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Words matter. They’re critical tools for debate, inspiration, and understanding. We take them seriously at Medium. We know you take them seriously, too — 200 million words were published in January, Medium’s biggest month in history. Driving that growth are people well-known and unknown, sharing their insight into what’s happening in American politics and the world at-large. Your posts reveal that substance, candor, and credibility more than ever, from people who can deepen our perspectives and challenge our biases, are paramount.

To get you started, here are five top important topics rounded-up from January:

1. The travel ban for refugees and immigrants

Donald Trump issued a flurry of…


Oscar-nominated writer Meg LeFauve (Inside Out), producer Rosa Tran (Anomalisa) and director Evgeny Afineevsky (Winter on Fire) shared their experiences working on their films. After the Oscars, Vice President Biden went behind the scenes of his appearance at the awards show.

Fine Brothers Ent. spoke out about a potential video trademark infringement.

Funny Or Die premiered its film about Donald Trump.

Justice Scalia’s death inspired a wealth of commentary by people like Cass Sunstein (who separately shared his love for Star Wars) and Annie Duke.


In politics, Al Gore expressed optimism about climate change, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter previewed…



It was a busy January, with President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address and Donald Rumsfeld’s announcement of his new app, among other stories. Politico reported on how candidates, politicians, and government officials are using Medium.

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Oscar-winning director Alejandro G. Iñárritu made an impassioned plea (in English and Spanish) for immigration reform.

Paul Bettany wrote about the inspiration behind his latest film (and interacted with his fans), while Alanis Morissette did the same for the making of Jagged Little Pill on the album’s 20th anniversary.

Kristin Chenoweth shared her adoption story.

Both The Daily Show and HBO PR used Medium for announcements.


The White House published the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, in addition to many other things that happened last month.


Sophia Bush made a plea for girls to have access to education across the globe, while both Piper Perabo and Imagine Dragons’s Dan Reynolds advocated for support for refugees.

Veep actress Lennon Parham reflected on what it’s like to have a baby in Hollywood.

Fall Out Boy announced their new tour.

Comedian Sara Schaefer wrote an open letter to “hipster Jesus.”

Manager and producer George Ruiz explained his Instagram account.

Jeff Maysh’s story about the the Los Feliz Murder Mansion is being developed for film.


Amazon’s Jay Carney rebutted the New York Times article on the company, to which Times


Bono proposed a “21st-century Marshall Plan,” to which Melinda Gates responded with her ideas about how to alleviate poverty.

Orange Is the New Black’s Uzo Aduba paid tribute to the teacher who changed her life.

Wil Wheaton supported a strike authorization for video games.

Room author Emma Donoghue wrote about the experience of seeing her book transformed into a film, while Bret Easton Ellis opined about the new David Foster Wallace film.

Former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselić shared some of his thoughts on politics, while Arnold Schwarzenegger commented on California legislation.

We the T!

We devoted the month of September to a month-long…


John Green described his frustration with press junkets and, in particular, the treatment of Paper Towns star Cara Delevingne.

Jim Carrey expressed his opinion about vaccines.

Just Words is a new publication devoted to celebrating David Foster Wallace around the film The End of the Tour.

Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas explains why he made the documentary White People.


“Can Medium replace the op-ed page?” the Washington Post asked in regard to all of the political activity on the platform. This primer is a helpful guide for politicians and government officials to use Medium.

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Robert Redford published a speech about climate change, while his son, James, wrote about a documentary he made.

Tony Award winner for Fun Home Michael Cerveris shared his inspiration for the part, and then an expanded version of his acceptance speech.

Katie Couric joined the platform.

Grammy-winning artist Joy Williams explained the inspiration behind her new album.

Actress Brittany Daniel paid tribute to her father.


All that’s happening in government and politics (including Hillary Clinton and Carly Fiorina) can be found in our It Happened on Medium publication. Newsweek has the story about how 2016 candidates are using the platform…

Medium news

Larry Lessig helped kick off our partnership with Creative Commons.

It’s commencement season!

Matthew McConaughey, Ed Helms, Samantha Power, President Obama, and Vice President Biden all published their speeches.


For an update on all things political (Scott Walker, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, John Podesta, and more), check out the update below.

Also: The New York Times’s First Draft noted politicians’ use of Medium.


Miley Cyrus announced her new foundation.

True Detective creator and showrunner Nic Pizzolatto shared insight into the show’s new season.


For an update on all things political — including GOP presidential candidates (Jeb Bush, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio) and progressive Congressman (Debbie Wasserman Schlutz, Chuck Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand) and a new publication from the Tea Party Express — click below.


Brian Grazer wrote about the golden age of curiosity.

In honor of Earth Day, Mark Ruffalo made a plea for renewable energy, while Scandal’s Darby Stanchfield published her tips for helping the environment.

John Green shared his speech from YouTube’s annual Brandcast.

Judy Greer reminisced about her first car.

Tech and business

Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen conveyed new thinking about countering outbreaks like…

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