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This is a variation on my earlier diaries If you want better media, support better media.  I now concentrate exclusively on print media.  If you'd like to do something similar for other media, feel free.  

I've divided the list into two parts: One that has periodicals that have a strong emphasis on politics, current events and so on, and one about other areas, especially science.  

Feel free also to add any publications you feel belong on the list, and (especially) any good new publications.

Note that I do not read all of these, or even most of them.  

I read a lot.  I'm liberal.  I like literate writing, solid reporting, and in-depth analysis.  The sort of stuff that a lot of people here on daily  Kos write, and that most of the MSM doesn't.  But it's not all darkness.  If you want to read better writing, you have to support better writing.  If the journals that publish what we want to read get more subscribers, then there will be more writing that we want to read.  

Also, if you buy a product because you saw it in a progressive media spot, tell the company.  That will help sell more ads.  And, if, perchance, you like to read or look at right wing stuff..... well, you could write to advertisers in those media and say you won't buy their stuff because they advertise there.

On to the list:


The American Prospect  I've not read this.

Atlantic Monthly I've not read this.  

der Spiegel I've not read this --- a brief look seems to show a good but not necessarily leftist, magazine focusing on Europe

Economist -  A newsmagazine from England.  Also more conservative than I am, but superb writing, in depth coverage, very good stuff.  Time and Newsweek -  phooey.  This is a newsmagazine for knowledgeable, intelligent people.  But remember that they're slanted

Foreign Affairs- All about diplomacy, international relations, and so on.  More conservative than me, but then, most things are.  Mostly lengthy, scholarly articles by renowned experts from various parts of political spectrum.

Harper's I sometimes read this.  

Hightower Lowdown  Jim Hightower.  Nuff said.  But one thing I like here is that each edition has action items.  Also, he is a (very occasional) kossack.

Le Monde Diplomatique is French (you guessed, didn't you?) and mostly about world affairs

My vote for best magazine in America goes to Mother Jones.  Month after month, they have hard-hitting, well-written and well-researched articles covering things you might not find other places, or giving depth to stories that get a paragraph, elsewhere.

the Nation I used to subscribe.... but, while it's good, it's a little too irritating.  Last month, Geenius at work said that "it puts you into a state of outrage overload very fast" which I think is my problem with it, too

New Left Review is a British journal that offers (in its words): "Sharp, scholarly, analysis, interviews, and book reviews"

New Republic describes itself as "A journal of politics and the arts"

The Progressive looks really good.  I've recently subscribed.

Tikkun A bimonthly magazine on politics and other things, with a Jewish perspective

UTNE reader describes itself thus: "Utne Reader and are digests of independent ideas and alternative culture. Not right, not left, but forward thinking".  I do read this one, the problem I have with it is just that it is a digest.  It summarizes things well, but then you have to do more research.

Washington Monthly

Wilson Quarterly in depth, scholarly writing on a wide variety of topics

Yes! "supporting you in building a just and sustainable world] is yet another I haven't read.  It seems more action-oriented than some of the others, and that's good.

Funny Times is political comedy with a liberal slant.  Not news, but funny.

National Geographic is another that I never got into reading.  But it has good, in-depth articles with extensive reporting.

New Scientist A general science magazine.  Less scholarly and more general interest than SciAm, more about science in the news.

The New Yorker  I read this very occasionally, when I see it in a waiting room or something.  It looks really good ... and, of course, there are the cartoons

New York Review of Books superb book reviews, and usually a couple of solidly liberal articles that are not exactly book reviews.

Science News- A weekly newsmagazine about science.  Short articles, and always a few short book reviews.

Scientific American  A really good science journal; I also like Scientific American Mind


Christian Science Monitor

The Guardian  Available in various editions.  I have not read this

I read the NY Times.  It's not as good as it could be, but it's among the best we've got.

Many like the Wall Street Journal (but not the editorial page!)

