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Phil Ochs, Tom Paine, And There But for Fortune

Bruce E. Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce E. Levine

The afterlife of the man once called "Tom Paine with a guitar" has, for the last 30 years, paralleled that of Tom Paine himself. Both Ochs and Paine were discarded by their respective mainstream worlds.

What Today's Politicians Can Learn From Jefferson And Adams

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lisa Earle McLeod

Thomas Jefferson and John Adams loved their country too much to settle for simplistic either/or debates. They believed we deserved better than that. I think we still do.

Happy Presidents' Day: 7 Award-Winning Presidential Biographies (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Zoe Triska | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

In honor of Presidents' Day, we compiled some of the most recent award-winning presidential biographies. Since most of you have the day off, it migh...

WATCH: The 10 Funniest Presidential Impressions

Matt Wilstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Matt Wilstein

In honor of Presidents' Day, here are some of the best impressions of the 44 men who have led this country over the last two hundred and twenty two years.

Where Have You Gone, Joe DiMaggio and Turtle Soup?

Matthew Jacob | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Matthew Jacob

Turtle soup might have disappeared completely in the U.S. had it not been for the Internet. The web has allowed those selling exotic goods to find consumers, and farm-raised turtle meat can be ordered online.

Performance Spotlight: 'Nixon In China' At Metropolitan Opera

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

WHO: John Adams, composer/conductor; Peter Sellars, director; Kathleen Kim as Madame Mao; Janis Kelly as Pat Nixon; Robert Brubaker as Chairman Mao; J...

We the People

Jack Schimmelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jack Schimmelman

We have lost our way and the Egyptian people in the streets of Cairo are shining a light for the world to see. If our President will not say it, then we must go to our proverbial rooftops and scream that freedom lives eternally.

Theater Reviews: "Nixon In China!" Olympia Dukakis On A Milkcart! Bloody Ethan Hawke! More!

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Here's a roundup of my theater-going for the past week covering all the new shows. I see The Whipping Man this weekend but had to miss AR Gurney's lat...

Unfortunately, Anger Works

Dave Helfert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Helfert

If its horror can lead us to constructive change in ourselves and our society, a glimmer of silver lining might yet emerge from the attempted political assassination in Arizona.

Double Congress's Pay

Robert J. Spitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Spitzer

We must separate our ire at the Congress of the moment from the nobility of the legislative task performed by the people we choose, and demand that congressional pay be doubled -- at least.

The F Word: Constitutional Lessons For the New Congress

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

The Republican lawmakers who read the Constitution out loud as their very first act in the new Congress better bask in their Tea Party glow -- because they're not going to feel the love from Constitutional scholars.

Richard Holbrooke: A Self-Described "Idealistic Realist, or Realistic Idealist"

Andrew Rosen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Rosen

Historically, lead diplomats have adhered to one school of thought -- I wanted to understand why Richard Holbrooke was different.

Movie Review: The King's Speech

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

If The King's Speech isn't the year's best film, it's floating up there in the top 10, somewhere in the top five. It may even be the best. Traditiona...

Obama Will Award Presidential Medal to NRDC Founder John Adams

Frances Beinecke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

In order to grasp all that John has accomplished, you have to remember what America was like 40 years ago -- raw sewage floated through cities and waterways were so polluted they caught on fire.

Putting It All on the Line for the Environment

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

Crossposted with www.TheGreenGrok.com.John and Patricia Adams, the founders of NRDC, came to Duke this week. In the late 1960s, the American environme...

How Many Tea Partiers Does It Take to Screw Up a Light Bulb?

Jonathan A. Schein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jonathan A. Schein

It's hard to believe that legislating energy-efficient light bulbs could bring up so much raw emotion.

DANCE: Diavolo At Hollywood Bowl, A Review

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Since its formation in 1992, the Diavolo ensemble has used portable architectural units to create movement theater about our relationship to an unstab...

Voters Support Clean Energy and Climate Solutions

Peter Lehner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Peter Lehner

Yesterday, American voters made plain their anger over the economy and their frustration with the party in power. But they often did something else: they supported clean energy where they could.

Triple Threat Friday: Conversations with BoDeans, Bleu and The Chapin Sisters

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Kurt Neumann and Sam Llanas of BoDeans talk their new album, the band's early days, and why their six-year break was a dark period.

Jill Lepore: Tea Party Time... and the Death of Compassion (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Christopher Lydon

There's more religion than politics in the 2010 Tea Party, Jill Lepore is saying. There's less of 1776 about it than of 1976 -- that dyspeptic post-Vietnam, post-Watergate bicentennial moment.

Atheist House Candidate Up Against Pillar of Prayer Caucus

Barrett Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barrett Brown

There are probably a great many atheists and agnostics in Congress, and most of those keep their religious opinions secret; polls routinely show that atheists are mistrusted more than any other group.

The Force That Fights Deep-Pocketed Polluters and Wins

Robert Redford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert Redford

The oil and gas industry poured $174 million into the political system in 2009. When one dirty industry can purchase that much influence, who will step into the ring for average Americans?

Treacherous Politics

James Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Miller

Anyone who has read Founding Brothers, or any other great read about the men who founded this country, can't help but be blown away by how different p...

Obama's Book List: What Has The President Read So Far?

The Daily Beast | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

With the Obama family vacation just around the corner, we'd like to offer a refresher to anyone who is behind on their Barack Obama reading list. When...

Eureka! Science Belongs On Stage

Lauren Gunderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Lauren Gunderson

Science is built for the stage. The very act of scientific discovery is one of the most dramatic in the human experience. Dramatic because it changes everything.