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Education: New Yorker article details how a parental effort in Southlake, Texas, to confront racism in their schools fell prey to a national backlash over critical race theory. The article cites this event as triggering Texas’s attack on public education

Environment: Cipher News covers the technological innovations we need to combat climate change and transform our global energy systems.


Environment: The World Resources Council’s (WRI) mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations


Protecting Hill Country water resources

Intro to the Central Texas Water Coalition

What YOU can do to protect our water resource (CTWC)

Sign up to volunteer with CTWC

Mothers for Democracy Institute: Check out their podcast "The Voucher Scam" at

Keep up to date with state and national politics from a progressive perspective.

Commentary by the celebrated progressive film maker and observer Michael Moore. Also produces a podcast Rumble with Michael Moore.


Robert Reich, the Clinton Administration Labor Secretary, provides us with brilliant insights and supporting facts to help us promote progressive goals, and to enlist others.

Timothy Snyder is an award-winning historian who, though primarily a scholar of twentieth century Eastern European history, with additional interests  in US history, contemporary politics, international relations, digital politics, health, and education.

Steven Pinker is the Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. He conducts research on language, cognition, and social relations, writes for publications such as the New York Times, Time and The Atlantic, and is the author of twelve books, including The Language InstinctHow the Mind WorksThe Blank SlateThe Stuff of ThoughtThe Better Angels of Our Nature,The Sense of StyleEnlightenment Now, and Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters.

NSD Book Shelf

"Poverty, By America," by Matthew Desmond (2023): Why people suffer in poverty in the richest nation in world history, and what can be done about it


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"Hidden Roots of White Supremacy," by Robert P Jones (2023): How a little-known church doctrine paved the way for mistreatment of natives and imported slaves. Discusses in detail such horrific events as the Emmet Till lynching; lynching in Duluth, Minn, of three black circus workers; mass execution of 38 Dakota men; murders of 300 African Americans in Tulsa, Okla; and the Trail of Tears

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Democracy Awakening,” by Heather Cox Richardson (2023): Historian Richardson sees history as a roadmap for the future of the US. She began writing a daily Facebook essay during the impeachment of 2019. The plain-language essays put current events in a historical perspective. That ballooned to a newsletter with a readership of more than 2 million. In “Democracy Awakening,” Richardson explains how, over time, a small group of rich people have made war on American ideals.


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The Deadly Rise of Anti-Science,” by Peter J Hotez, MD, PhD (2023): Dr. Hotez discusses how an anti-vaccine movement became a dangerous political campaign promoted by elected officials and amplified by news media, causing thousands of American deaths.


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The Parrot and the Igloo,” by David Lipsky (2023): Lipsky unfolds the dramatic narrative of the long, strange march of climate science. There were the scientists who sounded the alarm once they identified carbon dioxide as the culprit of our warming planet. And we meet the hucksters, zealots, and crackpots who lied about that science and misled the public in ever more outrageous ways. Lipsky masterfully traces the evolution of climate denial, exposing how it grew out of early efforts to build a network of untruth about products like aspirin and cigarettes. (Description from


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