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Discussing the 'Death of Klinghoffer' or Stepping in It

Francis Levy | Posted 10.17.2014 | Arts
Francis Levy

Getting involved in the current debate about the John Adams opera The Death of Klinghoffer ("With New "Death of Klinghoffer," Furor Only Grows," NYT 1...

Another Arrest In Holly Bobo Case

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 09.18.2014 | Crime

Authorities in Tennessee have charged a fifth person in connection with the Holly Bobo case. According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Jo...

Ingenious Compromise: Reason for Hope

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics
William B. Bradshaw

Does a sharply divided America necessarily mean that no meaningful legislation can emerge from our political leaders on both sides of the aisle? I don't think so! What many people describe as the greatest political agreement in the history of the world came out of a deeply divided America -- the US Constitution.

On The Future of Wagnerism, Part 3: Beckmesser, Kissinger and the Klinghoffer Controversy

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 09.17.2014 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

Playing out before us is the Wagner situation redux. In anticipation of the Metropolitan Opera's new production of The Death of Klinghoffer.

Trivia: Seven Questions and Answers about the Declaration of Independence

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 09.11.2014 | Education
William B. Bradshaw

Here are some trivia questions relating to the Declaration of Independence. See how you do with them.

Happy Birthday America

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 09.03.2014 | Education
William B. Bradshaw

he process of debating and revising Jefferson's declaration continued on July 3 and into the late morning of July 4. In the evening of July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress "unanimously" approved the final wording of the Declaration of Independence.

Declaring Our Independence Through Education

Michael Roth | Posted 09.02.2014 | College
Michael Roth

On this July 4 we should dedicate ourselves to recovering the American promise that education should increase our independence. Since the founding of this country, education has been closely tied to self-reliance, to declaring one's independence through one's ability to think for oneself and creatively contribute to society. In a quickly shifting economic landscape, it is understandable that some parents and pundits are calling for streamlined learning to train people quickly. But gearing education only to meeting current economic conditions is a ticket to conformity -- and also to economic and cultural mediocrity.

The 'Miracle' of July 4, 1826

Stafford Betty | Posted 09.01.2014 | Weird News
Stafford Betty

One of the most astonishing coincidences in world history was the deaths of John Adams, America's second president, and Thomas Jefferson, its third. They both died on July 4, 1826, exactly 50 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Why We Set Off Fireworks On The Fourth Of July

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics

Ever wondered why we set off those humungous kaleidoscopes of gunpowder in our sky each Fourth of July? Apparently, the history of fireworks in Americ...

You've Come a Long Way, Hercules

Thomas A. Foster | Posted 08.21.2014 | Entertainment
Thomas A. Foster

The latest Hercules movie starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson features brawn on par with 300 and other similar action movies that highlight power and t...

Kettle Corn Pops at The DiMenna Center

Jack Meyer | Posted 08.04.2014 | New York
Jack Meyer

Pop on over to The DiMenna Center for Classical Music on June 14th to savor a sweet and salty mix of fresh and innovative New Music! Kettle Corn New M...

Honoring Our Mothers

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 07.11.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

On Mother's Day each year, we honor our mothers. These are the women who gave birth to us, raised us and helped launch us as adults. Mothers throughou...

A Founding Mother on Women's History Month

Nancy Rubin Stuart | Posted 05.18.2014 | Women
Nancy Rubin Stuart

Perhaps it's no coincidence that the month of March, named after Mars, the Roman god of war, is widely recognized as Women's History Month. While women are rarely battle-hungry, the war between the sexes has continued to transcend time, technology and tastes for generations.

Friday Talking Points -- CPAC Follies and More

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.07.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Ukraine erupted in crisis during the past week, as Russia's Vladimir Putin essentially grabbed Crimea in his own hissy fit. President Obama, of course, has very limited options for dealing with Russia.

Public Happiness

Harry Boyte | Posted 04.29.2014 | Education
Harry Boyte

Education, understood in this way, is constitutive of a flourishing democratic society. The understanding has never been more needed.

Bill Clinton's Rescue Ride

Brent Budowsky | Posted 04.29.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Springtime is coming, baseball teams have reassembled for training, Robert Redford is back on cable playing Roy Hobbs in The Natural and Bill Clinton has begun his ride to rescue Democrats in the 2014 midterm elections.

Presidents Day Special: Three Books on America's Founding Era

Steve Clemons | Posted 04.19.2014 | Books
Steve Clemons

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito makes a habit (hope sharing this doesn't ruin it) of attending most years a special tribute dinner at George and ...

At President Obama's State of the Union, Will All Eyes Be on Hillary?

Alexia Parks | Posted 03.26.2014 | Women
Alexia Parks

Have women grown tired of waiting for a woman to place her hand on the Bible and take the Oath of Office as President of the United States? More importantly, will women be willing to vote a woman into the nation's highest office?

3 Biblical Tips to Stay Sane in Our Overloaded World

Levi Ben-Shmuel | Posted 03.24.2014 | Religion
Levi Ben-Shmuel

Doesn't it make sense to draw on time-tested tips to help keep us sane, grounded, and connected to what deeply matters in the process?

Indiana GOP: While Banning Gay Relationships, Why Not Enact White Supremacy, Too?

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics
Clay Farris Naff

Indiana already has a law banning gay marriage, complete with criminal penalties for pastors who perform same-sex rites, but that's not good enough for state Republicans.

The Media Should Stop Calling Tea Party Radicals "Conservative"

David Jenkins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
David Jenkins

Almost every day we are subjected to the lunacy of actual conservatives being attacked by radicals for not being "conservative" enough. Then, when the media reports on these attacks, it offers no challenge to their faulty premise.

Distractions and Confidence: The Rot of the Present vs. the Root in the Past

William Bradley | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

In the big world beyond the vastly expensive Beltway sandbox of vicious political ping pong and hyper-partisan gamesmanship, China's official press agency is using the debacle to call for "a de-Americanized world."

Conversations With Mark Knopfler, James Blunt and The 5 Browns, Galen Hawthorne's Control Review, Plus Damien Escobar, Piers Faccini and Fink Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 12.07.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"I've always been a roots enthusiast really, it's always been based around the blues and folk music, so there are large areas of influence there. I didn't just want to just make a straight blues album."

Paul Giamatti Moves Into the Bright

Alex Simon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Alex Simon

Actor Paul Giamatti has become one of the most visible character actors of his generation since his breakout role in 1997's Private Parts, opposite radio icon Howard Stern.

Great Nations Pay Their Bills

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

Today's debate may be polarized, but no one seriously expects half the nation to secede because of it. And yet, in the early days of the American experiment, that's how controversial the national debt was.