The organization Partners in Health has been transforming health care in the world’s poorest places for 25 years. Nurses like Pat Daoust who were on the front lines of America's AIDS epidemic have put their wisdom to work overseas. We're talking to doctors and nurses who come back from places like Haiti, Ethiopia and rural Mexico with lessons for our own rich country in a medical crisis of its own.
Yehudi Wyner is an approachable guy in a forbidding field: contemporary "serious" music. He gives us an opening here to ask where new sounds come from. In his case new music comes out of a sort of compost of the canon, from Bach to Bartok, ...
Nasser Rabbat is the Aga Khan Professor of Islamic architecture at MIT, a Damascene from way back. The question we ask him is, "What will we say happened to Syria in front of our eyes, and was non-intervention in Syria as damaging in the end as previous American interventions have been?"
The nightmare in Syria has slipped off the front page. Yet thousands are dead and millions more displaced across Turkey, Lebanon, and Iraq. Petroleum “barrel bombs” have replaced sarin gas and the specter of al-Qaeda seems to hover over it all. Were we right to breathe a sigh of relief, or was non-intervention a worse course than risking another quagmire?
Jim O’Connell has been treating the homeless for 30 years. We join him on Friday morning “outdoor rounds," watching him treat mostly alcoholic men with other mental and bodily afflictions, very sick people who often say they prefer the street to shelter living.
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Isabel Wilkerson is the epic tale teller of the Great Migration of Southern black people that remade America - sound, substance and spirit - in the 20th Century. The proof is in the soundtrack, musical highlights of a comprehensive revolution.
Our photographer friend, Michael Lutch, has sent us a number of memorable images of Boston that have hung over our site as banner photos since we re-launched this January. Michael is well known for his work with the American Repertory Theatre, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, ...
We're in my living room again with a group of friends drinking wine and reading Chekhov, the great short story writer of Russia and the world. We love him for so many reasons, including the fact that he invites us to digress. We're reading a famous story called "The Student." It is for me not only the most perfect, postage-stamp little dose of Chekhov's moods, alternately bleak and ecstatic; it also sets a complex reflection on betrayal, hardship, history and hope in an unforgettably beautiful scene.
This week we're talking about Black Power — slogan and reality and biography of the fiery and charismatic Stokely Carmichael. Dr. Peniel Joseph of Tufts University tells the story of "Stokely" in his roles as scarecrow, inspiration and prophet. We mean to trace the latter-day history of Stokely Carmichael's contributions beyond politics to the cultural and moral power of black America today.
Big-picture question: Will we ever get over 9/11? A decade on, do we want to shake that ghost and the security and surveillance and secrecy industries it spawned? We've acquired a new language, a new public budget, a new mental map of the world. Will we rescue our character, our culture, and our Constitution from a sort of 9/11 P.T.S.D?