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Q&A: Meena Alexander on Her Latest Poems, Politics and Sense of Place

Meena Alexander, a poet and scholar, seems to be in perpetual motion. She spent much of her early years living in different landscapes, from India to Sudan, to England. Today, Alexander calls New York...

Q&A: Singer-songwriter Bhi Bhiman on the places that shape him, from Sri Lanka to...

It’s hard to describe the music of singer-songwriter Bhi Bhiman, but a few words come to mind – soaring, haunting, folksy and clever. Others have described him as “a feast” and as “first-rate, folk-based...

‘Roots & Reflections’ Adds Voices of South Asian Settlers to History of the Pacific...

Settlers and pioneers figure prominently into the historical imagination of the Pacific Northwest. We picture them as denim-clad adventurers from the 1800s, seeking opportunity in America’s final frontier. But settlers aren’t just a thing...

Exploring Women’s Love-Hate Relationship With “Eat, Pray, Love”

Elizabeth Gilbert’s best-selling book walks the line between self-discovery and self-obsession.

How Our Language Divides and Deepens Us

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month – a time to commemorate the contributions of the Asian American community as a whole. While this sense of unity is deeply important, the APA label lumps together...

Is the World’s Largest Democracy in Serious Trouble?

“What have we done to democracy? … What happens when each of its institutions has metastasized into something dangerous? What happens now that democracy and the free market have fused into a single...

Is the World’s Largest Democracy in Serious Trouble?

A look at air quality in the ID for August

Tackling Poverty Through Human Rights

The financial crisis is deepening poverty’s reach across the globe; the fierce healthcare debate in the U.S. is raising questions about what rights are truly universal; and economic inequality continues to grow wider in...

Tackling Poverty Through Human Rights

The financial crisis is deepening poverty’s reach across the globe; the fierce healthcare debate in the U.S. is raising questions about what rights are truly universal; and economic inequality continues to grow wider in...

Living With Bipolar Disorder

“I was diagnosed with depression when I was 10 after my first suicide attempt, and that wasn’t changed to bipolar until I was 15. Bipolar disorder is notoriously hard to diagnose … Luckily...