Race & Caste in the U.S.
A string of shootings of young African Americans has generated national and international attention. While these killings are nothing new, the proliferation of cell phones, cameras and social media has...
Not a Drop to Drink
Many know Coleridge's "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" and its famous "Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink." Perhaps less known is Mark Twain's, "Whiskey's for drinking, water's for...
Making & Breaking Stories
Dominant paradigms, dominant stories, the big picture through which our lives move. How much of it is constructed for us? Most of it. What are the prevailing paradigms and cultural...
The media like to present themselves as objective, balanced and free from any bias or agenda. Reality suggests something quite different. The media function as weapons of mass distraction. Much...
The Clinton Vision
Bill Clinton assumed the Presidency of the United States heralded as a New Democrat. He would do things differently. He wouldn't kowtow to powerful lobbies. He would break the bureaucratic...
Latin America and the Universality of the Novel
A Calendar of Human History
When looking into the past, the great historian Howard Zinn said, “We never get ‘just the facts.’” We often get glaring omissions and distortions. History is always a selection from...
The More You Watch the Less You Know
The news media provide less and less information and more and more "infotainment" and a steady diet of the trial of the century, sexcapade of the year and multiple car...
Martin Luther King Jr.
Archival sound from one of the most important actions of the Civil Rights movement. Features a 30-minute speech by Dr Martin Luther King, Jr on "The Pharaohs Never Give Up...
Real Politics, Real Poetry
The role of creative people in society has long been debated. Should they focus on their art and stay away from politics? Poets, writers, painters, filmmakers, musicians, artists in general...
Three Holy Wars
The conventional view of U.S. wars follows a formulaic line: We are innocent victims of unprovoked attacks. The sleeping giant wakes and reluctantly goes to fight. All military action is...
Unmasking the NSA
Imagine a gigantic vacuum cleaner scooping up all electronic communications. That’s what the National Security Agency does. Think you are safe from NSA snooping? That you can hide behind clever...
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