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Let It Bleed, Bro: The Rolling Stones Take the Sixties By Storm

Brian Hamill | Posted 11.20.2015 | Arts
Brian Hamill

Lights and darks. Highs and lows. Cheers and tears. Always, excitement. Despite the roller-coaster extremes of what was going on, those of us who partied hard in that decade will always remember it as the best of times. And the worst of times.

Marco Rubio Disqualifies Hillary Clinton on Age: Who Is He Kidding?

Judith Barnett | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics
Judith Barnett

Let's hope that American voters will weigh in for maturity and experience next November.

On The Cutting Edge With Bob Dylan: Part One

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 11.03.2015 | Arts
Anne Margaret Daniel

The albums' cover photographs are how very many people think of Dylan, still, today. He's lean, his hair in a snarly nimbus above a thin white face, with its keen, challenging eyes looking right through you. He is not listening to you; you're listening to him.

Legendary Filmmaker Ralph Bakshi Returns with Last Days of Coney Island

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 10.29.2015 | Entertainment
Gregory Weinkauf

I myself adored geek culture when that was kind of a bad thing, so of course I have to ask Ralph about his animated (and notoriously rotoscoped!) adaptation of Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings -- scripted by Peter Beagle, and a major influence on Peter Jackson & Co.'s live-action adaptation.

The Time of Their LIFE: Fun at the Office in the 1960s

Peter Mandel | Posted 10.26.2015 | Media
Peter Mandel

The mysterious, mostly disappeared world of LIFE magazine is all still there: Staffers hacking at typewriters, beefing about the managing editor, draining double Scotches and martinis before lunch. At least in my mind it's still there.

Transhumanism Immortality Bus Underway Across America

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 10.07.2015 | Politics
Zoltan Istvan

It seemed a wild, impossible dream a year ago when I told my wife and young daughters I was going to drive a bus shaped like a coffin across America to raise life extension issues.

Ringo Starr Remembers First Time Coming to U.S. With the Beatles

Tavis Smiley | Posted 10.01.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

The world's most famous drummer, the man who gave The Beatles its "heartbeat," has also enjoyed an immensely successful career as a solo artist and band leader, releasing over two dozen original and live albums since 1970, the year the fab four officially called it quits.

Mad Men's Emmy Finale, and History

William Bradley | Posted 09.24.2015 | Entertainment
William Bradley

After its very satisfying series finale, it looked like Mad Men might just end up with another near perfect finale, this time at the Emmy Awards in the form of a record-breaking fifth Emmy as Best Dramatic Series.

The Sanders Saga: Why Is 'A Half-Baked Version of Tom Hayden' Beating the Clintons?

William Bradley | Posted 09.20.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

I think socialism is becoming popular sooner than I expected. With technology inexorably solving scarcity as it eliminates good-paying jobs, a push for a more socialist approach has seemed to me to be inevitable. But it's happening faster than I thought

We've Replaced Your Wife With Folgers Crystals

Lester & Charlie | Posted 08.28.2015 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

Everything indicated that the American divorce rate would drop after the invention of Folgers Crystals. Research indicates, however, that in the early 1960s, when these commercials were introduced, divorce was at its lowest rate of the decade. Over the next ten years, the divorce rate doubled. Maybe the right coffee would have cooled down Donald Trump.

I Might As Well Have Been Eloise

Linda DeMers Hummel | Posted 08.06.2015 | Fifty
Linda DeMers Hummel

My grandmother grew up poor and without a mother, in a childhood that never rose from dreary. She then raised her own children in tough times, with only her tenacity to lean on. And though it may have taken her many years to get to high tea at the Plaza, or a steak dinner at Delmonico's, once seated, she didn't waste a moment once she'd gotten to that place in life where she was living it up.

Why a Presidential Candidate Is Driving a Giant Coffin Called the Immortality Bus Across America

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 08.06.2015 | Media
Zoltan Istvan

On my tour called the "Immortality Bus," I'm hoping to share with others that we should support a society and culture that is strongly pro-science and pro-longevity. My team and I plan to have embedded journalists aboard the bus, documenting our trip and enlivening the conversation.

Happy Birthday, Andy Warhol!

