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December 4, 2021 | Vol. 36, No. 23

Street-level diplomacy

2021 Book of the Year: Understanding the World How a little-known humanitarian built his own international networks


Pro-lifers set their sights on a single Supreme Court case, but it’s a pair of women—in strategic positions—who got it there

The fight over abortion access could culminate in the upcoming Supreme Court case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization


Holding fast

Belfast remembers family unity during troubled times

Who you gonna call … again?

A different kind of kingdom

Will Smith takes King Richard deeper than the tennis rankings of prodigies Venus and Serena Williams

Superhero firsts

Eternals is hopefully one of a kind for Marvel Studios

Big love

Live-action movie Clifford the Big Red Dog is a simple story of love, loyalty, and a big red dog


Traveling through time

Noteworthy new or recent releases

Immersive audio

New albums promise a new listening experience, but an older format serves just as well

Presidential ponderings

Presidential ponderings

A former president’s deep, silent, abiding convictions


Law enforcement thrillers

Four novels from Christian publishers

Multitasking on the go

Redeeming the time with podcasts for heart and mind

Children's Books

Wonders and miracles

Classic Christmas read-alouds

Raising Little Flowers

After keeping her childcare center open during COVID-19, Crystal Hardy-Flowers succumbed to the virus

Navigating a minefield

The National Women’s Soccer League faces a reckoning of abuse and harassment

Fighting the parasite

The first malaria vaccine goes to market, yet low efficacy raises questions