Democracy contains the seeds of its own destruction, says On The Media’s Brooke Gladstone

Especially after this weekend, when Republicans rushed their grab bag of a tax bill through the Senate with little consideration for its effect on the country’s most vulnerable, it can feel as if American democracy is failing. Like any other system of government, democracy isn’t a perfect. As On The Media’s Brooke…

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Political engagement has to go beyond social media, says On The Media’s Brooke Gladstone

The past 11 months have been marred by massive problems like the threat of thermonuclear war, inadequate response to gun violence, inadequate response to natural disasters, sexual assault revelations, and human rights violations—to name a few. In troubling times like these, people are being encouraged to speak out and…

Brooke Gladstone isn’t holding her breath for a “turning point” in the Trump presidency

Earlier this week, special counsel Robert Mueller made his first indictment against former Trump campaign officials Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, with some media outlets signaling a major “turning point” in the investigation into the campaign’s ties with Russia. But it feels like we’ve been here before—another scandal…

A podcast, a Broadway ballad, and a punk publication both timely and timeless

Like everyone else I know, I spent last week a) drinking and b) slowly acclimating myself to the reality of the world in which we live. Last week’s news felt like a floodlight, too bright and too hot to look at directly. One of my first orders of business was to catch up on all of those podcasts with titles like “How…

Another Round asks Hillary Clinton if Bill fucked things up for black people

In Podmass, The A.V. Club sifts through the ever-expanding world of podcasts and recommends 10–15 of the previous week’s best episodes. Have your own favorite? Let us know in the comments or at podmass@avclub.com.