In 1933, faced with a housing shortage, the federal government began a program explicitly designed to increase — and segregate — America’s housing stock. Author Richard Rothstein says the housing programs begun under the New Deal were tantamount to a “state-sponsored system of segregation.” The government’s efforts were “primarily designed to provide housing to white, […]
The month of March marks 220 years since the Garifuna people were exiled from St. Vincent and resettled in Central and Northern America. The South Bronx is now home to the largest community outside of the Caribbean, with more than 100,000 Garifuna people. Pablo Blanco, community organizer, discusses Garifuna history and culture.
The Trump administration has proposed slashing the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency by 25%, eliminating some 3,000 jobs, and cutting funding to states. GOP lawmakers deem the agency a job killer that does nothing but burden businesses with regulations. In the eyes of the American public, the environment ranks low on the list of […]
Author Norman Ohler says that Hitler’s drug abuse increased “significantly” from the fall of 1941 until the winter of 1944: “Hitler needed those highs to substitute [for] his natural charisma.” Methamphetamine was distributed to German troops to keep them awake and “reduce fear” during long battles. Ohler’s new book is ‘Blitzed: Drugs in the Third […]
Author Mohsin Hamid’s new novel, Exit West, is about knowing when it’s time to flee your country, and what happens when you migrate to a nation that’s hostile to immigrants. It’s a topic the author himself is personally familiar with. Hamid was born in Lahore, Pakistan, but spent part of his childhood in California. As […]