“The BIG Maze” by vpickering is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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In 1984, PBS aired a ten-episode series called The Constitution: That Delicate Balance. It was created by CBS News legend Fred Friendly, who had been Edward R. Murrow’s producer during the McCarthy hearings. (George Clooney played Mr. Friendly in Good Night, and Good Luck.) The premise…

Jean-Paul Laurens, Le Pape Formose et Étienne VII (“Pope Formosus and Stephen VII”), 1870

In 897 A.D., a proceeding that has been called the strangest trial in history, the Cadaver Synod, took place in Rome. The late pope Formosus, the first and last of that name, was disinterred from his crypt, dressed in the papal vestments, strapped to the papal throne, carried to the…

“Inside the dome of the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C.” by o palsson is licensed under CC BY 2.0

In conjunction with BeAnArtsHero.com and The Dramatists Guild, playwrights and other artists were invited to submit a letter to the incoming President and Vice President about our “hopes, dreams, and vision for what America can become with the arrival of a new administration.” This letter is one response to that…

“Mitch McConnell” by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

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The McConnell “Rule”

In the political arena, perhaps the most outrageous bad-faith argument in recent years has just leaped back into the news: Sen. Mitch McConnell’s blatant theft of a Supreme Court nomination in 2016. In February of that year, conservative Justice Antonin Scalia died unexpectedly…

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“Infinite Argument Swatch” by Gwendal_ is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

There is No Safe Space

When the Coronavirus lockdown began in March, the Fender Musical Instruments Corporation started a clever promotion: three free months, to anyone who wanted them, of their FenderPlay music-instruction program. I was working from home like so many others, and I had…

“Trump Protest Los Angeles” by waltarrrrr is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

Says Hamlet to his wayward mother:

Assume a virtue, if you have it not.
That monster, custom, who all sense doth eat,
Of habits devil, is angel yet in this,
That to the use of actions fair and good
He likewise gives a frock or livery,
That aptly is put on. Refrain to-night,
And that shall…

Robert Toombs

Dramatists Guild member, Climate Reality activist. Words WILL save the world, dangit.

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