And some mentioned the Washington Post

Originally posted to Readers and Book Lovers on Sat Mar 12, 2011 at 11:30 AM PST.

Also republished by Progressive Friends of the Library Newsletter.

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Comment Preferences

  •  I can't think of any more (8+ / 0-)

    because your list is quite good.  I do like the New Yorker. Every once in a while they have an in-depth investigative piece that just blows me away.

    Another resource is local weekly newspapers...many are quite progressive and have one or two good investigative or feature stories a week that the mainstream media won't touch.

  •  This is a very decent round-up. (4+ / 0-)
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    plf515, dizzydean, Larsstephens, Loge

    I do rely on general reporting and commentary in The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books, but can't keep up with even those.

  •  I've tried reading other countries papers (5+ / 0-)

    And foreign papers often have far more international coverage than American papers. Since I only know English and some Spanish I'm limited to the Manchester Independent, the Toronto Globe and Mail, El Pais and a few others.  There's a whole world out there, but only a few American papers realize that.

  •  The Progressive Populist & In These Times (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    OLinda, plf515, Larsstephens
  •  I would add one magazine... (9+ / 0-)

    The Skeptical Inquirer is published by the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (formerly the Committee for Scientific Investigation of Claims Of the Paranormal, or CSICOP), and is an excellent resource for debunking pseudo-science such as Intelligent Design.

    As for newspapers, my paper of choice is The St. Petersburg Times of Florida. It is one of the few (possibly even only, but don't quote me on that) metro daily newspapers left that is not owned by a media conglomerate. It is instead controlled by the Poynter Institute, an independent foundation set up by the newspaper's first publisher, Nelson Poynter, to ensure its independence after his death.

    The Times does an excellent job of spotlighting corruption in state and local government. If Rick Scott is indicted before being voted out in 2014 (as I hope will be the case), my money is on The Times to break the story that lands him in jail.

  •  Z Magazine is excellent; Skeptical Inquirer I (2+ / 0-)
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    plf515, jnhobbs

    also get and can highly recommend it. Nice call.

  •  Great list .... (9+ / 0-)

       I think that the McClatchy Newspapers do a fine job.
       I read their reporting online and find it to be very good.

  •  I like the list...might add (3+ / 0-)
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    plf515, Larsstephens, bookgirl

    the City Paper or other free weeklies...we have the Philadelphia Weekly as well as the CP.  I enjoy both and one has Dan Savage's column, which is always good for a laugh...

    I've been subscribing to Harpers for years...there are some issues that I find nothing worthwhile and wonder why I keep my subscription, then along comes an issue that blows me away (February's was an awesome one).  

    I always look forward to getting my NYRB in the mail...when it arrives, I get an appropriate beverage, pull up the favorite chair and have my night set...

    Puerilis institutio est renovatio mundi. Jesuit dictum, ca. 1590.

    by dizzydean on Sat Mar 12, 2011 at 12:26:46 PM PST

  •  My subscriptions (7+ / 0-)

    Currently, I'm getting The Nation and Rolling Stone, the latter primarily to read Matt Taibbi. I've been seriously thinking about subscribing to Mother Jones, because it seems like a good publication that needs support.

    Your list is a great resource.

  •  Washington Monthly (4+ / 0-)
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    Val, plf515, Dichro Gal, Loge

    missing a link in the diary. Here it is.

    Good mag to support. Often lighter, easier reading.

    America is so not like her hype.

    by OLinda on Sat Mar 12, 2011 at 12:39:49 PM PST

  •  I like Mother Jones. I also like American (4+ / 0-)
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    OLinda, plf515, bookgirl, BachFan

    Scientist, which I receive because I am a member of Sigma Xi.

  •  Great list!! (3+ / 0-)
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    cdreid, plf515, Radical def

    You might try Ode.  I used to subscribe back when I had disposable income.  Its' a good kumbaya antidote to the blind rage reading The Nation leaves one in.

