Myles Walker

The National Museum of the American Indian: An Overview

The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) is home to one of the largest collections of items in the Smithsonian network. With nearly eight hundred fifty thousand items to its name, there’s hardly a corner or corridor lacking something to show. Even its loneliest nooks — a path leading only to a small seating …

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Love, Hope, and Art: The Murals of Luis Peralta Del Valle

Washington, DC, like other hotbeds of culture, has many claims to local and national fame. Its monuments, museums, and political institutions attract visitors and transplants from far and wide. Half-smokes and mumbo sauce are distinct and delicious products of the District. The influence of go-go music and Georgetown’s Blues Alley club reach well beyond their …

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Migrant Busing

Migrant Busing: Where Do the Games End?

The American news cycle has been buzzing for months with a particularly bizarre political story. As the nation faces record-high numbers of asylum seekers at the Southern border, three Republican governors—Greg Abbott of Texas, Doug Ducey of Arizona, and Ron DeSantis of Florida—have resorted to busing thousands of migrants to Democratic stronghold cities Washington, New …

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We Could All Use a Rehearsal, and Nathan Fielder Wants to Give Us One

Weird television darling Nathan Fielder has finally made the big time. After expanding his following as the star of Comedy Central’s Nathan for You from 2013 to 2017, a comedy reality series in which he attempts to help real struggling business owners through increasingly bizarre business tactics—staging a viral video to attract visitors to a …

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politics

Politics Are Still Not the Problem

One year after Donald Trump lost his bid for reelection, I found myself wondering why the America he left us felt so divided. Why it felt especially divided. Though it’s simple enough to see that he broadened our divisions, his divisiveness wasn’t necessarily groundbreaking in itself. Prior to Trump, the country certainly had no shortage …

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Alvin's

Fake News: Alvin’s

National restaurant chain Alvin’s has come under fire following a string of thematic advertisements and promotions that have been called “frighteningly tone-deaf.” The multi-billion-dollar burger franchise most recently raised eyebrows with a Pride Month ad campaign that CEO Ruben Parham said was designed “to uplift and pronounce support for some of the most targeted and …

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Juneteenth

Reflections on My Second Federally Recognized Juneteenth

One year ago, I and three hundred thirty million Americans experienced the first ever federally recognized Juneteenth. Regular readers might remember that mine began less than exceptionally. When I heard two days prior that Juneteenth had been declared a federal holiday, all I could think about was how little of an impact that news would …

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James Patterson Implies: The Hills We Die On

James Patterson, the world’s bestselling author of the past ten years, has faced considerable backlash since claiming in The Sunday Times that white men, especially older ones, have a harder time finding writing jobs than most. In last Sunday’s interview, the “Alex Cross” author went so far as to cite “racism” as the source of …

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