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Won't You Please Come to Chicago?: A Conversation With Thomas Dyja on The Third Coast

Davis Schneiderman | Posted 06.01.2014 | Books
Davis Schneiderman

Thomas Dyja's The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the America Dream is the most important Chicago-focused historical work in recent years.

Dog Ears Music: Born in October

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week's playlist includes music by Franz Liszt, Clarence Williams, Wanda Jackson, Zoot Sims, and more.

The Little-Known Story of 'We Shall Overcome'

Peter Dreier | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The story of that song, which has became an international anthem for human rights, reveals the civil rights movement's remarkable and complex tapestry and its lasting influence.

WATCH: The Moment That Changed MLK's 'I Have A Dream' Speech Forever

Posted 08.28.2013 | Black Voices

Martin Luther King, Jr. almost never uttered the words "I have a dream" during the March on Washington in 1963. The iconic face of the civil rights...

Do You Have a Presence Problem? The Queen, Dr. King... and YOU

Connie Dieken | Posted 10.28.2013 | Business
Connie Dieken

Dr. Martin Luther King's gravitas was cemented 50 years ago. The "Queen of Comfort Food," Paula Deen, became persona non grata in many circles this year. Forget the fame factor. Set aside the race aspect. This is deeply personal.

Dog Ears Music: Born in October Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 12.05.2012 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week our playlist includes music by Cliff Richard, Thelonius Monk, Matthew Sweet, John Lennon, Zoot Sims, Mahalia Jackson and more.

Whitney Houston's Pained and Persistent Dignity Sparkles on "His Eye Is on the Sparrow"

Wayne Trujillo | Posted 08.20.2012 | Denver
Wayne Trujillo

With Sparkle and "His Eye Is on the Sparrow," Whitney Houston may not have regained her voice, but she reclaimed her gospel youth, her class and an appearance of pained but persistent dignity.

Everybody's Talkin': A Conversation With Derek Trucks and Kat Edmonson

Mike Ragogna | Posted 08.05.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"There's a lot of ways to do a live album; you can just record a few shows and throw a quick mix on it and throw it out there and if the playing is good enough, it'll hold up."

Women Who Rock: LA Stories from the Rock Hall of Fame's New Show

S.X. Rosenstock | Posted 07.16.2011 | Los Angeles
S.X. Rosenstock

Wanda Jackson and Darlene Love are game-changers that allowed fans to reckon the authorship of the rock and roll genre with new clarity.

New Orleans Jazz Fest Honors 100 Years of Soulitude (PHOTOS)

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 07.06.2011 | Entertainment
Karen Dalton-Beninato

It's impossible to decide which was the biggest love-in of the day: 99-year-old Lionel Ferbos singing "When You're Smiling" or John Boutte who wrote HBO's Treme theme song.

Balancing The Sacred And Secular Along The Gospel Music Road

Wallace Best, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Wallace Best, Ph.D.

Gospel singers of the past were not saints and their lives did not always conform, privately or publicly, to conventional standards of Christian piety. The same can be said for today's singers.

Dog Ears Music: Born in October Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week we feature music by Paul Simon, Gwen Stefani, Sting, Hall & Oates, John Lennon, and more.

Praise & Blame: A Conversation With Tom Jones

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

We took a lot of time picking the keys to get them in the right keys. We wanted to do some of the slower songs low because my voice over the years has become lower and richer.

Singing, Crying and Whining the Blues

Wayne Trujillo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Wayne Trujillo

As I scope out Denver's upcoming concerts, checking the calendar for any hint or mention of an act associated with blues, jazz, gospel or old school soul, I am left feeling a bit stranded.

Childhood Christmas Wonder Reborn in a Place You'd Never Guess (Hint: They're Too Big to Fail, Too)

Yvonne R. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yvonne R. Davis

I experienced the rebirth of the hope, excitement and magic of this holiday -- and of all places, where it came together for this resurrection was at the Wafi Mall in Dubai.

Dog Ears Music: Holiday Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

A comprehensive set of holiday music recommendations from Dog Ears Music, including Otis Redding, Spike Jones, The Klezmonauts, Keith Richards, Run-DMC, Dolly Parton, The Beach Boys, and many more.

Our Dear Studs Terkel

Edward Lifson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Edward Lifson

He wanted to live to see Barack Obama elected President of the United States. What a shame that Studs didn't make it. But like Moses, he took us close to the Promised Land.