Robert C. Koehler

Robert C. Koehler

Robert Koehler is an award-winning, Chicago-based journalist and nationally syndicated writer. His new book, Courage Grows Strong at the Wound is now available. Contact him at koehlercw@gmail.com or visit his website at commonwonders.com.

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Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 11:00am
Finding Peace at the Heart of Grief
A young, much-beloved woman was gang-raped three years ago on a bus in Delhi and a culture exploded. The documentary India’s Daughter , which addresses the horrific rape-murder and its aftermath, is part of that explosion of awareness, aimed straight at the heart of India’s cultural dismissal of...
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Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 8:15am
Beached America
For at least the last four decades now I feel like I’ve been living in Beached America: a nation that has lost its values, even as it writhes in violent agitation, inflicting its military on the vulnerable regions of the planet. It does so in the name of those lost values . . . democracy, freedom,...
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Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 11:00am
Confronting Our Toxic Legacy
Maybe if we declared “war” on poison water, we’d find a way to invest money in its “defeat.” David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz , writing at Tom Dispatch this week about what they called “The United States of Flint,” make this point: “The price tag for replacing the lead pipes that contaminated its...
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Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 8:00am
Four Horsemen of Democracy
“It was also a shock to the system that a candidate universally known in Iowa, with deep pockets and long experience, could come close to losing to a relative unknown who was initially considered little more than a protest candidate.” Just think of it! The tiny, tightly controlled consciousness...
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Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 8:30am
Presidential Politics and the American Soul
When I want to believe that America is a democracy — indeed, to feel so deeply this is so that my soul trembles — I turn to Martin Luther King, who gave his life for it. He cried out for something so much more than a process: a game of winners and losers. He reached for humanity’s deepest yearning...
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Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 8:30am
Evolution: A Candidate
“And finally, how can we make our politics reflect what’s best in us, and not what’s worst?” The president asked the right question in his State of the Union address last week. What if he’d actually answered it – or at least addressed it honestly? Oh, torn heart, torn citizenship. I find myself...
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Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 9:45am
Kayla's Legacy
She had so little and she had so much. I didn’t know her, except for the tiny piece of her life that was revealed in the 2013 documentary Hear OurVoices , directed by David and Patricia Earnhardt, but her candid, gutsy presence in that film was sufficient to pull her into my heart. Kayla Braynton...
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Thursday, January 7, 2016 - 8:45am
Taking on the Nuclear Goliath
Just as we stood for freedom in the 20th century, we must stand together for the right of people everywhere to live free from fear in the 21st century. And . . . as the only nuclear power to have used a nuclear weapon, the United States has a moral responsibility to act. We cannot succeed in this...
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Thursday, December 31, 2015 - 9:30am
Law, Order, and Social Suicide
Want a ringside seat for the war on crime? Go to killedbypolice.net . A few hours ago (as I write this), the site had listed 1,191 police killings in the U.S. this year. I just looked again. The total is up one. This, about killing number 1,192, is from the Fresno Bee , which the site links to: “...
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Wednesday, December 23, 2015 - 8:45am
Love South of Heaven
Write about love, as in love thy enemy, and the social recoil sounds like this: “There is no nexus at which we can speak with ISIS. Singing Kumbaya while being led to a beheading can’t work.” Or this: “Any thug who threatens a cop gets what he deserves. One bullet or ten — I could care less. If a...
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