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Beyond the Pandemic: A Call for Calmer Skies

By Philip Warburg | Before the age of COVID-19, a steady drone of jets could be heard on a typical spring morning outside our home, a dozen miles from Boston’s Logan Airport. Today, we hear a chorus o

4 days ago

Politics and Current Events Environment and Conservation Philip Warburg

Forgotten Heroes No More: The Golden Thirteen Who Broke the Navy’s Color Barrier

A Q&A with Dan C. Goldberg | I stumbled upon an obituary for one of the men, and it mentioned the Golden Thirteen. It was not something I had ever heard of before, and I was curious. I had passing fam

1 week ago

History Race and Ethnicity in America Bella Sanchez Dan C. Goldberg The Golden Thirteen

Reach Out and Touch Some-thing

By S. Brent Plate | “Let’s get in touch.” “I feel like I’m losing touch with you.” “That was a touching tribute.” The English language is littered with metaphors of touch that tend to revolve around c

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Religion A History of Religion in 5 ½ Objects S. Brent Plate

Full Inclusion of LGBT People Allows US and Global Economies to Flourish

A Q&A with M. V. Lee Badgett | The inspiration to write “The Economic Case for LGBT Equality” came from the many LGBT activists I’ve met and worked with who wanted to use the economic case to promote

1 week ago

American Society Now More Than Ever Queer Perspectives Christian Coleman M. V. Lee Badgett The Economic Case for LGBT Equality

During the Pandemic, #BooksAreEssential

Who says books are not essential? Where would we be without them during the pandemic? In the fallout of all but “essential” businesses being shutdown or closed to the public, books were deemed “noness

2 weeks ago

Helene Atwan Beacon Staff Gayatri Patnaik