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Patriotic Progressives Embrace the Flag, Too

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.04.2016 | Politics
Peter Dreier

July 4 is an occasion for Americans to express their patriotism. But the ways we do so are as diverse as our nation.

"We Will Not Be Part of this Unjust, Immoral, and Illegal War": Remembering the Fort Hood Three

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 06.30.2016 | Politics
The Zinn Education Project

The trio had been stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, and they had just been informed they were going to Vietnam. They were given a 30-day leave before they had to embark. The G.I.'s convened the press conference to perform a bold act: they intended to refuse their orders to go fight.

For the Love of Pete.

Battersby Duo | Posted 06.16.2016 | Arts
Battersby Duo

To get that answer one must travel with Paul Winter, from Pennsylvania through Chicago by way of Latin America, on to California and finally end up in 1966 at The Newport Folk Festival.

Meatless Monday: Singing Out in the Kitchen

Ellen Kanner | Posted 02.15.2016 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Sourcing and preparing your meals, sharing them with the people you love changes something in you -- it empowers you, it makes you responsible. And it creates a connection.

Fiscal Woes Drowning Clearwater: Iconic Festival May Be Scrapped

Roger Witherspoon | Posted 01.21.2016 | Green
Roger Witherspoon

Clearwater, the groundbreaking environmental organization founded by Pete Seeger which spearheaded the drive for the national 1972 Clean Water Act, is in such dire financial straits that it intends to cancel or relocate its famed Hudson River Revival Festival.

FBI Investigated Folk Singer Pete Seeger For Years

Associated Press | Hilary Hanson | Posted 12.20.2015 | Crime

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — As Army Pvt. Pete Seeger eagerly waited for a chance to fight for his country during World War II, military investigators quietl...

What Do You Need to Let Go Of?

Millie Grenough | Posted 12.01.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Millie Grenough

photo: Millie Grenough -- an old hurt? -- a negative judgment of a friend? As I sat in my backyard this morning, I realized that the trees follow t...

Arab Lives Matter, Jewish Lives Matter -- Part 2

Rabbi Michael M. Cohen | Posted 11.12.2015 | World
Rabbi Michael M. Cohen

After over a 100 years this conflict is still defined by its original clash of two narratives.

Arab Lives Matter, Jewish Lives Matter -- Part 1

Rabbi Michael M. Cohen | Posted 11.12.2015 | World
Rabbi Michael M. Cohen

The longer this conflict goes on it becomes easier for radical elements to become strengthened and increase in numbers, while at the same time it allows for a spiral downward drawing the two sides further apart. The present violence is but another reminder that the status quo can not hold.

City Folk

Roslyn Bernstein | Posted 09.10.2015 | Arts
Roslyn Bernstein

I had never lived in New York City before and the thought of living in a tower perched above the feverish frenzy of Washington Square Park, with its ever changing mix of students, and tourists, beatniks and folk singers, left me breathless.

Terry a la Berry "The Unsung Superstar" by Tim Battersby

Battersby Duo | Posted 08.28.2015 | Arts
Battersby Duo

Terry Hall has two feet in two worlds. He has one foot in Children's music and the other in the world of large arenas, tour buses, and superstardom. Wait a minute you say. Superstardom?

America Is Still Singing Woody Guthrie's Songs

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.15.2016 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Woody Guthrie, America's most revered troubadour for social justice, would be 103 years old if he were alive today. He was born on July 14, 1912. Although he died in 1967 at 55, his songs have endured.

How Progressives Should Celebrate Flag Day

Peter Dreier | Posted 06.14.2016 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Most Americans are unaware that much of our patriotic culture -- including many of the leading symbols and songs -- was created by people with decidedly progressive sympathies. Progressives understand that people can disagree with their government and still love their country and its ideals.

The Singer

Marcia Liss | Posted 06.11.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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Music to Soothe the Lonesome Traveler

Nancy Cohen-koan | Posted 06.03.2015 | Arts
Nancy Cohen-koan

We learn a little bit about the lives of each of these singers and writers, and what inspired them to write what they did, some literally lifting old songs that were long part of musical history and updating them for the time

Peter, Paul and Theo in Concert and Discussion

Brad Schreiber | Posted 05.04.2015 | Entertainment
Brad Schreiber

When Andrea Grossman of Writers Bloc booked Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey from the folk music group Peter, Paul and Mary and Theodore Bikel to boot, it was more than a concert and discussion.

Is There a Croesus Complex?

Francis Levy | Posted 04.22.2015 | Comedy
Francis Levy

No matter how much credit card debt you retire, you may still suffer from bigger problems than just money or love. For example, you might be suffering from the kind of existential anxiety that comes from the realization that God is Dead.

Valentine's Day: 20 Stories on Love, Chocolate, Roses, Secrets, Bromance, Breakups and Diamonds

Democracy Now! | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics
Democracy Now!

For Valentine's Day, we dug through the Democracy Now! archives to bring you these 20 stories. 1. Love Has No Color Just two years ago, a group of...

Redemption Road: Chatting with Tom Paxton, Howard Jones, Martin Sexton, Chadwick Stokes and Erik Deutsch

Mike Ragogna | Posted 04.04.2015 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

The one thing we can be sure of is that it will come from some place unexpected and from no one we've ever heard of before. It just doesn't move along in nice, orderly ways. Like everybody else, I feel a lack of social commitment in young artists, but I'm not about to criticize them.

At Selma and Around the World, Pete Seeger Brought Us Closer Together

Peter Dreier | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Pete's fingers can strum no longer, but, thanks to him, people around the world can have many "singing tomorrows."

Saying Goodbye, and Hello to 2015

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 03.01.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Fran Moreland Johns

My friend M has died, just shy of the old year's end and significantly decreasing the joy of the new. But her dying was full of life lessons about saying goodbye, being grateful and trying to ring in a better planet for the days ahead.

The Christmas Hope: A To-Do List for a Better World

John W. Whitehead | Posted 02.22.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Each year, I wish for the same things -- an end to war, poverty, hunger, violence and disease -- and each year, I find the world relatively unchanged. Millions continue to die every year, casualties of a world that places greater value on war machines and profit margins than human life.

My 50 Favorite Books of 2014

Peter Dreier | Posted 02.22.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

This is not a "50 best books of 2014" list. It is my personal and idiosyncratic list of books I found interesting and/or fun to read (or in a few cases, re-read) and that I think others will enjoy, too.

Milestones: Marking Way Stations on the Journey

Kevin Belmonte | Posted 11.17.2014 | Religion
Kevin Belmonte

I never met Mr. Seeger, but in my journey as a writer, I've been privileged to meet and befriend other artists. Two of them, Malcolm Guite and Steve Bell, are national treasures in their native England and Canada respectively. Both are musicians and poets -- and both are marking milestones just now.

The Lost Audience: Adventures in Ethnomusicology

Hank Bordowitz | Posted 09.24.2014 | Fifty
Hank Bordowitz

I have always had somewhat Catholic tastes that encompassed Pete Seeger to Pete Townshend, the Sex Pistols to Sunny Ade. I used to have to explain this, but now it seems expected of me. Then and now, all of this is bound together.