At 2 a.m. June 6, 1993 a small cargo ship ran into a sandbar not far from a beach at the mouth of New York harbor. Then the passengers started to jump off. They plunged into the rolling waves, some clinging to plastic bags containing all their possessions. One after another they jumped. Soon two […]
Peter Cohn -- Political and Social Documentaries
Cohn made his first film in 1995, the critically acclaimed dramatic feature Drunks, shot in a church basement and on the streets of Times Square in 14 days. Since then, his films have explored immigration, domestic violence and the conflict in the West Bank.
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I was shocked that Biden pulled it together for the State of the Union. He not only managed to remain alert and coherent for 90 minutes, he delivered a powerful new case for a sort of Progressive populism that almost no other Democrats have been able to articulate. Some of the commentary has diminished the […]
War in Ukraine is shocking and appalling. It is a deep, life inflecting historical moment. Certainly for me, a child of the Cold War and someone who not long ago believed in a generally hopeful view about the likely progression of history. The uplifting dimension, of course, is that Ukraine seems to be winning, or […]
When I stand at the meat counter looking down at a pack of sirloin that is about 10% more expensive than it was two years ago, it does not occur to me to blame Larry Summers. Yet for David Dayen — a journalist whose work I admire — inflation is caused by free markets, and […]