Let’s catch up on the political cartoonists’ takes on recent social and political issues: the ongoing Corona virus pandemic, the lasting impact of the attack on the Capitol, “critical race theory,” the banning of books, the shifting composition of the Supreme Court, abortion, and, of special concern to the cartoonists, freedom of speech. Throughout the list of critical issues, we’re seeing the overarching theme of a divided nation, offered up with the compelling imagery of some of our most eloquent social critics, political cartoonists. We’ll look at a variety of opinions on these issues. As cartoonist Signe Wilkinson (Philadelphia Daily News) says, “Let the controversies be the beginning of conversations, not the end.”