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This week in women’s history: Poet-novelist-activist Marge Piercy turns 80

Piercy has written 17 novels, including bestsellers, and 19 volumes of poetry.

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“The Americans”: Hostility between two world powers in new episode

We return to larger considerations and smaller links in this drama between Philip and Elizabeth, and their loving, yet emotionally torn daughter.

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Spies, lies, and glanders: “The Americans” season four premiere

Season four of FX's The Americans begins with a troubling image from character Philip Jennings' past.

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Political thriller with music about Japanese HIV scandal impresses L.A.

Fast moving, eye-catching, colorful, deeply affecting, cathartic, and redemptive.

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“Anthracite Fields” earns Pulitzer for music about Pennsylvania coal miners

The working class has gained a new champion in the concert hall with the rise of composer Julia Wolfe.

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This week in history: Hattie McDaniel, first African American Oscar winner

On February 29, 1940, Hattie McDaniel became the first African American to win an Academy Award.

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Paul Robeson fought Jim Crow, lynching, and McCarthyism

Gerald Horne has made an amazing contribution to African American radical history with a newly published biography.

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Bringing Eleanor Roosevelt’s lover Lorena Hickok out of the shadows

The play's frank assertion that Hick and Eleanor were lovers represents a departure from earlier dramatizations of their relationship.

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Documentary on Black Panther Party explores organization’s complex history

The film shows people who wanted to stand up and fight back against the oppression they faced.

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New Civil War book examines the role of guerrilla conflict

Until recently, the role of the Civil War guerrilla has been largely neglected.

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