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Dr. Michael Greger: How to Eliminate 90 Percent of Heart Disease Risk

Preventing and treating chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and stroke with diet and lifestyle changes is not just safer but may be dramatically more effective. Medical myths and … Continue reading

August 31, 2016 · 1 Comment

Deirdre Fulton: The Anthropocene Is Here

Humanity has pushed Earth Into a new epoch which began in the 1950s when human activity set global systems on a different trajectory. The Anthropocene Epoch has begun, according to a … Continue reading

August 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

Walter Bargen: Midwest Estate Sale

  The postcards catch my attention amid the strips of tape that secure prices to books: paperbacks fifty cents, hardbacks $2, linen chest $175, ten disk cd changer $40, and … Continue reading

August 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: Warren Hinckle, Godfather of Gonzo Journalism, Dies

Warren Hinckle, the progressive, flamboyant, truth-telling, hard-drinking editor and writer who earned the moniker “godfather of gonzo journalism” by publicizing the likes of Noam Chomsky, Eldridge Cleaver, Susan Sontag, Hunter … Continue reading

August 30, 2016 · 1 Comment

Sharon Doubiago: Maybe the Revolution

  I love your poem insisting good will return, we have to have faith. But now is bad. At the Foreign Film Festival Awards the filmmaker of The Road to … Continue reading

August 29, 2016 · 1 Comment

W.J. Astore: The Many Purposes of War

Carl von Clausewitz, the Prussian military theorist who wrote at the end of the Napoleonic Era, is noted for saying that war is a continuation of politics. That saying explains … Continue reading

August 29, 2016 · 1 Comment

Video: “Balance” — winner of the 1989 Academy Award for Best Animated Short

. Directed by German twin brothers Wolfgang and Christoph Lauenstein, this simple black and white narrative won the 1989 Academy Award for Best Animated Short. Although the film may seem … Continue reading

August 28, 2016 · 1 Comment

Video: Room Service

. Something strange is going on in this hotel. — Directed by Ghaith Al-Talli, Vincent Brossard, Yannick Dondi, Julie Evain, Marie Greff. Music by Daisy Herbaut. .  

August 28, 2016 · 1 Comment

Video: “Groove in G” by Playing for Change

  Playing for Change: “We started this track in West Africa with a musical group named Tinariwen. We asked them to play a groove in the key of G, then … Continue reading

August 27, 2016 · 1 Comment

Video: Bonita Weisman performs “St. Roach” by Muriel Rukeyser

. Improvisational dance artist Bonita Weisman improvises a solo piece based on the poem St. Roach by Muriel Rukeyser. . ST. ROACH by Muriel Rukeyser from The Gates, McGraw-Hill, 1976 For that … Continue reading

August 27, 2016 · 1 Comment

Video: Post-War Machismo — Be a Man

. At 15, Dragan Kisin was beating up kids, drinking, and getting in all sorts of trouble. His father had left home to avoid gambling debts, and his mother was … Continue reading

August 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: On Politics, Poetry and Love

Truth pronounced begins to petrify. Except in the case words so woven they keep an inner fire alive that flares at the reader’s breath. Poetry is yeast inside language. Imagination … Continue reading

August 26, 2016 · 1 Comment

Jill Stein: In Praise of WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is a hero. Like Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, and other whistleblowers facing government persecution, Assange has sacrificed his personal comfort and safety to bring us the … Continue reading

August 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Walt Whitman: This is what you shall do

This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, … Continue reading

August 25, 2016 · 2 Comments

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