The Five Invitations are my attempt to honor the lessons I have learned sitting bedside with so many dying patients… Witnessing the process of dying we come into contact with life’s precarious nature and also its preciousness. Then we don’t want to waste a minute. We want to enter our life fully and use it in a responsible way.

Policing in the Trump Era

by Barry Friedman and Thought Matters

Barry Friedman is a leading authority on constitutional law, policing, criminal procedure, and the federal courts, and the founding director of the Policing Project. Ahead of the publication of his new book, Unwarranted: Policing Without Permission, we asked him a series of questions about his motivations for writing the book, policing after Ferguson and Snowden, the role of the technology, and policing under Trump.

Whether he wishes to be or not, Donald Trump is the epitome, not only of white innocence and white privilege, but of white power, white rage, and yes, even of white supremacy.

Superbugs: Sonia Shah and Sarah Crichton in Conversation

Superbugs

by Sonia Shah and Sarah Crichton

Scientists agree that a pathogen is likely to cause a global pandemic in the near future. But which one? And how? Over the past fifty years, more than three hundred infectious diseases have either newly emerged or reemerged, appearing in territories where they’ve never been seen before. By delving into the convoluted science, strange politics, and checkered history of one of the world’s deadliest diseases, Pandemic reveals what the next global contagion might look like—and what we can do to prevent it. In this conversation, Sonia Shah sat down with Sarah Crichton, her editor, to talk about visiting illegal pig farms in China, the cholera epidemic of 1832, and her family’s personal experience with the superbug MRSA.