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Giorgio Moroder: The High Priest of Disco Returns

A few years ago, Giorgio Moroder was sitting around his home in Italy, not doing particularly much. In his heyday in the Seventies and Eighties, …

10 Easy Ways To Optimize Your Music Practice

Last summer, we published a week-long series called "The Young Person's Guide to Making Music" in collaboration with our colleagues at the radio program <i>From The Top</i>. The idea was to provide guidance and suggestions for parents and kids just starting out in music, with ideas for everything from …

Jesus went to hell: The Christian history churches would rather not acknowledge

Prior to his resurrection, Christ descended to the underworld — a paradox most churches prefer not to confront<p>Ed Simon<p>April 9, 2015 6:49pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Religion Dispatches.<p>"It was Saturday that Jesus Christ went to Hell.”<p>This is one phrase that Christians, whether …

Melody on the menu: how a sprinkle of Mozart might give your meal zing

Photograph: Carlos Barria /Reuters<p>British food on a union jack table at Ultraviolet in Shanghai.<p>276<p>image/jpeg<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/4/4/1428156134970/058c42cb-0bc9-4b6d-80e4-f4b47e16f725-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Carlos Barria /Reuters<p>British food on a union …

Food (UK)

Radical sci-fi by social activists 'decolonizes the imagination'

Can science fiction be a form of social activism? Walidah Imarisha thinks so, and she's recruited everyone from LeVar Burton to Mumia Abu-Jamal to …

American religious leader blasts “sinful” climate denial: “We are making war on the integrity of this planet”

<b>Katharine Jefferts Schori (AP/Jay Laprete)</b><p>“It is a very blind position… It is a refusal to use the best of human knowledge”<p>Joanna Rothkopf<p>March 27, 2015 2:15pm (UTC)<p>This week, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church Katherine Jefferts Schori spoke out against people who denied the proven science …

On a Memphis street, a microcosm of American culture

By David Kirby<p>Preston Lauterbach’s history of Beale Street, the three-block stretch of Memphis thoroughfare that was a microcosm of American culture from Reconstruction to World War II, is a chronicle of muddy streets, ­ornery hombres, fancy women, jazz, a disregard for the little law that existed, …

Black History

17 Of The Most Powerful Excerpts From Poetry

I have chosen some of my favourite lines of poetry to celebrate World Poetry Day, which is celebrated on 21 March each year. These are lines that I …

Noam Chomsky: Slavery and white fear of revenge 'deeply rooted in American culture'

American culture is imbued with fears that African Americans will someday repay the violence and oppression that has marred their history in this …

15 Women Who Could Replace Andrew Jackson on the $20

Andrew Jackson isn’t short on accomplishments. In addition to being the seventh President of the United States, he was a military hero, the godfather …

The Mormon Law of Consecration

Zion may always be in transition and always under revision. Perhaps that is what it means to be human beings always in need of continuing revelation.

Here's what it's like when President Obama gets mad

When he's mad, President Barack Obama gets eerily quiet.<p>Reggie Love, a 26-year-old former Duke University football and basketball star improbably became then-Senator Obama's right-hand man during his first presidential campaign in 2007.<p>Love went on to work as Obama's personal aide for five years, …

Millennials Are More Racist Than They Think

Just look at the numbers.<p>News about race in America these days is almost universally negative. Longstanding wealth, income and employment gaps between whites and people of color are increasing, and tensions between police and minority communities around the country are on the rise. But many claim …

Why violin makers adopted the f-shaped hole

Why did violins slowly develop f-shaped sound-holes? Because it makes them more acoustically powerful than their ancestors, which had holes shaped …

John Oliver reveals the stunningly racist history behind why some U.S. territories can’t vote

<b>(HBO)</b><p>In Guam and American Samoa, you can serve in the U.S. military but <i>cannot</i> vote. Here’s why<p>Sarah Gray<p>March 9, 2015 4:25pm (UTC)<p>On Sunday's "Last Week Tonight," host John Oliver exposed the over 100-year-old racist ruling that decided that those born in the U.S. territories -- Guam, Puerto Rico, …

Girl, Interrupted

Who was Sappho?<p>One day not long after New Year’s, 2012, an antiquities collector approached an eminent Oxford scholar for his opinion about some brownish, tattered scraps of writing. The collector’s identity has never been revealed, but the scholar was Dirk Obbink, a MacArthur-winning classicist …

Literature

Iran's Stockholm syndrome?

In the aftermath of the 2009 protests, Iranians underwent a change in their relationship with the government and have increasingly started to identify with it, says expert<p>For those who participated the anti-government protests of 2009-11, the sprawling squares of central Tehran evoke poignant …

Crime writers 'forced to set novels in fictional towns because of Britain's obsession with class'

Obsession with class leaves writers inventing own settings to escape judgments about their characters' background and social standing, new Poirot writer says<p>Inspector Morse may have scoured the streets of Oxford, while Poirot boarded the Orient Express and Sherlock solved the mysteries of Baker …

The witness of events where the people gather

Rather like the Naming of Cats, the classifying of Islamic sects is a difficult matter, and it’s certainly not just one of your Eid-Al-Fitr games. As …

“The same rhetoric you hear from religious anti-vaxxers today are the arguments made against Cotton Mather”: Peter Manseau

<b>Glenn Beck, Cotton Mather, Jenny McCarthy (Reuters/AP/Wikimedia/Chris Keane/Fred Prouser)</b><p>Tracing the surprising roots of American religious history with the brilliant scholar Peter Manseau<p>Michael Schulson<p>March 7, 2015 8:30pm (UTC)<p>Did an Iroquois prophet named Handsome Lake inspire the Book of …

Religion

Socialism is American as Apple Pie - Shadowproof

CommunityFDL Main Blog<p>27 Feb 2015<p>Rudy Giuliani’s recent rant questioning President Obama’s love for his country has drawn severe criticism. While the …

The Book of Mormon is Not The Voice of a 22 Year Old Young Man

I don’t know what it is about the Book of Mormon, but when I open that book…it just <b>feels</b> right. I believe that a spiritual confirmation from the Holy …

The Secret Pastimes of 7 Famous Philosophers

<b>By Jared McSwain</b><p>Philosophers are often depicted as calculated and cerebral, lost in thought, meditating on the deeper meaning of life with head …

Bookchin: living legacy of an American revolutionary

<b>An interview with Debbie Bookchin on her father’s contributions to revolutionary theory and the adoption of his ideas by the Kurdish liberation</b> …