Jack Meyer | Posted 08.03.2015 | Arts
Jack Meyer

Warhol, whose oeuvre featured iconic celebrity portraits, a variety of soup de jours and countless candid Polaroids, is considered a pop-cultural superstar. On August 6th let's celebrate the birthday of this legendary artist. Happy Birthday, Andy Warhol!

Government That Reacts to the People

Byron Williams | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Byron Williams

Does democracy work best when government reacts to the people or the inverse? Unless one is a despot, I suspect an overwhelming majority, at least in theory, would offer democracy works best when government reacts to the people.

How the Astronaut Wives Club Got It So Darn Right

Meredith Spidel | Posted 07.27.2015 | Entertainment
Meredith Spidel

Of course they weren't perfect, but they got so much so darn right--in a time when it mattered so darn much.

Mad Men Has A Decent Shot At A Record 5th Best Drama Emmy, But Should It Win?

William Bradley | Posted 09.19.2015 | Entertainment
William Bradley

It would make perfect sense for Mad Men to win its record-setting fifth Best Drama Emmy. And it's high time for Jon Hamm, after eight nominations for his masterful performance as the iconic Don Draper, to finally take the Best Actor prize.

The 10 Greatest Stoners in Movie History

Alex Simon | Posted 07.09.2015 | Entertainment
Alex Simon

While the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal in all fifty states, the marijuana initiative is having an appropriately slower, but steady climb into legality. That said, we thought we'd take a look at some of cinema's greatest proponents of the stoner lifestyle.

The Milestone Moments In Every Boomer's Life

Martha T.S. Laham | Posted 07.03.2015 | Fifty
Martha T.S. Laham

As a whole, baby boomers came of age during the early 1950s through the late 1970s. Let's take a glance at boomers' lives through a kaleidoscope of defining social moments.

Why the Mad Men Ending Was Perfect

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 06.09.2015 | Entertainment
Robert S. McElvaine

The series brilliantly carried viewers on a tour through the tumultuous changes in American society from the late 1950s to the beginning of the 1970s. It did so through the lens of the advertising industry, with the social, cultural and political upheavals of the era as a backdrop.

Conversation With Author Robert Rosen

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 06.03.2015 | Books
Michael Nirenberg

Robert Rosen's newest book Bobby in Naziland: A Portrait of the Author As a Young Jew explores the author's childhood growing up in 1950's and 1960's postwar Jewish Brooklyn under the shadow of the Holocaust.

Could a Baltimore Happen in Chicago?

Robert McKersie | Posted 06.03.2015 | Chicago
Robert McKersie

Recently we have witnessed the unfortunate sequence of legitimate protest actions being hijacked by those who use the crowd effect of many marchers as a cover for their criminal activities of looting and burning. This same juxtaposition occurred 50 years ago this summer in Chicago and there are some lessons to be learned.

Great Conversations: James Ellroy

Alex Simon | Posted 05.27.2015 | Books
Alex Simon

I interviewed James Ellroy, the great American noir novelist, at LA's venerable Pacific Dining Car in April 2001. We were there to discuss his latest book, The Cold Six Thousand, but wound up tackling a myriad of subjects over our three hour lunch.

Mad Men: Om Is Where the Heart Is

Maya Mathias | Posted 05.22.2015 | Entertainment
Maya Mathias

Thank you Matthew Weiner, for creating a world that we could luxuriate in and learn from. And thank you for ending it on a largely optimistic note. These days, we need every ounce of hope we can get.

Mad Men: Why the Ending Is Far Better Than the Speculation (And No Sell-Out)

William Bradley | Posted 05.23.2015 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Mad Men began and ended with Don Draper in silhouette against an iconic backdrop. In the beginning, the richly cluttered urban canyons of Manhattan in the show's evocative opening titles. In the end, the seemingly limitless horizon of the Pacific Ocean.

Mad Men Gets It So Right

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 05.19.2015 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

I was scared of Mad Men for a long time. Even as it racked up Emmys and accolades, I wouldn't watch. I'd lived through Happy Days and other treacly tributes to the '50s and '60s that didn't ring anything like true. They'd glossed over or just plain avoided the ugly stuff I'd lived through as a black girl growing up in that very white world.