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Fart Proudly In Philadelphia?

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.13.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

In 1781, Benjamin Franklin wrote a satirical letter, purporting to be a proposal for a subject for European scientists to study. Franklin, an amateur scientist himself, was making a snide point about what he considered to be rather frivolous research by the Europeans.

Vote Early and Often for LA Metro

Joel Epstein | Posted 07.13.2016 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

I'm home again, for a few minutes at least. Hey, cut me some slack; have you ever heard of snow and ice? It's summer and to fully appreciate the pla...

In 2016, Trump Is Wallace. Clinton Is Nixon.

Eoin Higgins | Posted 06.06.2016 | Politics
Eoin Higgins

Regular readers will recognize a bit of an obsession with the US presidential election of 1968 and how it relates to the 2016 cycle.

PUMA BOBs?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.23.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

PUMAs, for those who have forgotten the 2008 Democratic primary race, were the supposedly-numerous Hillary Clinton supporters who refused to back Barack Obama. The name stood for "Party Unity My Ass!" which was also their rallying cry. This year, they may be replaced by the "Bernie Or Bust!" crowd, or (to coin a neologism) the BOBs.

A Boomer Recalls 1968: My Upgrade From Beach Blanket Bingo to Citizen Kane

Amy Lennard Goehner | Posted 05.23.2016 | Fifty
Amy Lennard Goehner

In 1968 our country was in turmoil. And it was the year I grew a social conscience, thanks largely to my 25-year-old English teacher, Mr. Goggin. Mr. G. taught us there actually was a whole world outside of our little Newton, Mass. universe.

Berning Down the House

Steven Conn | Posted 05.23.2016 | Politics
Steven Conn

Sanders -- and perhaps some of his supporters -- may well believe that it is necessary to destroy the village in order to save it. That, after all, is how revolutions start, and Bernie has been promising revolution.

Friday Talking Points -- Don't Panic!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.20.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Can we all just take a deep breath? I'm speaking to many Democratic voters as well as the bulk of the mainstream media here, just to clarify. Because far too many seem to currently be going off the deep end. But from where I sit, this is an overreaction to a very short-term situation.

A City in Bloom

Joel Epstein | Posted 04.25.2016 | New York
Joel Epstein

Anyone who knows me, knows how excited I am about the L.A. Metro Expo Line opening to Santa Monica next month. Still, this week I am feeling lucky to ...

Senator McCarthy's Campaign Had a More Profound Impact Than Sanders' Revolution

Rob Hahn | Posted 04.13.2016 | Politics
Rob Hahn

While there are similarities between the two campaigns - namely the underdog factor, an incendiary issue and the involvement of young voters - the McCarthy campaign of 1968 still claims a much more profound impact on electoral politics not only in its less-than-one-year existence but for generations that followed.

This Election Is 1968 All Over Again, And That's Not A Good Thing

The Huffington Post | Howard Fineman | Posted 03.15.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It was the spring of a presidential election year, but there was no sense of hope and renewal in the land. Instead, the United States wa...

Best of Enemies, Documentary, 2015

Ronald Tiersky | Posted 08.10.2015 | Entertainment
Ronald Tiersky

Early reviews of "Best of enemies" miss the hidden-in-plain-sight point of this documentary on the infamous, mesmerizing television 1968 TV debates between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley.

Movie Review: Best of Enemies, Listen to Me Marlon -- Tasty Slices of History

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.27.2016 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Half the struggle in documentary filmmaking is finding the right material. The other half is figuring out what to do with it.  Two new documentaries...

Watching Baltimore Burn

Don Mankin | Posted 05.01.2016 | Fifty
Don Mankin

The drama started in the middle of my job interview in Washington DC, the day after the assassination of Martin Luther King. I don't remember the substance of the interview, but I do remember someone bursting into the room, highly agitated, to us that mobs were on the streets.

Tet -- 1968

Capt. Dale A. Dye, USMC (Ret.) | Posted 03.31.2015 | Books
Capt. Dale A. Dye, USMC (Ret.)

For those of us who survived the battle for Hue City, this time of year holds a special meaning beyond the end of the first month of a new year. When we turn the page on our calendars from the end of January to the beginning of February, we do it with a shiver that has nothing to do with winter weather.

Sundance Interview: Best of Enemies Directors Morgan Neville & Robert Gordon

Kristin McCracken | Posted 03.30.2015 | Entertainment
Kristin McCracken

When you read the description of Best of Enemies, which had its world premiere this week in the U.S. Documentary competition at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, "hilarious" is not the first word that springs to mind.

MLK, Selma, Marriage Equality, You and Me

Robert Levithan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Robert Levithan

When I was born, it would've been inconceivable to imagine that we would be celebrating the birthday of a non-violent black civil rights leader as a national holiday. Or that we would have a biracial president. Yet we still live in a country riddled with prejudice and hatred of the 'other.'

Why The Olympics Matter To Detroit

Nick Norton | Posted 04.12.2014 | Detroit
Nick Norton

It's time to not only get mad when people laugh at our city, it's time to defend it.

Trial Upon Trial

John Feffer | Posted 03.01.2014 | World
John Feffer

Anyone born in Prague later in the 20th century would also understand Kafka and The Trial all too well. Consider, for instance, the Slansky show trial that took place in Prague in 1952.

Mad Men's Down Season 6 Ends Up in Triumph

William Bradley | Posted 08.26.2013 | TV
William Bradley

Mad Men's season six was a bit of a slog. But we have arrived at the place where we want to be, the very edge of the show's final season.

Forgotten Heroes

Gregory Allen Howard | Posted 08.25.2013 | Sports
Gregory Allen Howard

As we enter the 50-year anniversary of all things civil rights: the Civil Rights Bill, the Freedom Rides, and Freedom Summer, where is the tribute for Tommie and John?

A Slumping Mad Men Heads to Its Season Finale

William Bradley | Posted 08.19.2013 | TV
William Bradley

One of the greatest TV series of all time has just one episode to go in its divisive sixth season, and just one season left after that in this epic novel for television.

Mad Men: When Is a Big Reveal Not So Revealing?

William Bradley | Posted 08.10.2013 | TV
William Bradley

After weeks of declining ratings, leading to the least viewed episode since 2009 the Sunday before last, Mad Men finally rose in the ratings again last week. Will Sunday night's episode drive things upward again?

Mad Men: A Return To Form?

William Bradley | Posted 08.03.2013 | TV
William Bradley

The latest episode in this most uneven of Mad Men seasons, "A Tale of Two Cities," was actually a good one. Coming just a week after the least viewed episode since 2009, and just as I was thinking it might be time for a pithy 400 or 500 words on the show jumping the shark, it was a welcome arrival.

Mad Men's Transitional "Plan," Ironic or Not

William Bradley | Posted 07.14.2013 | TV
William Bradley

Another entertaining Mad Men episode brought the immediate aftermath of the precipitous merger between Don Draper's and Ted Chaough's rival agencies. This was a transitional episode, which nonetheless ended in tears, with the sudden assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy.

Mad Men Gets a Bounce After Shaking Things Up

William Bradley | Posted 07.08.2013 | TV
William Bradley

After a long span of increasingly airless personal drama, followed by last week's intrusion of a major historical tragedy, the show got back to its advertising roots with a vengeance. In fact, the show may have re-booted itself, as it did at the end of Season 3. For once again, the old Sterling Cooper etc. is no more.