How Women Broke Into the Male-Dominated World of Cartoons and Illustrations

How Women Broke Into the Male-Dominated World of Cartoons and Illustrations

Early in her career, Dalia Messick, a cartoonist struggling to get her work published, got a couple pieces of advice from the head of the Chicago Tribune-New York News Syndicate’s secretary. First, change your character’s profession, she said. And secondly, change your name. Messick obliged, recasting her bandit protagonist as a roving journalist and adopting […]

America’s First “Food Spy” Traveled the World Hunting for Exotic Crops

America’s First “Food Spy” Traveled the World Hunting for Exotic Crops

For practically a century after its founding, the United States still couldn’t lay claim to any distinct cuisine. The emergent nation generally relied on a meat, potatoes and cheese diet, with fruits and vegetables often left off the dinner plate. Moreover, commonly held wisdom said that too many spices or condiments might just ruin one’s […]

The world this year

The world this year

The tone of Donald Trump’s first year as president was set at his swearing-in ceremony, where he delivered a blistering attack on the political establishment for inflicting “American carnage”. A row ensued with the media about the size of the inauguration crowd (it was small). His relationship with the press went downhill from there. Millions […]

UN Special Rapporteur Says Tax Bill Will Make the US “World Champion of Extreme Inequality”

As Congress prepares to vote on the controversial tax bill, the United Nations has issued a scathing report on poverty in the United States that found the Trump administration and Republicans are turning the US into the “world champion of extreme inequality.” Philip Alston, the United Nations special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, […]