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American Families in Crisis

George Heymont | Posted 09.03.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

While each of these dramas deals with weighty issues, it's no surprise to hear the audience frequently laughing during the performance. Is it because one man's tragedy is another man's comedy? Or because human beings, in their most fallible moments, are a constant source of wonder and entertainment?

Kushner's Epic Guide in Berkeley: Edgy Portrait of Family's Turmoil

Leo Stutzin | Posted 07.27.2014 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Given the sharp characters, bright dialogue and ambitious conception, I have to hope that Kushner and company can pull all the pieces together into a drama that engages the emotions as well as the mind. It's not there yet.

'Political Paralysis' From The Impossible Will Take a Little While

Paul Loeb | Posted 07.15.2014 | Impact
Paul Loeb

We don't have to be perfect saints or know every answer to every question to begin working for a more just world. We can be wounded or hesitant ourselves, sometimes profoundly so.

Global Warming: The Inevitability Trap

Paul Loeb | Posted 07.06.2014 | Green
Paul Loeb

Is the biggest hurdle on climate change outright denial? Or is it the sense that of being overwhelmed and too late, that there's nothing we can do?

Best Commencement Speech Ever for Environmental Hope?

Paul Loeb | Posted 07.06.2014 | College
Paul Loeb

Paul Hawken has long been one of my heroes. He was the press coordinator for Martin Luther King's historic Selma-to-Montgomery march. He turned a smal...

Best Environmental Commencement Speech Ever?

Paul Loeb | Posted 07.02.2014 | Green
Paul Loeb

Paul Hawken has long been one of my heroes. He was the press coordinator for Martin Luther King's historic Selma-to-Montgomery march. He turned a smal...

The Oscar-Winning Role That Liam Neeson Turned Down

Posted 03.27.2014 | Entertainment

Daniel Day-Lewis transformed Abraham Lincoln into an Oscar-winning film role, but before he was attached to Steven Spielberg's biopic, Liam Neeson was...

Stars of David: From Book to Off-Broadway

Lisa Alcalay Klug | Posted 02.09.2014 | Arts
Lisa Alcalay Klug

When author Abigail Pogrebin was 16, she landed a role in the original cast of a Stephen Sondheim Broadway show, "Merrily We Roll Along," which she de...

Obama Celebrates The Arts

AP | DARLENE SUPERVILLE | Posted 07.10.2013 | Arts

WASHINGTON -- Describing them as teachers, President Barack Obama said Wednesday that two dozen recipients of national medals for contributions to the...

And The National Medal Of Arts Goes To...

AP | Posted 07.04.2013 | Arts

WASHINGTON -- Musician Herb Alpert, sportswriter Frank Deford and filmmaker George Lucas are among 23 people and an organization chosen to receive nat...

Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart -- Julia Roberts in HBO Film

Alison Winfield Burns | Posted 08.27.2013 | Arts
Alison Winfield Burns

Larry Kramer sits down at the New York Historical Society Museum. The Smith Auditorium is packed. Two tiers of seats, filled.

Dick Gregory: "What I'm Running From" Bryn Mawr College Feb. 28

Lonna Saunders | Posted 04.29.2013 | Black Voices
Lonna Saunders

Mr. Dick Gregory -- presidential candidate, comedian, author, actor, army, postal worker, civil rights activist, entrepreneur in nutrition and the health food industry -- has done it all. What does he like doing best?

A "We" Grows in Brooklyn: Another Fight for Free Speech

Danny Schechter | Posted 04.15.2013 | New York
Danny Schechter

Here we go again: Pro-Israel zealots in New York were threatening the funding of Brooklyn College.

'Lincoln' Screenwriter Blasts Congressman

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 02.08.2013 | Entertainment

Oscar season: When Pulitzer Prize winners fight with Congressmen over movies. On Tuesday, Congressman Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) blasted Steven Spielbe...

Lincoln

Jill Robinson | Posted 04.10.2013 | Los Angeles
Jill Robinson

Just as I've been brooding about theatre and what it does that film cannot, I went to see Lincoln for the second time. There is no more vigorous movie...

Will Lincoln Win?

Sean Wilentz | Posted 03.27.2013 | Entertainment
Sean Wilentz

For almost exactly a hundred years, Hollywood has been complicit -- no, salient -- in promoting pro-Confederate falsehoods about the Civil War and Reconstruction. Now Spielberg and Kushner and everyone involved in Lincoln have at last declared, "Enough!"

WATCH: Tony Kushner on Lincoln and Practical Politics

Bill Moyers | Posted 02.18.2013 | Entertainment
Bill Moyers

In extended video clips from this weekend's Moyers & Company, Tony Kushner, the Pulitzer Prize-winning screenwriter behind Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, talks about his approach to writing the movie and how it affected his own view of democracy.

Who Are Our Angels In The Epidemic?

Janet Weinberg | Posted 02.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Janet Weinberg

On Saturday, Dec. 8, we bore witness to our "angels in America" -- our continuum of GMHC families. First stop: the Harlem Children's Zone, the location of the annual holiday party for families that GMHC works with who are living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.

Rethinkin' Lincoln on the 150th Birthday of the Emancipation Proclamation

Bill Bigelow | Posted 02.12.2013 | Education
Bill Bigelow

In coming months and years, teachers' jobs will be made harder by Steven Spielberg's film Lincoln, in which Daniel Day-Lewis gives a brilliant performance as, well, Lincoln-the-abolitionist. The only problem is that Lincoln was not an abolitionist.

Spielberg's 'Lincoln': The Art And The Impartation

Stephen Mansfield | Posted 02.03.2013 | Religion
Stephen Mansfield

Some films remind us of the past. Some films bring the past to bear upon our own times. Few have the power to impart the spirit that was upon our fathers. "Lincoln" does.

Steven Spielberg's Lincoln Unveils the 'Mathematics' of Breaking Gridlock in Washington

Ravi Chaudhary | Posted 01.21.2013 | Politics
Ravi Chaudhary

The release of Steven Spielberg's Lincoln may have been intentionally delayed until after the presidential election. However its debut has unintentionally arrived in time to impact an event of equal political importance.

Lincoln and Obama: 'Clothed in Immense Power'

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.16.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Steven Spielberg's Lincoln opens in wide release today, after a limited release last Friday -- and with luck, Barack Obama will not only see it but take it as a template for the current lame-duck session of Congress and for his impending second term.

Gay Activist And Writer Thinks Lincoln May Have Been Gay, But Wasn't 'Banging Anyone'

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 11.15.2012 | Gay Voices

Abraham Lincoln's sexual proclivities have long been the subject of titillating rumors and historical debate, but Lincoln's alleged "lavender side" is...

Tonight, Obama Meets Lincoln -- But Will He Listen?

Dan Froomkin | Posted 01.15.2013 | Politics
Dan Froomkin

It's been 148 years since the events dramatized in Lincoln. Much has changed, but much is the same. The question now is how the tall, pensive man in the White House will use his power, and whether he will rise to the challenge of history.

AFI Fest Review: Lincoln

Tony Bartolone | Posted 01.13.2013 | Entertainment
Tony Bartolone

Lincoln's major achievement is the creation of the grand world in which Lincoln exists in balance with the quiet, tender internal struggle he endured. The films confronts issues of freedom we debate to this day.