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Here's Why Captain America Helped The VA Ring In The NYSE Closing Bell

By Isaac Arnsdorf/ProPublica

Two-and-a-half years ago, top officials from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs rang the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange. Standing on the podium with them was a cheering, flexing Captain America. Spider-Man waved from the trading floor below.

The event had been billed as a suicide prevention awareness campaign. No one could figure out what the Marvel characters were doing there. David Shulkin, the VA secretary at the time, said in a memoir about his tenure that he was as surprised as anyone.

The answer, it turns out, lies with the sweeping influence over the VA that President Donald Trump gave to one of his biggest donors, Marvel Entertainment chairman Ike Perlmutter.

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Posted on June 5, 2020

History Club

A People's History Of Thanksgiving

Where Is The Gold?
With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.
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Posted on November 28, 2013
Chicago Blog Review

Chicago Blog Review: Fruit Slinger

A welcome blast of summer-friendly food porn on a daily basis.
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Posted on August 6, 2009

How The Postal Service Helped Unite America

By Amy Werbel/The Conversation
Benjamin Franklin changed the game.

Posted on June 2, 2020

Black Emancipation Activism In The Civil War Midwest

By SIU Press
Despite banning slavery, Illinois and Indiana share an antebellum history of severely restricting rights for free black people while protecting the rights of slaveholders.

Posted on May 30, 2020

The Lessons Of Typhoid Mary

By Andy Soth/WisContext
The questions raised through an examination of the media, the legal system and public health officials' reactions to a woman charged with being a "Menace to the Community" remain to this day.

Posted on May 28, 2020

Digital Rights During The Pandemic

By The Electronic Frontier Foundation
No matter who you are, this collection will likely be relevant to your understanding of the pandemic and society's response to it.

Posted on May 26, 2020

Why Science Denialism Persists

By Elizabeth Svoboda/Undark
Galileo, GMOs and COVID-19.

Posted on May 25, 2020

Honoring Four Of Harlem's Historic Voices

By The U.S. Postal Service
With a nod to the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, the U.S. Postal Service today is issuing new postage stamps honoring the lives and legacies of four of the movement's greatest voices: novelist Nella Larsen; writer, philosopher, educator and arts advocate Alain Locke; bibliophile and historian Arturo Alfonso Schomburg; and poet Anne Spencer.

Posted on May 21, 2020

China, Saudi Arabia, Turkey Are World's Worst Jailers Of Writers

By PEN America
At least 238 writers, academics, and public intellectuals were imprisoned or held in detention in 2019, facing often brutal treatment and baseless charges.

Posted on May 20, 2020

Fang Fang's Wuhan Diary

By Meng Xia/The Conversation
A personal account of public memory and national trauma.

Posted on May 19, 2020

Embracing Open Science Publishing In A Crisis

By Rory Mir/The Electronic Frontier Foundation
Thankfully, major commercial publishers such as Elsevier and Springer have already announced that they will drop their paywalls on coronavirus research. Now let's get everyone else on board.

Posted on May 14, 2020

The Labor Plays Of Manny Fried

By SIU Press
From red-baiting to blacklisting.

Posted on May 12, 2020

The Loss Of Normality

By Dan Falk/Undark
Something very close to freedom.

Posted on May 8, 2020

Reopening Books

By David Rutter
This is a warning to my local library: I am coming. I am coming very soon.

Posted on May 5, 2020

Covering Kent State

By Mission Point Press
With a comment on local news from Steve Rhodes.

Posted on May 4, 2020

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