Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Audio: Hieronymous Bosch Butt Music

. A 600 year old butt song from Hell. Oklahoma Christian University student Amelia Hamrick has transcribed a piece of music hidden in Hieronymus Bosch’s 16th century painting The Garden … Continue reading

January 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Cormac McCarthy explains how a 9-5 job limits your artistic potential

. As Cormac McCarthy tells Oprah Winfrey in 2007 during his first television interview ever, he has made his creative work the central focus of his life to the exclusion … Continue reading

January 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Alexis Rhone Fancher: Thin-Skinned

You called it the ‘Winter of the Oranges,’ that February into March when our love was new, and the downtown Farmer’s Market sold thin-skinned navel oranges for cheap. You’d grab … Continue reading

January 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Matt Damon reads from Howard Zinn’s “The Problem is Civil Obedience”

. This performance was part of “The People Speak, Live!” at the Metro in Chicago, on January 31, 2012, produced by Voices of a People’s History in collaboration with Louder … Continue reading

January 14, 2018 · 1 Comment

Video: How Russia Hacked America — And Why It Will Happen Again

. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Russian hackers attacked the U.S. on two fronts: the psychological and the technical. Hackers used classic propaganda techniques to influence American voters, bought thousands … Continue reading

January 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Yo-Yo Ma and the Goat Rodeo Sessions

. The Goat Rodeo Sessions was an ambitious and groundbreaking project that brought together four string virtuosos: world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, fiddler Stuart Duncan, bassist Edgar Meyer and mandolinist Chris … Continue reading

December 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: The German Who Came to Tea

. This award-winning film tells a story relayed by Annie Day, a 102 year-old English woman who remembers taking in two German prisoners of war for Christmas holiday at the height … Continue reading

December 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: The welder-turned-poet who fell in love with words in a Glasgow shipyard

. ‘Imagine going down into the dirt to find a word that you’re going to elevate up into poetry. That’s mining for me.’ The Scottish poet Robert Fullerton is a … Continue reading

December 17, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Lakota in America

. Genevieve Iron Lightning is a young Lakota dancer on the Cheyenne River Reservation, one of the poorest communities in the US. Unemployment, addiction, alcoholism, and suicide are all challenges … Continue reading

December 17, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: An Amish Man

. This short lyrical film offers a rare glimpse into modern Amish life. Originally Swiss Anabaptists, the Amish are a fellowship of Christians who live in small communities in the … Continue reading

December 3, 2017 · 1 Comment

Jon Tribble: Anubis Online

… every god that is dead can be conjured again to life, as any fragment of rock from a hillside, set respectfully in a garden, will arrest the eye. —Joseph Campbell, … Continue reading

November 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Women of These Hills — 3 Cultures of Appalachia

. Three Appalachian women in their 80’s share their stories of growing up in the rural regions of the Appalachian mountains. Take a glimpse into their lives as they share … Continue reading

November 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Lin-Manuel Miranda performs “The Hamilton Mixtape” for Barack and Michelle Obama at the White House

  . Tony Award winning writer Lin-Manuel Miranda performs “The Hamilton Mixtape,” a song narrating Alexander Hamilton‘s unlikely rise from his origins as a illegitimate son of  a Caribbean prostitute … Continue reading

November 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Eleanor Ambos

. Eleanor Ambos is an unlikely tycoon. Since arriving in New York from her native Germany at age 20, she has transformed a modest interior-design business into a small empire, … Continue reading

November 19, 2017 · Leave a comment