    2600, though not necessarily political is, well, shall we say 'leans pro-wikileak' and is just a little anti-authoritarian.  Just a smidge.

    Bitch is good to leave lying on the coffee table when the relatives come to visit.

    And even though Popular Science and Popular Mechanics are reputed to be propaganda outlets for the CIA (not sure where I heard that but what's a Saturday afternoon without an attempt to perpetuate unsubstantiated rumor?), they're worth the occasional perusal.

    And, of course, Playboy really does have cough cough good cough articles cough cough

    Adbusters is usually worth looking at in the rack but never seems to be intriguing enough to purchase.

  •  The best reporting ive ever read (4+ / 0-)
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    Val, frisco, plf515, Dichro Gal

    and most of which you'll never see in mainstream american media is from: American journalism HATES fair. Back before mediamatters Fair was annihilating the spin, lies and flat out lazy incompetance of the msm. Theyve got some of the best research out there and some of the truths progressives have finally come to accept FAIR did the research on decades ago.

    The American Prospect: You HAVE read it. All of you. You just didnt know it. Tapped has some of the best reporting on the planet bar none. Their articles are in depth incredibly well researched and have no love of the punditocracy or "conventional wisdom". It is frequently a source for some of the best and most important stories on Dk.

    The guardian: The finest least biased newspaper on the planet. You will see news there every single day that will never,  Ever be reported in the US. I cannot stress this strongly enough. If you want a factual, truthful view of what is going on in the world, and in the US you read the guardian. After doing so you'll view the times and wapo as unworthy bird cage lining.

    Science reporting: if you want to hear the coolest, most interesting scientific stories of the day you listen to This week in science.
    They're obnoxiously science-as-religion cheerleading which is actually sortof awesome in a way. And if you dont have a thing for Kirsten Sanford youre gay or not lesbian enough to the point of being ridiculous. Even if youre gay it should make you 3% straighter or youre a robot. And Justin Jackson will annoy you to tears, in an awesome way. And if youre a straight guy make you 3% gayer he's that awesome. This week in science has been known to make Creationists masterbate to Scientific American articles. If you do not listen to Twis you should accept that you're education was a waste and your descendants will mention your name in hushed shame. Have i mentioned how awesome is...

    A man is born as many men but dies as a single one.--Martin Heidegger

    by cdreid on Sat Mar 12, 2011 at 01:20:04 PM PST

    •  Cool - I had never visited before (2+ / 0-)
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      cdreid, plf515

      ...but I will from now on! Thanks.

      "Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane." -- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

      by frisco on Sat Mar 12, 2011 at 01:40:33 PM PST

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      •  FAIR (4+ / 0-)
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        frisco, plf515, Catte Nappe, flowerfarmer

        is the organisation that actually investigated and reported the actual "vast right wing conspiracy" and backed it up with numbers and facts. That it was created and funded by a handfull of billionaires. That there was a strategy..

        They are also the organisation that researched the americas largest corporations and created a graphic displaying how most of them are governed by a very small number of people who are on multiple boards. Creating in effect a giant syndicate.

        They are despised by the likes of Cokie roberts who ive only seen mention them once. Dismissively and with a sneer for outing her and donaldson for recieving huge kickbacks for spinning stories. Roberts was enraged that she is no longer allowed to report on Exxon the day after she gives a $50,000 speech...

        A man is born as many men but dies as a single one.--Martin Heidegger

        by cdreid on Sat Mar 12, 2011 at 01:49:16 PM PST

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  •  My subscriptions.... (2+ / 0-)
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    tmo, plf515

    Nearly all electronic at this point, though we do still get The Economist in paper-copy version as well:
    The Economist
    The New Republic
    The New Yorker
    New York Times
    Boston Globe
    Wall Street Journal

    "Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane." -- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by frisco on Sat Mar 12, 2011 at 01:34:46 PM PST

  •  For those without "disposable income" (4+ / 0-)
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    tmo, plf515, Catte Nappe, Loge

    as mentioned above, a great site where you can sample articles, from many of the print materials listed above, is Arts and Letters Daily (from the Chronicle of Education).  It is divided into three sections:  "Articles of Note;" "New Books;" and "Essays and Opinion."

