This week, in the sweltering month of August, Sarah Anderson explores the surprisingly short history of a treasured luxury: air conditioning.

Most Americans now have it at home. But at work, it’s another story. Moreover, as the technology spreads to developing countries, things are only going to heat up.

Speaking of hot summers, Diallo Brooks takes a long view of the administration’s simmering war on voting rights. It sounds a lot like refrains from ugly times past.

Also this week, Jill Richardson chuckles at a new Coke ad about “feeding the world” (feeding it sugar, maybe). Jim Hightower explains how a bogus push for “religious freedom” could actually turn churches into super PACs. And Khalil Bendib gets a laugh at Jeff Sessions’ expense.

Finally, Jim Naureckas makes the humble case that caring for our planet and the people on it will require revolution in all areas of business, no exceptions — starting with the media.


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  1. Trump’s ‘Election Integrity’ Commission Harkens Back to Jim Crow / Diallo Brooks
    Politicians have stolen our right to vote before. They’ll do it again if they get the chance.
  2. Talking About a Revolution / Jim Naureckas
    Saving people and the planet means upending virtually every kind of business — starting with the media.
  3. How Air-Conditioning Unites — And Divides / Sarah Anderson
    Most Americans now have A/C at home. At work, it’s a different story.
  4. Soda Doesn’t ‘Feed the World’ / Jill Richard
    A new Coke ad traffics in some questionable warm and fuzzy feelings.
  5. Turning Churches into Super PACs / Jim Hightower
    A bogus campaign for “religious freedom” could create unholy temples of dark money.
  6. Whose Turn? / Khalil Bendib
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