Voting Rights Under Attack, A.O. Scott on the Value of Criticism

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Various labor unions and progressive organizations protest on Capitol Hill on Sept. 16, 2015, calling for the restoration of the Voting Rights Act struck down by the US Supreme Court.

Ari Berman investigates how GOP candidates are using gerrymandering tactics and a weakened Voting Rights Act to restrict access to the ballot. Pianist Hélène Grimaud discusses how music and the environment have inspired her latest album, “Water.” NPR’s East Africa Correspondent Gregory Warner explains the growing political violence in Burundi, the east African nation just south of Rwanda. Film critic A.O. Scott discusses the value of criticism and how it shapes art, literature and pop culture.