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Joan Donovan (left) and Gabriella Coleman.

How to save democracy

Events examine what can be done to address grinding problem of race, internet’s power to exploit political, cultural schisms to destructive ends

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Typewriter.

Does the world need COVID novels?

Too soon or an artistic imperative? Fiction writers reflect on the history, power, challenges of stories in which real life is a dominant character.

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A Ukrainian soldier stands on a tank

Is war in Ukraine at turning point?

Much depends on whether Russian losing streak continues; even then negotiations will be tricky, fraught, Putin expert says

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Sue Gordon

No, Jason Bourne is not the real CIA

Ex-directors, officers, scholars mark agency's 75th anniversary with discussion of truth, lies — especially of Hollywood kind

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Electric cars charging.

California dreaming? Nope.

Expert welcomes aggressive move toward electric vehicles, but sees one ‘huge mistake’ policymakers need to avoid and a surefire way to anger drivers

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Workers remove sections of Orange Line track in Medford during MBTA shutdown.

Has the T hit bottom?

As transit leaders implement unprecedented shutdown, Kennedy School analyst offers some advice: Stop fussing around the margins and think big

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Women hold signs at International Women's Year conference in 1977.

How Roe got to be Roe

Schlesinger Library holdings document long, pitched dispute over abortion in archival documents, photos, letters, voices of women

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Protesters at the State House in Boston.

Clarence Thomas isn’t kidding

Legal scholar Mary Ziegler sees ‘selective’ history in SCOTUS ruling overturning Roe and signs that other landmark protections are in jeopardy

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