The Atlantic’s April 2016 cover story is a sweeping look at Obama’s foreign policy. As part of a collaboration between The Atlantic and PBS NewsHour, Jeffrey Goldberg speaks with Judy Woodruff about how the president’s foreign policy is seen at home and abroad.
The short documentary Stitches is the story of a man who finds peace in knitting—after establishing a life in exile as an Afghan refugee during the Soviet–Afghan War. The subject is the filmmaker Abdullah Abo Jassin’s uncle, who writes, “His story connects in a way with all what my family has been through over the past decades.”
Evoking the Mulatto is a multimedia project examining black mixed identity in the 21st century, through the lens of the history of racial classification in the United States. It was created by the filmmaker Lindsay Catherine Harris, and features compelling interviews with young Americans as they reflect on the complex process of defining themselves. This is the first of four episodes—Harris writes on the website: “Evoking the Mulatto begins with a delicate and poignant portrait of the young biracial body in contemporary society in respect to these legacies, navigating identity within and beyond a black/white binary in the hope of blossoming into a broader discussion on our humanity, the right to our own bodies and our own identities.” To explore the entire project, visit evokingthemulatto.com.
The poet Sonia Sanchez rose to prominence as a figure in the 1960s Black Arts Movement, where she raised her voice in the name of black culture, civil rights, and women’s liberation. “Sonia Sanchez not only kicked open the door, she blew off the roof,” says the poet Byronn Bain. To this day, Sanchez is an active artist, and her unique artistic style continues to influence American culture and politics.
This excerpt from the feature-length documentary, BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez, features readings and jazz-accompanied performances of Sanchez’s work, as well as appearances by Questlove and Talib Kweli. The full-length version will make its national broadcast premiere on March 8th, 2016 as part of WORLD Channel’s AMERICA REFRAMED series. The film will also be available to stream online following the broadcast.
When Sonia Vallabh and Eric Minikel discovered that Sonia had inherited the gene for a fatal neurodegenerative disease, they quit their jobs to dedicate themselves to finding a treatment. President Obama believes that the American people may be able to help. It cost $400 million to sequence a person’s genome in 2003. Now, the cost has plummeted to around $1,000. These maps of all of the genes in our bodies are now easily and quickly attainable, along with enormous amounts of other medical data. The singular question of modern medicine is what to do with this data, and how to use it effectively, efficiently, democratically, and responsibly to improve human health.
In 2015, President Obama announced the Precision Medicine Initiative. Much of that is centered on using the droves of newly attainable information to better understand all the ways in which people and diseases are unique, and to deliver individualized diagnoses and treatments. The 2016 federal budget includes more than $200 million for the initiative. In this episode of If Our Bodies Could Talk, senior editor James Hamblin talks with the president about what to expect from this new approach to health–and with Vallabh and Minikel, who are racing against the clock in search of a cure.