Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, Ph.D.

Winds of Change in Havana

Raúl Castro (left) with Miguel Díaz-Canel [Photo: Ismael Francisco/Cubadebate/Reuters]
As Raúl Castro prepares to hand over leadership to Miguel Díaz-Canel as President of Cuba, Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado imagines what's ahead.   In a matter of a few weeks a monumental change will occur in Cuba. For the past 10 years, Raúl Castro has been Cuba’s President and head of the Cuban Communist Party. In a highly-anticipated and orchestrated ... Read the full article

Extremist Movie Debate: Lady Bird

In Extremist Movie Debate, a coin flip decides who loves it and who hates it. They then debate it on the fly. This episode? Lady Bird

A Less than Handy Guide to Cryptids in the United States

Travis Laurence Naught looks at our fascination with folkloristic creatures and our pursuit to capture if they’re real or merely overly active parts of our imagination.

The Daily Embers: March For Our Lives, Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and College Basketball

Happy Monday? Over the weekend there was a massive March For Our Lives, news that the Great Pacific Garbage Patch has gotten larger, and basketball games were played.