From prisons and youth correctional facilities to schools and county jails, we’re surrounded by institutions that punish. But why do we punish? Why is punishment sometimes sanctioned by the state? Are there other ways to punish—such as restorative justice—that may be more effective, reasonable, or desirable?
The United States’ long history of turning citizens against one another. An excerpt from Joshua Reeves' Citizen Spies: The Long Rise of America’s Surveillance Society, reprinted with permission from New York University Press.
Writer Donnell Alexander and photographer Kim Nguyen on one undocumented family's long wait for adequate health care
A conversation about the Great Migration with Isabel Wilkerson and Rukaiyah Adams
Writer Guy Maynard on a little-known history of a Southern Oregon community during World War II where prisoners of war were more welcome than US military of color
A conversation about the Great Migration's and the civil right movement with Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Isabel Wilkerson
Bandleader Simon Tam explains his fight to trademark his band’s name, “The Slants.” Tam recently argued his case before the US Supreme Court. He won.
Are there alternatives to police that could keep communities safe? Author Kristian Williams discusses lessons from the Black Freedom Movement.
Two journalists return to their native countries to help other journalists express dissent.
A conversation with writer William T. Vollmann on privacy, surveillance, and hope
Walidah Imarisha on revealing the stories and struggles of Oregon’s African American communities.
An excerpt from R. Gregory Nokes's book Breaking Chains looks back at Oregon's history of exclusionary laws.
Dionisia Morales looks back at her parents interracial marriage before the height of the Civil Rights Movement.
Historian Bob Bussel on Oregon's long history of protecting workers