Monday, September 19, 2016 - 6:53pm

Last night, a friend of mine told me about quipu, the system used by the Incas to keep track of numerical information. Quipus, also known as “talking knots,” are made up of thousands of knotted strings, which, when examined by a contemporary judge or clerk, reveal certain financial information. Quipucamayocs, or quipu specialists, were like a modern-day accountant or stenographer — recording what they saw around them.

Sunday, September 11, 2016 - 8:25pm

Throughout the ongoing election cycle, I have been made acutely aware of our national media’s tendency to remove politicians from their histories, forgetting the ways in which politicians have demonstrably impacted our lives and focusing instead on their words, their outfits and their "personalities" (an idea that, given the extremely limited access we have to these people’s lives, I question outright).

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 12:18pm

People told their stories, in whatever form they wanted. No restrictions, character limits or quickly snapped videos.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 9:19pm

We do not learn in situations that are entirely familiar to us. We are not examining who we are, what we prefer, our tendencies, inclinations and fears.

Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 3:11pm

At the beginning of Sunday’s Democratic presidential debate in Flint, moderator Anderson Cooper informed his viewers about the catastrophic state of Flint’s water system.

“Now, we've come to Flint because this is a city in crisis,” Cooper said. “A city where, as you probably know, the tap water is toxic.”

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 5:27pm

In Michael Moore’s newest film, “Where to Invade Next,” Moore goes on an international tour in order to “steal” the best aspects of other countries’ social politics. The film, which is an almost-two-hour critique of America’s social fabric — its schools, its prisons, its eroding middle class — somehow conveys a profound sense of optimism. Moore ends the film by reminding us that other nations’ current bustling, successful systems derive from methods and notions first developed in the United States.