Facing overwhelming obstacles, Jews and others in occupied Europe resisted Nazi rule in a variety of ways during World War II. Some instigated uprisings. Others worked more quietly to preserve community and create records of their experiences.
Drawing from new book Health Justice Now, activist and author Timothy Faust makes the case for a single-payer, government-run healthcare system that assures all Americans of medical coverage. Critics decry the cost. He argues that our country should address healthcare as a human right, paying for it the same way we do for roads and police and fire services.
Fifty years ago, Chicago’s Black Panther Party formed an unlikely alliance in one of the most segregated cities in America. Intent on addressing police brutality, substandard housing, and other shared issues, the Panthers enlisted a diverse mix of movements including the Latino-based Young Lords Organization and southern whites’ Young Patriots Organization.
The month’s second Searching the Psyche Through Cinema installment features Francis Ford Coppola’s classic look at life on the outside, The Outsiders (1983; PG; 91 min.). Set in 1950s Tulsa, Oklahoma, it follows the conflict between a group of working-class teens known as the Greasers and the rich-kid Socs (pronounced soches, short for socials).
Hollywood immortalized one of the most famous prison breaks in wartime history, The Great Escape of 76 Allied soldiers and officers from Germany’s Stalag Luft III in March 1944. But recall its true-to-life ending: Only three of the men avoided recapture or execution. Getting out, and getting away, was difficult and dangerous.
As sentiment for a new downtown baseball stadium simmers in Kansas City, Vanity Fair contributing editor Paul Goldberger offers some valuable context. Drawing from his book Ballpark: Baseball in the American City, he tracks the evolution of the sport’s tastes in stadium location and design and why they matter. UMKC associate professor Whitney Terrell joins the discussion.
Kansas City Baroque Consortium, Victoria Botero, Alison DeSimone
Barbara Strozzi defied the constraints of the times in which she lived. Born just over 400 years ago, gifted as a singer and composer, she was one of a very few women during the baroque period to publish her own musical compositions. She became one of the most prolific composers of the 17th century, male or female.
When journalist Sarah DiGregorio’s daughter was born nearly three months prematurely, she was cast into a place—the neonatal intensive care unit—where science, humanity, and ethics collide. Parents, doctors, and nurses wrestle with difficult, sometimes unanswerable questions. When does life begin? When and how should it end? How do we define being human?