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(L-R) Bing Crosby, Phoebe Bridgers, Judy Garland and Ella Fitzgerald. Paramount Pictures/Dan Tuffs/Alamy Stock Photo/Studio Publicity/Heritage Image Partnership Ltd

The enduring wartime spirit that powers classic Christmas songs

Songs that evoked holidays “just like the ones I used to know” tugged at the heartstrings of a nation receptive to the idea of a nostalgic past rather than a fragile present.
Ukrainian designer Margarita Chala stands next to shoes symbolizing war crimes committed against Ukrainian civilians at the Old Town Square in Prague in 2023. Michal Cizek/AFP via Getty Images

When there are no words: Talking about wartime trauma in Ukraine

Trauma can affect how people remember and describe experiences. Many survivors express their pain through objects and physical symptoms, an anthropologist explains.
A surgical mask adorns a war memorial statue in Toronto on March 19, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

War metaphors used for COVID-19 are compelling but also dangerous

The war metaphor may be appealing as a tool of political rhetoric, but it hides several pitfalls that, in the case of the COVID-19 pandemic, are dangerous.

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