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“The Americans”: How do you solve a problem like Martha?

FBI assistant Martha has had the word "poor" attached to her name by reviewers ever since her introduction on the show.

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Under pressure, “The Americans” try to avoid casualties

Here is the latest episode review of "The Americans" as the new season speeds onward.

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A desire to change the world: Author Gary Murrell on Herbert Aptheker

During the height of the "Red Scare," Aptheker was considered by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover as the "most dangerous communist in the United States."

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Spy parenting 101: Deadly decisions on “The Americans”

Characters Philip and Elizabeth Jennings are good parents. That is their baseline identity.

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“Madame Butterfly”: The racial/sexual politics of cross-cultural concubinage

LA Opera's current production of Giacomo Puccini's "Madame Butterfly" hits not only a homer, but a grand slam.

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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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Radical plots in our comics? Marvel goes there

Marvel Comics has often used its fictional universe as an allegory for real-life politics.

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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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2016 “Socialist Register” takes aim at politics of the global right

The Socialist Register has once again demonstrated why, after 52 years, it remains one of the premier international academic journals of the left. 

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