The Greatest Show on Earth

Last week, HBO released the trailer for the second season of Westworld, the hit science-fiction series whose first season broke records for the network and captured the attention of millions of viewers, including me. I first watched Westworld on a flight to Germany last summer. I didn’t know much about the show going in, but... Continue Reading →

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‘Black Panther’ Is a Good Movie with Great Purpose

In its opening weekend, Marvel Studios’ Black Panther instantly became the highest-grossing February release in history, the 5th-biggest opening weekend of all time, the highest-grossing movie with an black director, and the highest-grossing movie with a predominantly black cast. Those last two are particularly important. Hollywood has long shied away from casting minority actors and... Continue Reading →

The Oscars Are Broken

On the night of Sunday, March 4th, one of nine films will be crowned Best Picture of 2018 at the 90th Academy Awards. It’s a tight race — many pundits say it’s one of the toughest to call in years. The problem? Not many of the nominees are very good, and even fewer are truly... Continue Reading →

Fox News’s Poor Choice of Words

Fox News headline reads “Sex scandal boomerang: is the left ready for a Bill Clinton reckoning?” Maybe it is time to talk about the allegations against Bill. But that’s not what bothers me about that headline. It’s their choice of words—“sex scandal.” The firestorm unleashed by the Harvey Weinstein revelations and the #MeToo movement is... Continue Reading →

Health Care is a Human Right

A couple years ago, I had a brief stint in the emergency room of the Philadelphia children's hospital. It wasn't anything serious; they sent me on my way after awhile with a dose of antibiotic and an Elmo band-aid (not my idea) on my arm. But what was staggering, when it arrived in the mail a few... Continue Reading →

Mike Pence and Institutional Racism

In the maelstrom of despicable, outlandish, and destructive things Trump has said and continues to say, I think some of his scarier sentiments have gone largely unnoticed. One that rattled me especially came in one of the Republican debates: Trump's declaration regarding immigration that "Here we speak English," which I consider the perfect representation of his blatant... Continue Reading →

The Problem with Punishment

From our earliest years, we are taught that actions have consequences. It's a simple idea, and it makes sense, particularly to a growing mind still learning the way the world works. Good deeds are rewarded, and bad deeds result in punishment. It provides both a motivation and a basic framework for morality. I lived most... Continue Reading →

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