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Video: I was Ronald McDonald

Joe Maggard was McDonald’s mascot from 1995 to 2007 — the eighth of nine men to have done the job. But what happens after you step out of the big red … Continue reading

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Video: Taxpayer Subsidies for Unhealthy Foods

What if billions in tax dollars were invested in healthier options rather than given to corporations to subsidize the very foods that are making us sick? Professor of Nutrition Barry … Continue reading

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John Samuel Tieman: A Few Thoughts On Sanders And Socialism

There is a lot of debate these days as to why Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, in his run to be president, is doing so well. Pundits think he will win … Continue reading

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Patricia A. Nugent: When Hillary Clinton announced that she’s again running for president, I cried.

I had also cried when I voted for her in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. I didn’t realize they were that close to the surface, but when I actually saw … Continue reading

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Video: “1st September 1939” by W.H. Auden

The date marked the moment when Germany invaded Poland, initiating the start of World War II. “September 1, 1939″ was originally published in The New Republic on October 18, 1939. … Continue reading

September 1, 2015 · 2 Comments

Jose Padua: And This is Where We Lived When We Lived in the City

He used to panhandle on Dupont Circle in the early 80s. That was where I’d get off from the subway at the end of the day when I worked at … Continue reading

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Michael Simms: A Parable about Publishing

A man in a hot air balloon realized he was lost. He reduced altitude and spotted a woman below. He yelled: “Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a … Continue reading

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Video: Neil deGrasse Tyson — A Brief History of Everything

Neil deGrasse Tyson gives a brief but fascinating explanation of the origin and history of the universe.

August 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: Head Over Heels

It’s not often that a student film gets nominated for an Oscar, but such was the case with Head Over Heels, the graduate film of animator Timothy Reckart that went … Continue reading

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Jeff Biggers: Call It What It Is: A Global Migration Shift From Climate, Not a Migrant or Refugee Crisis

Hundreds more died off the coast of Libya this week, on the heels of 71 deaths of migrants trapped in the back of a truck near Vienna, Austria. At the … Continue reading

August 29, 2015 · 1 Comment

Video: Masters of Photography — Imogen Cunningham

Imogen Cunningham was born on April 12, 1883, in Portland, Oregon. She began taking photographs in 1901, when she enrolled in a correspondence course in photography while she was a … Continue reading

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Djelloul Marbrook: Against Strunk and White

The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White is a grammatical manifesto that has dominated American literature almost from the day of its Jazz Age publication in … Continue reading

August 28, 2015 · 2 Comments

Doug Anderson: On Risk and Compassion

Constant irony, constant obliquity, perpetual hipness, constant skipping the stone over deep water, afraid to speak, afraid to stand up for something, afraid to expose the heart, afraid to mean, … Continue reading

August 28, 2015 · 2 Comments

Video: Ahmad Jamal Trio — “Darn That Dream” 1959

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on July 2, 1930, Ahmad Jamal was a child prodigy and began playing piano at age 3, discovered by his uncle. By the time he was … Continue reading

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Vanessa German: Being Awake

We are talking about being whole artists. about being awake and having seeing eyes and feeling eyes. we are talking about not having to know everything. focusing on both the … Continue reading

August 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

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