When countries have problems at home, dictators play up foreign threats and stoke nationalism.
Notes on Louis Armstrong, regional pronunciation, etc.
On Lincoln and the Lord; a chance meeting out west; etc.
How Americans sing, how Americans talk, etc.
A talk with Vladimir Kara-Murza, the Russian democracy leader and writer.
Some reader mail, mainly concerning Nashville, Tennessee.
On war memorials and related matters in Nashville, Tennessee.
On a podcast with Farida Nabourema, Togolese democracy leader and human-rights activist.
Reader mail, including about addiction, recovery, and Christmas.
Advocates of freedom and democracy are being crushed.