June Carbone (Minnesota) and Naomi Cahn (George Washington): Nonmarriage. Is an open marriage a happier marriage? What the experiences of nonmonogamous couples can tell us about jealousy, love, desire and trust. Why marriages succeed — or fail: Sean Illing interviews Eli Finkel, author of The All-or-Nothing Marriage: How the Best Marriages Work. How did marriage become a mark of privilege? America, home of the transactional marriage: The country’s exceptionally thin safety net prompts residents — especially those with less-steady employment — to view partnership in more economic terms. Nona Willis Aronowitz on why we should weaponize marriage against Trump (no, really). Let’s stop treating the divorce rate like the crime rate.


“I thought it would be better for you”: Brit Bennett on a mother, a daughter, and racism in America in 2017. Nicole Chung reflects on the burden of engaging with racism and educating white people, including some in her own family. Rewriting the history of racist ideas: Pero Gaglo Dagbovie reviews Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas by Ibram X. Kendi. Is violence the way to fight racism? Reni Eddo-Lodge on why insidious racism is much harder to navigate. How American racism aids our adversaries: Racial violence and inequality are powerful weapons against American interests abroad. #NotRacists be like: The top 10 phrases used by people who claim they are not racist.

Fighting racism is not just a war of words. There was a massive study on racism, and the media only focused on the part about white people. We’re sick of racism, literally. How segregation leads to racist voting by whites: Political scientists use new tools — and draw on psychology — to explain how and why “social geography” shapes attitudes. Emily Badger on how redlining’s racist effects lasted for decades. Is the South more racist than other parts of the US? Square dancing was a racist hoax funded by Henry Ford to get white people to stop dancing to black music.

Are we all racists deep inside? Psychology’s favorite tool for measuring racism isn’t up to the job: Almost two decades after its introduction, the implicit association test has failed to deliver on its lofty promises. The world is relying on a flawed psychological test to fight racism. The real political correctness: It’s people who criticize racism who are silenced, not those who embrace it. How America can respond to the “whitelash”: It’s time to reckon with our shared racial history, and plot a path forward. We still have time to repent for American racism.


Edward C. Holland (Arkansas) and Adam Levy (Ohlone): The Onion and the Geopolitics of Satire. Sarah Kendzior: Russia hacked Lindsey Graham’s personal emails so Trump may be blackmailing him. Slavoj Zizek: Political correctness goes to the Vatican. Christians in Holy Land say Trump and Pence have killed tourism and put their lives at risk. Coates and West in Jackson: America loves pitting black intellectuals against each other, but today's activists need both Coates and West. Jane Coaston on Ta-Nehisi Coates, Cornel West, and the debate over America’s soul. Maria’s bodies: The hurricane in Puerto Rico has become a man-made disaster, with a death toll threatening to eclipse Katrina’s. You cannot be too cynical about the Republican tax bill.

No longer a “lonely battle”: How the campaign against the Mueller probe has taken hold. Now we know why Republicans are attacking the FBI. Will the FBI snap under Trump’s pressure? Former US attorneys, GOP officials come to Mueller's defense.


Todd E. Pettys (Iowa): Partisanship, Social Identity, and American Government: Reality and Reflections. Andrew B. Hall and Daniel M. Thompson (Stanford): Who Punishes Extremist Nominees? Candidate Ideology and Turning Out the Base in U.S. Elections. The primary problem: Primaries encourage polarization and lock politicians into a cycle of overpromising and underdelivering — is there a better way? Republicans and Democrats both say they support democratic freedoms — but that the other side doesn’t. Peter H. Schuck on his book One Nation Undecided: Clear Thinking about Five Hard Issues That Divide Us.

A Yale psychologist’s simple thought experiment temporarily turned conservatives into liberals. For elites, politics is driven by ideology; for voters, it’s not: Committed liberals and conservatives don’t realize how weird they are. Is media driving Americans apart? The partisan news effect on politics: How much does the political slant of cable news channels impact elections? Six charts that explain why American politics is so broken: The Pew Research Center’s political typology report, explained.


Jonathan Pugh, Guy Kahane, and Julian Savulescu (Oxford): Bioconservatism, Partiality, and the Human-Nature Objection to Enhancement. Irus Braverman (SUNY-Buffalo): Gene Drives, Nature, and Governance: An Ethnographic Perspective. Christopher Gyngell, Thomas Douglas, and Julian Savulescu (Oxford): The Ethics of Germline Gene Editing. This scientist’s thought experiment will give you nightmares: Adrianne Jeffries on the far-future dystopia of genome hacking. Genetically engineered humans will arrive sooner than you think and we're not ready: Sean Illing interviews Michael Bess, author of Our Grandchildren Redesigned: Life in a Bioengineered Society.

A future of genetically engineered children is closer than you’d think. The brave new world of gene editing: Matthew Cobb reviews The Gene Machine: How Genetic Technologies Are Changing the Way We Have Kids — and the Kids We Have by Bonnie Rochman; DNA Is Not Destiny: The Remarkable, Completely Misunderstood Relationship Between You and Your Genes by Steven J. Heine; and A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution by Jennifer A. Doudna and Samuel H. Sternberg (and more and more).

Marcus Schultz-Bergin (Cleveland State): Is CRISPR an Ethical Game Changer? Everything you need to know about Crispr gene editing. A simple guide to CRISPR, one of the biggest science stories of the decade (and more and more). CRISPR 2.0 is here, and it’s way more precise. CRISPR in 2018: Coming to a human near you. Crispr makes it clear: The US needs a biology strategy, and fast.

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