    I sometimes get lost in its "pages" since they choose such interesting and controversial subjects from a wide variety of fields.

    Just waitin' around for the new Amy Winehouse album

    by jarbyus on Sat Mar 12, 2011 at 02:35:05 PM PST

  •  The New Yorker (3+ / 0-)
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    plf515, Catte Nappe, Dbug

    is a goldmine.  It's the very rare issue that doesn't have at lease one article that I don't absolutely love.  And yes, there are the cartoons.  :-)

    ‎"The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread." -- Anatole France

    by Mehitabel9 on Sat Mar 12, 2011 at 02:41:14 PM PST

  •  mother earth news (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    plf515, flowerfarmer

     It is not the back-to-the-land hippie magazine I loved back in the day, but it is still a great source of low impact living ideas.  And occasionally it remembers who it used to be and takes a slap or two at the status quo.

      My favorite year after year.

      I also love Mother Jones.

  •  I like The Nation-and appreciate the app. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    The more you can increase fear of drugs and crime, welfare mothers, immigrants and aliens, the more you control all the people. Noam Chomsky

    by willkath on Sat Mar 12, 2011 at 04:36:35 PM PST

  •  Your local (or weekly) paper (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    plf515, hlsmlane

    The "msm" one, not the alternative one. Even if it is the product of a mouthbreathing troglodyte of a publisher and a card carrying tea party editor. I know you say you "have no use" for it. You wouldn't sully your birdcage ( or the cat's litter box) with it, but...

    That "rag" is a key source of the most well informed and "intellectual" of your fellow citizens.  Those who guide community opinion for those who don't read any paper. You need to know what they know - and what they don't. You need to know how they think in order to have any influence of your own, however small it might be. These are the people who stand in line with you at the ballot box. They have more to do with the political decisions affecting your community, state, and nation than all of the DKos members put together.

  •  A friend described The Utne Reader (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    plf515, flowerfarmer

    as "the left wing version of Reader's Digest." They collect news stories from here and there and summarize or excerpt them.

    I have loved the New Yorker for many years. They've done (and continue to do) some really great reporting. The short pieces (especially the political opinions) are pretty good, too.

    I sometimes buy Rolling Stone, especially if it's got something by Matt Taibbi. He's an exceptionally good writer/journalist.

    "One man's Mede is another man's Persian." - George S. Kaufman

    by Dbug on Sat Mar 12, 2011 at 10:41:57 PM PST

  •  Rolling Stone... nt (1+ / 0-)
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  •  What I get (0+ / 0-)

    Consumer Reports - they don't accept advertising, and they're not afraid to speak truth to power.  Their car issue every April is indispensable.

    Bitch - normally I'd recommend them without hesitation, but I was less than pleased with their fact checking on a few recent articles.  I also was quite disturbed by their response to a recent flap over a list of YA books, several of which their editors hadn't even read before recommending.  I dropped my subscription for now but may reup in a couple of months.

    American Heritage - the best history magazine in the country is back as a quarterly under the aegis of one of the Grosvenors of National Geographic fame.  It's not as good as it was, and so far the contributor list has been disturbingly free of women and non-whites, but it's still better than 90% of what's out there.

    Vanity Fair - terrific, well-written gossip and cinema coverage, plus they were one of the first MSM publications to call out the Bush administration on its lies and its destruction of the economy.  Great stuff, and they have enough advertising dollars that they don't give a damn about Murdoch and News Corps.

    Conde Nast Traveler - pure fluff, but the photographs are gorgeous, plus they have great tips on international travel.  

    I also read the following, either at the office or on-line

    Boston Globe

    New York Times

    Daily Hampshire Gazette

    Springfield Republican

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