America’s new yard sign discourse

Torri Donley

The Twin Cities are bursting with political yard signs. They’re not campaign signs — those are tellingly few. I’ve seen more faded blue holdovers from 2016 than support for presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden or President Trump. No, the signs dotting my neighborhood and absolutely swarming the next neighborhood over […]

Presidents of the United States of America’s Debut Turns 25

Torri Donley

Click here to read the full article on SPIN. It’s been a quarter-century since the Presidents of the United States released their eponymous debut. And while the record found its way onto virtually zero year-end lists, its quirky tunes have somehow — against the alternative odds — endured. Name another […]

America’s dad Tom Hanks is very disappointed in you for not wearing a face mask in public

Torri Donley

America’s dad Tom Hanks is very disappointed in you for not wearing a face mask in public Uploads%252fvideo uploaders%252fdistribution thumb%252fimage%252f94539%252fd3e119d4 3956 49cd 8d12 e9fe3b9de514.png%252f930x520.png?signature=adnt4vumo3jqkdbov7qpqs8kw9m=&source=https%3a%2f%2fblueprint api production.s3.amazonaws & If you’re thinking of breaking social distancing rules and refusing to wear a face mask in public spaces, know this: Tom Hanks is […]

America’s national parks face existential crisis over race

Torri Donley

As millions of Americans escape home quarantine to the great outdoors this summer, they’ll venture into parks, campgrounds and forest lands that remain stubborn bastions of self-segregation. “The outdoors and public lands suffer from the same systemic racism that the rest of our society does,” said Joel Pannell, associate director […]

Racism Is America’s Pre-Existing Condition

Torri Donley

(Bloomberg Opinion) — The protesters occupying America’s streets are rightly outraged over the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and so many others, and the chronic brutality those deaths exemplify. But their anger also reflects another malaise: the disparate impact of the coronavirus crisis on the country’s Black population. As […]