Posts by Marty Kaplan

The Suicide Epidemic Is A Symptom Of Our Sick Body Politic

This originally appeared in the Forward and is republished with permission. I would love to believe in petitionary prayer. Especially when life and death are at stake, a God who hears my supplications would be deeply reassuring. Despite my skepticism, I never pass up a chance in shul to say… More

Trust #PlaidShirtGuy To End Trump’s Nightmare Reign

This originally appeared in the Forward and is republished with permission. I was wondering if I was reading too much into the near-convergence of Sen. John McCain’s funeral; Labor Day, the traditional kickoff of the campaign season; and Rosh Hashanah, the start of the Jewish holidays of repentance and renewal.… More

Life, Death And Wrestling With Delacroix’s Angel In Paris

This originally appeared in the Forward and is republished with permission. You must see the garden,” said the guard, in French, pointing to a door in the Delacroix Museum that my daughter and I hadn’t noticed. It led outside and down two sets of stairs to an exquisite courtyard, a silent oasis below… More

“Roseanne” Has New Neighbors. They’re Muslim.

ABC made the May 8, 2018 episode of “Roseanne” available in advance for comment by some thoughtful observers. When producer Tom Werner, an old friend, asked me if I had some scholars to suggest, I immediately thought of Amir Hussain and Sohad Murrar. Marty Kaplan, Director, Norman Lear Center Why… More

What Bette Davis Can Teach Donald Trump About Fake News

This originally appeared in the Forward and is republished with permission. You are teaching a class on media literacy. You want your students to think critically about the truth claims of messages. You bring to the classroom Donald Trump and Bette Davis. You display a Trump tweet about our trade… More

It’s Not Cambridge Analytica We Need To Worry About, It’s Our Minds

This originally appeared in the Forward and is republished with permission. The Cambridge Analytica furor, like the uproar over Russian penetration of Facebook that preceded it, has painted a bullseye on Mark Zuckerberg. I get why he and other social media CEOs are waffling about testifying at congressional hearings: They’re afraid that… More

Of God, Dice and Fatal Car Acccidents

This originally appeared in the Forward and is republished with permission. It was the second time I noticed a news story about a fatal crash of a church group that I had the uneasy feeling there was a pattern. That time, it was Baptists, seniors in their church’s Young at… More

This UFO Changes Everything

This originally appeared in the Forward and is republished with permission. “Look at that thing, dude!” A hundred miles off the coast of San Diego, two Navy fighter pilots on a Super Hornets training mission spot a whitish, oval-shaped aircraft of some kind flying on an unearthly trajectory at crazy… More