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Cultural Programs

Begum Akhtar, Muhammad Rafi
Portrait of Ghalib

Mirza Asadullah Khan Baig known by his pen name Ghalib was Urdu’s finest poet and master of the ghazal, love poem. He was born in Agra in 1797 and died...

Begum Akhtar
In Pakistan

When Begum Akhtar traveled to Pakistan in 1971 she made one of her greatest recordings. Hear her sing these classic ghazals written by the legendary Urdu poets Mirza Ghalib (1797-1869)...

Begum Akhtar
Greatest Ghazals - Live!

3 CDs. Begum Akhtar recorded at Aiwan-e-Ghalib in Delhi singing her heart and soul out in a 1973 concert less than a year before she died. Excellent tabla and sarangi...

Howard Zinn
Resistance & the Role of Artists

Artists have always been on the cutting edge of society. They are the innovators as well as the seers. Go back to Aeschylus, the great 5th century BC Greek playwright...  

Cornel West
The Legacy of Paul Robeson

Paul Robeson, an enduring and multitalented figure, broke color barriers in sports, music, film and theater. He was an internationally famous singer and actor yet in the U.S. he was...  

Edward Said
Culture & Imperialism

Imperial power is constructed on a bedrock not only of force but of culture as well. Culture provides the crucial underpinning, justification and validation of empire. Its crudest manifestation is...  

Ravi Shankar
Ravi Shankar: A Musical Portrait

2 CDs This is a special Ganges to the Nile program on Ravi Shankar, India's great sitarist and composer. Ganges to the Nile is hosted and produced by David Barsamian. Ravi...

June Jordan
Poetry & Politics

June Jordan knows well the burdens placed upon the children of immigrants. It's part of what gave her the courage and conviction to observe the world with the unblinking eye...

Mike Marqusee
Bob Dylan: Chimes of Freedom

Bob Dylan is indisputably one of the major musicians of our time. He is a complicated and paradoxical figure that defies categorization. Although his work has undergone some ironic transmutations...  

Kurt Vonnegut
In Conversation

Kurt Vonnegut was a cultural icon. His observations on the destructiveness and dehumanization of the 20th century, distilled by his rich imagination and quirky view of events and their time frames, make...

Michael Eric Dyson
Hip Hop Culture & the Legacy of Tupac Shakur

Rap music and hip hop culture have achieved influence and popularity with youth across the globe. Rising from the inner cities of LA and New York, the music has given...  

Howard Zinn
Artists in a Time of War

The role of artists, writers, poets, actors, and musicians have an enormous impact on society. Because of the special place they occupy in people's hearts and minds their influence is...

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