths that you probably believe.