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The New SDS: What Every Young Person Needs to Know About Its Past

Steve Mariotti | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics
Steve Mariotti

In 1965, Carl Oglesby assumed leadership of the student-activist organization SDS. This change reflected what I believe was an ideological shift in America's left wing: from the East Coast intellectual tradition to the New Left emerging from the Midwest.

The Rise and Fall of the Nation's Largest Student Movement: the Students for Democratic Society

Steve Mariotti | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Steve Mariotti

Today, the student-activist organization Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) is being reactivated on college campuses around the country as the New SDS. Yet, how many of its new members are aware of SDS's complex past and the role of its legendary leader, Carl Oglesby?

Class Acts

George Heymont | Posted 07.26.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

For me, watching a film or a live theatrical performance is a bit like making love. I'm often in the dark, unsure of the next move. Whether or not my hopes and expectations will match reality remains to be seen.

'We Made A Lot of Mistakes But We Were Right' -- Robert Redford Explores Radical Questions From the 60s and Today

Rick Ayers | Posted 06.16.2013 | Entertainment
Rick Ayers

It has finally happened. We knew it was coming. With the release of Robert Redford's film adaptation of Neil Gordon's book The Company You Keep, the Weather Underground has achieved the status of a cultural trope.

Popcorn Preview: The Company You Keep

Leslie Sisman | Posted 06.13.2013 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Film: The Company You Keep (2012) Cast includes: Robert Redford (Spy Game), Shia LaBeouf (Transformers), Julie Christie (Finding Neverland), Susan Sar...

Movie Review: The Company You Keep

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.03.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

While The Company You Keep can't sustain itself as the kind of thriller it's being pitched as, it's still a thoughtful, provocative story about the continuing battle between idealism and cynicism.

Lucia Graves

Study: Climate Activists' 'Worst Case Scenario Approach' Could Backfire | Lucia Graves | Posted 03.28.2013 | Green

WASHINGTON -- Climate activists' strategy of barraging people with information about the consequences of climate change could end up hurting the cause...

Anarchists, Cops, the Super Rich -- It's New York 100 Years Ago

Rick Ayers | Posted 07.22.2012 | Books
Rick Ayers

In More Powerful Than Dynamite: Radicals, Plutocrats, Progressives, and New York's Year of Anarchy, many will find parallels to the current social crises, from the upheavals of Occupy Wall Street to the manipulations of the super rich.

Aaron Sankin

Never Fear Microclimates Again: New App Conquers Our Bizarre Weather | Aaron Sankin | Posted 04.26.2012 | San Francisco

It's been said that if you don't like the weather in San Francisco, just walk ten feet. The city is famous for its litany of microclimates, which ...

Joshua Hersh

Hurricane Irene: Jeff Masters' Must-Read Irene Blog | Joshua Hersh | Posted 10.27.2011 | Green

He may be nearly 1,000 miles from the storm's center, but few people in America have as good idea of what Hurricane Irene is doing -- and is about to ...

Shia LaBeouf Getting Political With A Legend

Posted 09.18.2011 | Entertainment

Who'da thought Robert Redford was a "Transformers" fan? The legendary actor/director has officially cast Shia LaBeouf in his next directorial effor...

Un-American, Anti-Muslim Hearings Serve No Useful Purpose

Rep. Bobby Rush | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Bobby Rush

I want my Muslim brothers and sisters to know that Thursday was not a day that brought honor to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Bill Ayers To Retire From UIC After 20 Years

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

After 20 years of teaching at the University of Illinois at Chicago, former Weather Underground member William Ayers is getting ready to retire. T...

Trip-Hop's Biggest Stars Are Back: Massive Attack on New Album Heligoland

Tim Mohr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tim Mohr

Massive Attack returns with its fifth album, Heligoland. The new record returns to simple, spooky, elegance. We spoke to Daddy G about the album.

A Short Vocabulary Lesson for Sen. Lieberman (With Some History Thrown In At No Extra Charge)

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

People who label Nidal Malik Hasan a "terrorist," like Joe Lieberman has done, literally don't understand the meaning of the word. How can they protect us from it if they don't even know what it is?

Politiku for Mother's Day

Susanna Speier | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susanna Speier

The impact that our mothers' feelings, ideas, ideals, experiences and activities have on us is difficult to grasp. What is clear, however, is that our mothers' politics influence our political identity

San Francisco Police Take Aim At Bill Ayers And Bernardine Dohrn For 1970 Bombing

San Francisco Chronicle | Demian Bulwa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Leaders of San Francisco's police officers union have accused Weather Underground co-founder Bill Ayers and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn, of taking part...

Former Weather Underground Member: Ayers "Disingenuous"

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Former Weather Underground member Howard Machtinger argues in an "In These Times" essay that Bill Ayers "glosses over" the violence of the organizatio...

TV Ad Wars: McCain's "Joe The Plumber" Campaign (Seriously)

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
William Bradley

McCain is going with Joe the Plumber as the advertising centerpiece of his campaign and absent some fantastic new character attack against Obama, it's his best shot left at an economic message.

Bill Ayers, Blackberries and John McCain

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

The Bill Ayers issue underscores just how out of touch John McCain is with the country he seeks to lead. It is also, for many Americans, just another way for John McCain to tell us he is old.

I Did the Research: Billy Ayers Is an Irrelevant Show-Off

Susan Braudy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Susan Braudy

Why am I not surprised that Ayers, master of publicity is once more making front page headlines. I'm betting he's thrilled.

The Bill Ayers Distraction

Dennis Perrin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Dennis Perrin

I carry my share of misery, but a fair number of reactionaries must have ceaseless raging fear in their heads. Isn't real life awful enough? Why the need for even worse alternate realities?

Calling Bill Ayers a "Terrorist" Doesn't Make Him So

Sam Sedaei | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sam Sedaei

Sarah Palin has been out there saying Obama is friends with Ayers, "a domestic terrorist." In response, Obama has accurately pointed out that Ayers committed his actions over forty years ago, when Obama was eight years old.

You Don't Need A Weatherman To Know Which Way The Wind Blows

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Whatever you believe about Bill Ayers and the Weathermen, the fact remains that he is not running for president. But John McCain doesn't really have any other arrows left in his quiver.

Terrorists, Secessionists, Sarah Palin and Guilt by Association

Robert Mackey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Mackey

Governor, you have a "close association" with a known former member of a radical, right-wing, well-armed and well-funded political party whose founder damned the United States as virulently as Reverend Wright did.