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Brian S. McGrath

Brian McGrath is Senior Editor of TIME Edge. He joined the staff in 2015. During his 20 years of classroom experience, he has been a middle school ELA teacher in the New York City public schools, a writing instructor at the Univeristy of Arizona and Rutgers University, and a literature professor at Claremont McKenna College. Brian holds a PhD in literature from Rutgers University, in New Jersey. He spends his free time reading, writing essays, and visiting art museums.

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Election 2020

An Unruly Debate

September 30, 2020

The first debate of the 2020 presidential election took place on September 29. President Donald Trump and former vice president Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee, faced off in Cleveland, Ohio. The debate was held at Case Western Reserve University and…

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TFK Explains: The Supreme Court

September 25, 2020

Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on September 18. TFK explains the importance of the court and looks at how the next justice will be chosen. What is the Supreme Court? The Supreme Court is the nation’s…


8 Questions for Jennifer Eberhardt

September 17, 2020

People are sometimes treated unfairly because of unconscious bias. TFK’s Brian S. McGrath spoke with social psychologist Jennifer Eberhardt about how to recognize bias, and how we might stop it. 1. What is unconscious bias? Bias can be defined as…

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On the March

September 4, 2020

On August 28, thousands gathered in Washington, D.C., for the March on Washington 2020. They were protesting the unjust treatment of Black people. For months, marches have taken place in the United States. They started after a man named George…


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Passing of an Icon

July 20, 2020

Representative John Lewis, longtime congressman for Georgia, died on Friday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 80 years old. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi confirmed Lewis’s death in a statement on Monday. “Today, America mourns the loss of one…


Finding the Right Words

July 1, 2020

A marker, a magazine or newspaper, and a little imagination. That’s all it takes to create blackout, or redacted, poetry. But the effort can yield surprising results. Naomi Shihab Nye is the Poetry Foundation’s Young People’s Poet Laureate. TIME for…


Pandemic Report

June 23, 2020

The worldwide coronavirus pandemic continues to grow. On June 21, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported more than 183,000 cases, the largest increase in new COVID-19 infections ever counted in a single day. The total global number of cases to…

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Protests Continue

June 8, 2020

People around the world are continuing to attend mass protests. They are speaking out against racism and the treatment of black people by law enforcement. Demonstrations started on May 26, the day after a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota, killed…

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Protesters Call for Justice

June 1, 2020

Protesters have taken to the streets across the country and around the world. They are expressing their anger about the treatment of black people by law enforcement. On May 25, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a man named George Floyd was killed…

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Parks Reopen

May 26, 2020

All around the country, states are loosening coronavirus restrictions. Businesses, restaurants, and other public places are slowly reopening. On Memorial Day weekend, people crowded onto beaches for the first time in months. But many weren’t following social-distancing guidelines. This could…