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The Power of Music and Art

Karl Paulnack Eastman School of Music
Music has a way of finding the big, invisible moving pieces inside our hearts and souls and helping us figure out the position of things inside us. Let me give you some examples of how this works.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Why the Host of ‘Jeopardy!’ Matters

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar The Hollywood Reporter
Since 1984 — perhaps as an unconscious rebuttal to Orwellian fears of dystopian ignorance — Jeopardy! has been the paragon of game shows as well as a thumbed nose at perpetual complaints that television is just a vast wasteland.

Reflecting on 50 Years of Paredon

Barbara Dane Folkways - Smithsonian
In 1970, few record labels were documenting the music that had burst from liberation and resistance movements all over the world. Paredon Records motivation and goals half a century ago - and today - are humans' search for justice, peace, and love.

What Country Music Owes to Charley Pride

David Cantwell The New Yorker
Charley Pride was one of the finest vocalists in country-music history, and among the genre’s most successful recording artists. He died last week, victim to COVID. This retrospective was written last year.

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Buying Nazism

Bill Niven History Today
In the early years of Nazi rule, the vagueness of much Nazi ideology enabled many Germans to see in Nazism what they wanted to see.

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Walking the Tightrope: Latin America’s Pink Tide

Frederick B. Mills New Politics
The lessons of the Pink Tide of leftist and leftish governments in Latin America that marked much of the period following 1998 but were undone by rightist movements, US meddling, world economic crisis and internal weaknesses are aptly told....
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