America at a Crossroads

Plus: what is to be done with the Police, capitalism, and more, in this week's issue of Public Seminar

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Signs at Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House on June 20, 2020. Photo credit: Johnny Silvercloud /

In this week’s issue:

America at a Crossroads

What Is To Be Done with the Police?



Back to School

And you also might be interested in:

  • Senior Editor Natalia Mehlman Petrzela’s new podcast about the Chippendales and the history of male stripping, “Welcome to Your Fantasy,” drops August 1: subscribe now.

  • Senior Managing Editor Helaine Olen on the demise of mommy blogging: “Urban Baby changed modern motherhood — but not enough,” Washington Post, July 9, 2020.

  • A History of Alt Media and Political Junkyism:” Brian Lehrer of WNYC interviews co-executive editor Claire Potter about her new book, Political Junkies (Basic Books) July 9, 2020.

  • Founding editor Jeff Goldfarb invites you to attend a Democracy Seminar webinar, “Democracy in a Time of Plague: Challenges & Opportunities in the Struggles Against Authoritarianism, Covid-19 and Racism,” on July 14, 2020. Register here.

Claire Potter is co-executive editor of Public Seminar, Professor of History at The New School for Social Research, and author of Political Junkies: From Talk Radio to Twitter, How Alternative Media Hooked us on Politics and Broke Our Democracy (Basic Books, 2020). You can tweet with her @TenuredRadical