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This Isn’t Religion. It’s Perversion.

This Isn’t Religion. It’s Perversion.

June 16, 2018

“It’s becoming a cultish thing, isn’t it?” Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) mused this week about his Republican Party under Trump. As if to prove Corker’s point, the Trump administration the very next day claimed that it had the divine right to rip children from their parents’ arms at the border.

Good News

Wins, Good Works, Heroines and Heroes

Democrats Spend Father’s Day Protesting Trump’s Family Separation Policy

Democrats Spend Father’s Day Protesting Trump’s Family Separation Policy

June 18, 2018

“They came to this country in search of the protection and refuge that the proud inscription on the Statue of Liberty promises to those fleeing terror,” Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) said. “They are being welcomed by more terror. What could be more terrifying than having your [child] taken from your arms?”

Off the Cuff

Op-Ed from our Managing Editor

From Wilderness To Statehood, Early Tennesseans Displayed The Power Of Unity

June 1, 2018

At a time when many of our democratic and institutional norms are being challenged and, in some cases breached, in the United States, it is helpful to reflect upon June 1st, 1796, when Tennessee was officially admitted to the Union as the 16th state. Back then, as is the case today, many divisive and opposing […]

Bookshelf

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The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels – John Meacham

The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels – John Meacham

June 13, 2018

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham helps us understand the present moment in American politics and life by looking back at critical times in our history when hope overcame division and fear. While the American story has not always — or even often — been heroic, we have been sustained by a belief in progress even […]

The President Is Missing – Bill Clinton and James Patterson

The President Is Missing – Bill Clinton and James Patterson

June 4, 2018

A spellbinding thriller, written by President Bill Clinton and bestselling novelist James Patterson. As the novel opens, a threat looms. Enemies are planning an attack of unprecedented scale on America. Uncertainty and fear grip Washington. There are whispers of cyberterror and espionage and a traitor in the cabinet. The President himself becomes a suspect, and […]

The Woman’s Hour: The Last Furious Fight To Win The Vote – Elaine F. Weiss

The Woman’s Hour: The Last Furious Fight To Win The Vote – Elaine F. Weiss

February 15, 2018

Nashville, August 1920. Thirty-five states have ratified the Nineteenth Amendment, twelve have rejected or refused to vote and one last state is needed. It all comes down to Tennessee, the moment of truth for the suffragists, after a seven-decade crusade. The Woman’s Hour is an inspiring story of activists winning their own freedom in one […]

Big Screen

What we’re watching.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor

June 15, 2018

From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (20 FEET FROM STARDOM), WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? takes an intimate look at America’s favorite neighbor: Mister Fred Rogers. A portrait of a man whom we all think we know, this emotional and moving film takes us beyond the zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe, and into […]

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Please Don’t Be Dead – Fantastic Negrito

June 15, 2018

If you’ve been to a Fantastic Negrito show, you know his catch phrase: “Turn that bullshit, turn it into good shit.” This phrase is synonymous with everything he does musically and outside of the music world, when he’s just another citizen. It refers to how we, as individuals, can overcome struggles, racism, and displacement. While […]