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11 Phrases From The 60s That Mean Something Very Different Now

Perry Block | Posted 06.08.2014 | Fifty
Perry Block

I can't exactly say that I'd like to go back and relive the era of the 60s. Then again, right now I'm experiencing a different kind of 60s, and between the two I'll take the first one -- cannabis-stained knuckles, fingers, and hands -- hands-down!

Bill Moyers and Our Call to Bear Witness in a Time of Crisis

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 06.09.2014 | Religion
Julie Leininger Pycior

At a time when we find ourselves in near-despair over a democratic process increasingly influenced by concentrated economic power, let us heed the visionaries in our midst who offer bold alternatives.

Mad Men To the Moon: Classic Series Returned To Form in 2014

William Bradley | Posted 07.27.2014 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Why is an episode about victory named after one of the most famous defeats in world history? Is it because the crushing blow to Napoleon proved to be a smashing victory for the British Empire and its allies?

Mad Men: The Strategy Is My Way

William Bradley | Posted 07.19.2014 | Entertainment
William Bradley

"The Strategy," Mad Men's penultimate episode of 2014, was a very important episode about work and relationships. And in the best tradition of Mad Men, it showed that, for these folks, the most important relationships revolve around work while the best work is about relationships.

Mad Men: Direction Amidst Chaos

William Bradley | Posted 07.12.2014 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Don Draper continued his move toward redemption and re-emergence as a career success in the latest episode of Mad Men, the more than a little bizarre "The Runaways." But as one brilliant talent continued in a positive direction, another careened precipitously into emotional collapse.

Hola, Mad Men! Where Are The Latinos In Your Manhattan?

Michele Carlo | Posted 05.09.2014 | Latino Voices
Michele Carlo

Can't we please at least get to see one Puerto Rican (or any other Latino character for that matter) portrayed as an actual New York City human being?

Month of May, Music and Memories

Diana M. Raab | Posted 07.01.2014 | Fifty
Diana M. Raab

Tapping into the past made me think about the important influence music has on our lives, and how each passing decade connects to a song or songwriter

Mad Men: Don Draper Looks to the Future, No Matter What ('If 6 Was 9')

William Bradley | Posted 06.28.2014 | Entertainment
William Bradley

It's not exactly a stretch to say that the episode is structured in three parts to show Don's past with his first wife demonstrating why she remains stuck in an untenable child-like mode, his present with his second wife and why her unstable situation is untenable for him, and his hoped-for future at his past employer Sterling Coo.

Yagana Shah

11 Vintage Slang Terms That Need To Make A Comeback

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 04.29.2014 | Fifty

Sometimes we think the modern use of language has become something of a joke. With texting that limits us to 140 characters, using emojis and Snapchat...

Mad Men: More Hope and Some Change

William Bradley | Posted 06.21.2014 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Valentine's Day 1969 finds not much romance amongst the Sterling Cooper crew and no little consternation over work. But there are some definite green shoots of hope and change popping up amidst the confusion and anger.

As Mad Men's Ending Begins, So Does a Shift to Shangri-LA

William Bradley | Posted 06.15.2014 | Entertainment
William Bradley

While Don considers his future, with one foot in New York and the other in California, and neither on especially solid ground, another New Yorker has made a fast adjustment to the California lifestyle.

Crowd Control

Lewis Lapham | Posted 05.16.2014 | Politics
Lewis Lapham

For the last several years, the word "revolution" has been hanging around backstage on the national television talk-show circuit waiting for somebody, anybody -- visionary poet, unemployed automobile worker, late-night comedian -- to cue its appearance on camera.

Suburban Blues: Memories of a Late Baby Boomer

Tim Koechlin | Posted 05.11.2014 | Fifty
Tim Koechlin

We slept with our bedroom windows open and our blankets at our feet. We heard the conversations of passing teenagers and lovers through the windows, and we heard the drone and swoosh of the occasional traffic. We could hear the ballgame on someone else's radio.

Paul Clayton

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 05.03.2014 | Entertainment
Anne Margaret Daniel

Paul Clayton (l) and Bill Clifton, Bill Clifton & Paul Clayton: The First Recordings via Bear Family Records Paul Clayton Worthington was born on M...

Songs That Matter: Bob Dylan, 'Desolation Row'

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 04.19.2014 | Arts
Anne Margaret Daniel

"Desolation Row" is over eleven minutes of anything, everything. For nearly fifty years, Bob Dylan's fans, critics, and writers have been trying to say what it's about. To me, it's a song I love to listen to, and one of the last great works of Modernism.

Happy Birthday, G.I. Joe

AP | CHRIS CAROLA | Posted 02.06.2014 | Fifty

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — G.I. Joe is turning 50. The birthday of what's called the world's first action figure is being celebrated this month ...

For the Love of My Sister

Robin Korth | Posted 03.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Robin Korth

My sister Laurie was a year and a half older than me and always two years ahead of me in school. She was also my best friend and "almost twin." In our...

Forever Stamped on Our Memory: Janis Joplin

R. Clifton Spargo | Posted 03.23.2014 | Fifty
R. Clifton Spargo

Janis Joplin sang old-soul blues in a raspy voice that slithered and surged effortlessly yet precisely through folk, through jazz, through psychedelic rock. She should have been turning 71 this weekend, approaching the age of old souls.

Beautiful Lives Up to Its Name on Broadway

Danny Groner | Posted 03.14.2014 | New York
Danny Groner

What makes Beautiful, the new Broadway musical covering the rise of Carole King's music career, is all of the little details that come together so bri...

Can't Get Rid of These Guys

Elan Barnehama | Posted 02.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Elan Barnehama

I spent much of the '60s and '70s looking for a revolution and instead I found friends. I really had no idea how rare that would turn out to be. There's no formula or prescription for why it works, but the result is outstanding and it guarantees that I can't get rid of these guys.

White Men and Their Guns

Leonard Steinhorn | Posted 02.16.2014 | Politics
Leonard Steinhorn

Perhaps we are asking the wrong questions in our national gun control debate. The issue is not whether we should have gun control laws in this country -- or what they should be.

Who's the British Group with the 'Most' 1960s Hits?

Doug Bradley | Posted 02.16.2014 | Fifty
Doug Bradley

Trick question, kinda. It's The Animals, because their record producer was named Mickie Most! He was responsible for the band's 11 American hits in their first two years of existence

John Locke Goss: The Third Metric and the Wisdom of the Hippies

John Locke Goss | Posted 02.02.2014 | Fifty
John Locke Goss

Some might say we gave up and dropped out, but it was more than that. We chose, rather, to try to change the world by example rather than by protest or force, so off we went to test our theories and beliefs.

Movie Review: Inside Llewyn Davis

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.02.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

We are awash in films examining the Beats and the roots of the generation shift that occurred from the late 1950s through the 1960s - but none with a clearer eye than Joel and Ethan Coen's Inside Llewyn Davis.

What if JFK Lived? Vietnam, President Cheney and a 21st Century War with the USSR?

Anthony Lappé | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Anthony Lappé

JFK WTF? you say. Well, it's not as crazy as it sounds. Join me in the way-back machine for a thought experiment in JFK alternate history.