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Sunday, July 28 2013

Latin Music Is American Music

For more than a century, immigrants—particularly those from Latin America—have helped forge the cultural identity of the United States. In so doing they've spiced up America's food and thankfully, its music, too.


Thursday, July 25 2013

Undeclared Republics: Scotland’s Artistic Independence

As the campaign for national liberation progresses and evolves, new visions of a reborn Scotland have proven as much artistic as they are political. What role do Scottish artists play in their nation's destiny?


Thursday, July 18 2013

Climbing Out of the Transhuman Stew Pot, or, Why I’m Not a Singularitarian

The big trend in apocalyptic thinking is now computer based, and it’s strangely not even billed as apocalyptic. It’s known as the Singularity, a point in the near future when computers become more intelligent than people -- and they absorb us.


Wednesday, July 17 2013

America’s LGBT and Straight Game Changers

These LGBT "game changers" are moving us all forward, into a world where sexual orientation is no longer the characteristic by which we solely define people.


Monday, July 15 2013

How to Best Handle Controversial, Racially-Charged Art? Talk It Up, or Shut It Down?

If Disney's Song of the South is as innocuous as its adherents claim, they need to think long and hard about why it’s out of official circulation.


Wednesday, July 10 2013

Ideas on the Ephemeral in Live Electronic Music

We take a look at how improvisatory genres such as jazz have embraced the one-off performance and how live electronic musicians can incorporate more ephemeral elements.


Sunday, June 30 2013

Country Music Ain’t Black & White: ‘Hidden in the Mix’

These explorations of the African-American presence in country music are welcome at a time when country music is treated, by insiders and outsiders, as a purely white genre, and exceptions to that are treated as aberrations, gimmicks or novelty songs.


Thursday, June 27 2013

Why Radio Still Matters

The key to radio’s survival is to embrace streaming, social media, and other means of establishing a global identity – all while maintaining a presence in your back yard.


Monday, June 24 2013

‘It Begins and Ends With Love’: A Conversation with Trans Activist Jennifer Finney Boylan

Best-selling author and transgender activist Jennifer Finney Boylan discusses her new memoir in a conversation that explores the transformative power of storytelling, the redefinition of family values, and the radical potential of love.


Wednesday, June 19 2013

Annihilations Return: Locrian, and the Beauty in Decay

Many bands aim to evoke the feel of humanity's end, but few bring portentous visions of decay quite like experimental/avant-metal trio Locrian.


Sunday, June 16 2013

The Fearless Trumpeter: An Interview with Terence Blanchard

Terence Blanchard is more than a brilliant jazz trumpeter. His long-standing quintet is one of the most flexible groups in jazz, and his work as a composer of film soundtracks is distinctive.


Tuesday, June 11 2013

Hip-Hop, Hashtags, & Hope: The Power of Rap & Social Media in Arab Protests

For the past three years, Arab world dictators have been confronted by a new generation of tech savvy youth armed with hip-hop and Twitter.


Sunday, June 9 2013

God Hates You, But Fred Phelps Doesn’t

The Pastor of Westboro Baptist Church is one of the most hated men in the US. That's OK with him, because he thinks that God hates you more than you hate Fred Phelps.


Thursday, June 6 2013

Good Intentions but No Imagination: The Schlock of ‘Accidental Racist’

In "Accidental Racist", history is a generic blob, a "back then" that can safely take the blame for vague injustices while more recent history is overlooked in order to soothe one's own ego. 'Cause these days, it's All About You.


Sunday, June 2 2013

Tomorrow Belongs to Her: The Art That Rose Against Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher is dead, yet her influence is stronger than ever. What lessons can be drawn from the cultural response to Thatcherism, and can they be applied again?


Tuesday, May 21 2013

Would You Like a Side of Attitude with That?

The LGBT community has been a staple of the service industry for years. At some point, you will have an LGBT server or chef working on your edibles.


Thursday, May 9 2013

‘Spring Breakers’, ‘Pain & Gain’ and Postmodern Folly at the Movies

Rather than exercise judgment or critical perspective on crime and punishment, Spring Breakers and Pain & Gain share their characters’ self-indulgence, making narcissism seem like a palatable or practical means to achieve goals.


Wednesday, May 8 2013

When Everything Changed: Memory, Nostalgia and the Tragic Turning Point

Popular culture creates its own nostalgic image of a time period that is both fact and fiction. When combined with the shaky foundations of our own memories, who can really tell what happened? How will pop culture translate the tragic events of today?


Tuesday, May 7 2013

Pink Floyd: The Prog Rock Archetype

Although they became hugely successful, Pink Floyd championed a type of integrity that seems uniquely associated with progressive rock: they never imitated anyone else or copied their own previous efforts.


Thursday, May 2 2013

Comics-in-Chief: Laughing With (and At) the Presidents—The Scathing Slice of the Satirical Edge

When America chose Nixon over Paulsen at the polls, it ushered in a president that many consider one of the most humor-challenged in modern history.


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