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Larry Abrams
Larry Abrams has been writing and producing long form Public Radio specials for the last twenty years. Among his credits are the Peabody award winning, "Miles Davis Radio Project," "Leonard Bernstein: an American Life," "Tell me how long Trane's been gone" and "The Musicmakers." He is currently finishing work on a novel that revolves around recent history in the Middle East.

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Entries by Larry Abrams

Dear John: Memo from God

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2012 | 12:00 PM

Dear John,

I heard you say at your impromptu press conference that you didn't think God was done with you, that there was still some good left for you do in the world.

I'm sending this message to let you know, that no, I'm done with you.

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Barry One-Term and the Lesser Depression

(0) Comments | Posted September 14, 2011 | 4:25 PM

On November 30, 1967 Senator Eugene McCarthy of Minnesota declared his candidacy for the Democratic Nomination for president against the sitting Democratic President, Lyndon Johnson.

Johnson's presidency, born of the assassination of John F. Kennedy and consecrated in the Voting Rights Act of 1965, was in trouble over the War...

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NBA Trading Deadline Notes: On the Periphery

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2011 | 4:50 PM

Back around this time in 1983, the Houston Rockets were the worst team in the NBA, just playing out the string, waiting for the draft. Later that year they would choose the best college player of his day, Center Ralph Sampson with their first round pick, and the next year...

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The Voodoo Economist: Obama Plus Clinton Equals Politics Minus Policy

(2) Comments | Posted December 16, 2010 | 12:16 PM

As Karl Marx once said, history repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.

It wasn't so surprising then, to see old Bill Clinton, a.k.a. the ghost of Christmas past, back at the White House the other day with a ruefully smiling, but sick looking, Barack Obama at his...

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Cliff Lee

(12) Comments | Posted December 15, 2010 | 12:36 PM

Is that God moving in South Philadelphia, or is it only Ruben Amaro Jr.?

Philadelphia Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro's coup in signing premier free agent pitcher Cliff Lee has sent shock and awe resounding through the baseball world. In fact outside my window at this very moment, the afternoon...

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Towards a Labor-Democratic Party

(14) Comments | Posted December 6, 2010 | 3:05 PM

Electoral politics has long been said to be "the Art of the possible," while the politics of change is necessarily about changing what's possible.

It is on the horns of this paradox that the so-called change presidency of Barack Obama has been revealed to be a Mas, as they...

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The Devil and Barack Obama

(5) Comments | Posted November 22, 2010 | 8:20 PM

And a good time was had by all.

The midterms are over and congratulations are in order for the new speaker of the House, John "Burnt Sienna" Boehner, who this morning enunciated the ruling credo of the Congressional Republican Party.

"Credibility?" he whistled in wonder. "We don't need no stinking...

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Baseball in Wartime

(1) Comments | Posted November 10, 2010 | 10:35 AM

Every season tells a story and for now, the story of this season is the San Francisco Giants and their improbable World Series victory.

While nobody thinks of San Francisco as a baseball town, the Giants made it into a Major League City when they moved here in 1958. That...

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The Series

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2010 | 1:35 PM

Ever since I was a kid, I've noticed that once your home team get knocked out, baseball becomes less subjective.

One of these teams, Texas or San Francisco, will lose the World Series and, depending on the manner of their defeat, go back to being the bums we knew they...

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The Philadelphia Perspective: The Phillies Lose the Pennant

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2010 | 6:26 PM

Well, the Phillies lose to the Giants in 6, 3-2, at home, and it isn't that big a deal.

I'm finishing my second shot of whiskey as I write this and my heart doesn't hurt as much as it did just ten minutes ago when Ryan Howard struck out...

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The Yankees and the Curse of Empire

(40) Comments | Posted October 22, 2010 | 12:14 PM

The late Joe Strummer of the Clash assured us that "the Future is not written," but sometimes I have my doubts.

In the National League Championship Series, the favored Phillies are now down to the Giants, three games to two, going back to Philadelphia for Game 6 and -- the...

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The NLCS: A Tale of Two Cities Revisited

(2) Comments | Posted October 14, 2010 | 11:26 AM

And then there were two.

Just as it's finally cooling down in the East, it's heating up on the West Coast after one of the coldest summers in memory. However the contrast between the baseball atmosphere around the San Francisco Giants versus that of the Philadelphia Phillies is less than...

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The National League Playoffs: The Three Aces

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2010 | 2:48 PM

A good rule of thumb might be that anyone who says they know what's going to happen in the National League playoffs doesn't, but here are some things we do know.

The Phillies are the best team in the National League, and on those grounds you would think, the favorite...

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UK Labour Leadership Elections: The Brothers Miliband

(16) Comments | Posted September 30, 2010 | 5:35 PM

"The desired effect is what you get when you practice your interplanetary funksmanship" -- George Clinton"

Though I can think of a few people funkier than the Miliband brothers, David and Ed, it is indisputable that their contest for the leadership of British Labour Party created, in the end, the...

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A Tale of Two (or Three) Cities

(1) Comments | Posted September 14, 2010 | 2:40 PM

As the requiem-for-Labor Day weekend drew to a close, the baseball pennant races in both Leagues kicked into gear, but especially in the National League, which appears to be where the action is this season.

In the East, the Phillies and Braves were locked in a Chinese death match, with...

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Every Season Tells a Story, Don't it

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2010 | 6:55 PM

This is my almost unmentionable 50th year of following the Philadelphia Phillies, but even fans of less antiquity understand: This is the best Phillies team of all time.

The phrase has a warm ring to it, but I can't help remembering the words of my late father quoting Branch Rickey...

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How the Democrats Can Keep Congress

(17) Comments | Posted July 29, 2010 | 11:16 AM

Yeah, I know what the polls say: That more people disapprove of Obama than approve of him, that only 11% approve of Congress.

But contrary to what the polls say, on all the big issues; Wall Street, the banks, the economy and environment, Republican ideas are not only unpopular,...

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Expropriating British Petroleum

(2) Comments | Posted June 17, 2010 | 2:40 PM

About a month ago, in the middle of May, our neighbor from the rental unit next door, got his PhD in Wildlife Biology from the prestigious local public university and left town to work for the Feds.

There was a job waiting him in the wilderness of the far north,...

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The Little Kingdom: UK Elections and What Comes After

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2010 | 6:00 AM

Gordon Brown--(with apologies to the Stranglers)

"Gordon Brown, they called him a clown
Just a prat, heart could not be found
But now that's he's gone, it won't be long
'Til you raise a song to old Gordon Brown"

Well they've done it now. A right...

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The Little Putz

(4) Comments | Posted March 11, 2010 | 4:34 PM

I was thinking about Rahm Emanuel last Saturday morning and how he's spreading the word that he's not responsible for the policy debacles of the Obama Administration (because the White House hasn't been listening to his tough-minded advice).

Then on Sunday morning, I started thinking about Rahm again when I...

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