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Video: Can Dehydration Affect our Mood?

Dr. Michael Greger explains how brain shrinkage associated with dehydration may not only play a role in cognitive impairment, but also levels of energy, alertness, and happiness.

September 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: Suzanne Lee — Grow your own clothes

Designer Suzanne Lee demonstrates how she grows sustainable textiles from kombucha mushrooms. The resulting material may variously resemble paper or leather. It is extremely receptive to natural dyes, but not … Continue reading

September 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Our Ambitious Call to Transform the World

A message to the world ahead of the UN Summit on Sustainable Development and the COP21 climate talks in Paris. We world citizens unite in a common call to all … Continue reading

September 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Vanessa German: The Secret Cities of Ohio

there are a million secret cities in the middle of ohio. a million hidden gravel roads pressed deep into the way back like creases on the dark side of god’s … Continue reading

September 29, 2015 · 1 Comment

Chris Hedges: What it Means to be a Socialist

Chris Hedges gave this speech September 20. 2015 at a Santa Ana, Calif., event sponsored by the Green Party of Orange County. We live in a revolutionary moment. The disastrous … Continue reading

September 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: American Sadness

Of all the sadness in the world there is nothing that can compare with American sadness. When America is sad the whole world weeps. Whenever one American is sad, at … Continue reading

September 28, 2015 · 5 Comments

Video: Bill Monroe sings “The Wayfaring Stranger”

The legendary Bill Monroe sings “The Wayfaring Stranger,” a well-known American folk and gospel song likely originating in the early 19th century about a plaintive soul on the journey through life. … Continue reading

September 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Audio: Flannery O’Connor reads “A Good Man is Hard to Find” (rare recording)

Mary Flannery O’Connor (March 25, 1925 – August 3, 1964) was an American writer and essayist. Author of two novels and 32 short stories, as well as a number of reviews … Continue reading

September 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

Audio: Woody Allen tells a joke about the Lost Generation (rare recording — 1965)

Riffing on The Lost Generation, Woody Allen imagines himself back in time, carousing with Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Picasso, F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, and famed Spanish bullfighter Manolete. It’s interesting … Continue reading

September 26, 2015 · 1 Comment

Video: Marilyn Monroe — Do I feel Happy in Life? (Rare Recording)

Excerpt from a rare 1960 audio interview for Marie Claire magazine combined with film clips of Marilyn.

September 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Righteous and the Sinners

Originally posted on Great Middle Way:
“We know that no religion is immune from forms of individual delusion or ideological extremism. This means that we must be especially attentive to…

September 25, 2015 · 1 Comment

RoseAnn DeMoro: Time to Break the Class Ceiling — Elect Bernie Sanders

Let’s make history. The 2016 election offers a rare moment to crack a barrier that can truly transform our nation – the opportunity to shatter the Class Ceiling. As an … Continue reading

September 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: Delta Bluesman Willie King performs “Spoonful” (rare footage)

In this rough-shot video, bluesman Willie King plays before a small dancing audience in a juke joint in Mississippi circa 2007. This is deep-rooted delta blues, rarely seen anymore.

September 25, 2015 · 1 Comment

Doug Anderson: When there is nowhere else to go

When there is nowhere else to go. When language shatters under the weight of what it tries to hold. When you cannot eat, cannot find peace anywhere. When you say … Continue reading

September 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

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