Best of 2016

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By David Michael Newstead.

Some highlights from throughout the year.

The Origins of #MasculinitySoFragile – The first in a series with the creator of the popular hashtag, discussing gender issues and toxic forms of masculinity.

A Conversation with Paul Elam – An in-depth interview with anti-feminist Paul Elam.

Discussing Safe Bars at a Bar – A podcast interview on the launch of the Safe Bars program in the District of Columbia.

An Interview with BEARD PAC – A conversation on politics, facial hair, and American history with the founder of a satirical Super PAC.

Politics and Social Media – A podcast interview with digital strategist Alan Rosenblatt on the role of social media in the 2016 presidential election.

Fatherhood and Feminism with Nikki van der Gaag – Gender expert Nikki van der Gaag discusses new research on fatherhood around the world.

Strange Fruit in America – The first in a series on the songwriter Abel Meeropol and the disturbing significance of his best known work, the anti-lynching song Strange Fruit.

Seek Justice for Us: An Interview with David Crane – The former Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone discusses his indictment of Liberian President Charles Taylor, the need for expanded human rights laws, and his on-going investigation into Syrian war crimes.

Chest Hair: A Personal Reflection – Just a random aside on life.

Russia Past & Present with Peter Kenez – An interview with historian Peter Kenez on the impact of the Russian Revolution and Russia in the modern world.

Russia Past & Present with Richard Pipes – An interview with historian Richard Pipes on the impact of the Russian Revolution and the 2016 presidential election.

Re-watching American Psycho – Revisting the renewed significance of Bret Easton Ellis’ novel.

Countering Street Harassment – An interview with DC Councilmember Brianne Nadeau on her efforts to counter street harassment in the nation’s capital.

A Nation of Immigrants, Revisited – A look back at JFK’s classic on the contributions of immigrants to American society.

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