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Audio: “Masters of War” by Bob Dylan

. . This is a demo tape of Bob Dylan’s Masters of War, written over the winter of 1962–63 and released on the album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan in the spring … Continue reading

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Video: “I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die Rag” by Country Joe and the Fish

. Performed at Woodstock in 1969, this satiric song became an anthem in the movement against the Vietnam War.  Country Joe McDonald has performed the song countless times since, and … Continue reading

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Sam Hamill: The Orchid Flower

Just as I wonder whether it’s going to die, the orchid blossoms and I can’t explain why it moves my heart, why such pleasure comes from one small bud on … Continue reading

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Frida Kahlo: Sketch of Diego

Growing up from his Asiatic-type head is his fine, thin hair, which somehow gives the impression that it is floating in air. He looks like an immense baby with an … Continue reading

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Video: “The Ballad of the Skeletons” by Allen Ginsberg with Paul McCartney and Philip Glass

In October of 1995, Ginsberg visited Paul McCartney and his family at their home in England. He recited The Ballad of the Skeletons while one of McCartney’s daughters filmed it. … Continue reading

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Chris Hedges: Flint’s Crisis Is About More Than Water

What is in the mind of someone who knowingly poisons children and impairs their lives? Why did the politicians, regulators and bureaucrats who knew the water in Flint, Mich., was … Continue reading

February 11, 2016 · 2 Comments

Doug Anderson: Mother Death

Week doesn’t go by I don’t think of them, the men I couldn’t help, watched their lips turn blue then rattle out their soul it’s not easy to concentrate with … Continue reading

February 11, 2016 · 1 Comment

David R. Jones: Bernie Sanders Wins Every Demographic Group in New Hampshire

Senator Bernie Sanders beat Hillary Clinton among nearly every demographic group in the Democratic New Hampshire primary, according to exit polls. He carried majorities of both men and women. He … Continue reading

February 10, 2016 · 1 Comment

Video: How to pickle your own vegetables

The practice of preserving vegetables by storing them in salt or vinegar and allowing them to ferment is very ancient. As early as 2030 BC, cucumbers brought from their native India … Continue reading

February 10, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Vegan Kitchen: Chickpea and pickled zucchini salad

How do you give some love to legumes when you are as bean-challenged as I am? It’s a real problem for vegans, since beans are one of our key food … Continue reading

February 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: Clinton is the better choice

When I think of Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, I always imagine an enormous rock that weighs thousands of tons and symbolizes American society. Bernie and Hillary are charged with … Continue reading

February 9, 2016 · 5 Comments

Norman Solomon: The Democratic Party’s Biggest Insurrection in Decades

Forty-eight years ago, a serious insurrection jeopardized the power structure of the national Democratic Party for the first time in memory. Propelled by the movement against the Vietnam War, that … Continue reading

February 9, 2016 · 1 Comment

Marc Jampole: Dark Money And American Democracy

Jane Mayer’s book Dark Money does a thorough job of dissecting the 40-year campaign of a small coterie of billionaires to change the American political agenda for their own selfish ends. … Continue reading

February 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

Alice Friman: All for the Love of You      

On the day Daisy just plain died, Kenneth Haydon of Benton “left earth to shake hands with Jesus” and La’Kesha Walker, youngest of six, “passed through the gates of Heaven.” … Continue reading

February 8, 2016 · 2 Comments

Video: Maya Angelou on Con Men

. In this animated video produced by Blank on Blank studios, Maya Angelou tells a wonderful yarn about two con men who set up a white racist businessman to buy … Continue reading

February 7, 2016 · 2 Comments

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