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Facing the music: Jiří Bělohlávek

How do you listen to music most often?

I use the good quality audio system that I have in my house.

What was the last piece of music you bought?

Bruckner’s 9th Symphony with Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle.

What’s your musical guilty pleasure?

I do not know such a term – I think there …

Music (UK)

Poll: Clear majority supports nuclear deal with Iran

By a nearly 2 to 1 margin, Americans support the notion of striking a deal with Iran that restricts the nation’s nuclear program in exchange for …

Iran Nuclear Negotiations

Yemeni ports blockaded while coalition airstrikes target Houthi rebels (+video)

Sanaa, Yemen — Saudi-led naval forces imposed a blockade on Yemen's ports as coalition airstrikes on Monday repelled an advance on the southern port …


The Largest Newspaper In Indiana Just Made One Hell Of A Statement

This is the front page of tomorrow Indianapolis Star:

It's this important. Tuesday's front page. #rfra pic.twitter.com/gVPf82J2iu

Hell yeah.

We are at a …

Liberal News

Nigeria’s Presidential Race Stretches to Another Day

KANO, Nigeria — The most competitive presidential race ever in Africa’s largest democracy continued to play out late into Monday night, with the incumbent president facing a tough challenge as voting results poured in from distant states in this crowded and chaotic land.

President Goodluck …


Iran nuclear talks: "the US may be about to lose an enemy"

Last Chance: The Philadelphia Museum Of Art’s Must-See Exhibit Represent: 200 Years Of African American Art Closes Sunday, April 5

Represent: 200 Years of African American Art wraps up its run at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on April 5. Bob Thompson’s The Deposition (shown …


Poll: Support for Iran nuclear talks

As the first deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran approaches, more Americans approve of nuclear negotiations than disapprove, according to a new poll.

In a Pew Research Center poll published Monday, 49 percent of Americans said they approve of talks over a nuclear deal with Iran while 40 percent …

Iran Nuclear Negotiations

John Coltrane - So Many Things: The European Tour 1961

If you think Dylan going electric or the punk revolution caused a stir in the music press, you should have been around when John Coltrane brought his …


Glorious Danish Jazz Re-issued

Will Schube listens to more jazz; recognizes Barry Schwartz’s movementRe-issued music often takes a backseat to “the story”—which is why so many …


Is democracy threatened if companies can sue countries?

Those protesting against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the proposed new trade treaty between the European Union and the United States, are part of a growing international opposition to pacts that allow multinational companies to sue governments whose policies damage


Saudi Arabia fights pull of Islamic State

Just outside Riyadh, the dunes fill up at weekends with pleasure seekers, staking out picnic spots safe from the four-wheel drive vehicles that churn up sand as they race through the desert.

Mishan al-Onzi is hanging out with a group of his teenage friends. They are from the north of the country …


Iran Claims U.S. Airstrikes are Killing Its Men in Iraq

The Iranian-trained Shia militias fighting around Tikrit say they’ve been hit several times, and Tehran says two of its advisers were killed.

The fragility of the makeshift alliance battling to dislodge the militants of the so-called Islamic State from northwest and central Iraq was highlighted …

Middle East

As China Expands Its Navy, the U.S. Grows Wary

China’s navy chief, Adm. Wu Shengli, strolled the Harvard University campus in a tweed blazer and slacks during a visit to the U.S. last fall, joking with students and quizzing school officials about enrolling some of his officers.

A few days earlier, he became the first Chinese navy chief to attend …


Sign the petition: Congress must end unconstitutional government spying.

In the wake of the traumatic attacks on 9/11, Congress rushed to pass the PATRIOT Act, which greatly expanded the ability of the U.S. government to

National Security Agency

L.A. Ballet delivers a classically pure 'Sleeping Beauty'

Dancing through its first nine seasons, Los Angeles Ballet has bravely tackled one rite of passage after another — not merely the major Balanchine and Bournonville choreographies that are its stylistic birthright but, increasingly, the top-of-the-list, full-length 19th century classics that can …

Los Angeles

Study Reveals Shocking Effect Of Poverty On Children's Brain Development

We've long known that children from affluent families get a head start that can translate into a long-lasting advantage, especially when it comes to academic achievement. Now, scientists have found what may be part of the explanation: Children who grow up in higher-income families appear to have …

The Brain

Imprisoned and Tortured in Syria—and Then Rejected by Washington

Assad’s victims are being denied U.S. visas to come testify about their experiences—and one who did make it to D.C. for an award left in disgust at what she saw as U.S. indifference.

“Do you love your husband?” the interrogator asked.

During her first interrogation session, Bayan*, a Syrian activist, …


Searching for Hidden Treasures in New York’s Abandoned Places

In the years since he started photographing tombs, theaters, and other forgotten spaces Will Ellis has gotten used to rising early and staying out …

Abandoned Buildings

Clinton urges return to ‘constructive’ US-Israel relationship

Hillary Clinton reportedly is calling for improved ties between the U.S. and Israel, as tensions deepen between the Obama administration and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following his party’s election win earlier this month.

The Algemeiner reports that Clinton, in a phone call with Malcolm …

Barack Obama

U.S. Supreme Court: GPS Trackers Are a Form of Search and Seizure

When the government places a location monitor on you or your stuff, it could be violating the Fourth Amendment.

If the government puts a GPS tracker on you, your car, or any of your personal effects, it counts as a search—and is therefore protected by the Fourth Amendment.

The Supreme Court clarified …


Van Gogh: Less Crazy After All These Years?

• almost 2 years ago

No myth about art and artists abides as pervasively as that of Vincent Van Gogh, the mad genius. To mark the grand reopening of the …


Dow gains 260 points as stock market jumps on news out of China

The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 260 points Monday, turning the index positive for the year again following a market sell-off last week.

Stocks rebounded sharply Monday as the global market welcomed recent statements by Chinese leaders, who are looking to boost that country’s economy through …


Justice Department appeals federal judge's hold on Obama's immigration action

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department urged a federal appeals court Monday to reverse a hold a judge placed on President Barack Obama's immigration executive action.

The 69-page brief was filed with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ahead of arguments scheduled for next month.

Lawyers for the …


Onkyo's music player is also DAC and headphone amp for your phone

The chatter surrounding high fidelity listening devices and services picked up over the last year or so (thanks, Neil Young), and Onkyo hopes its new 3-in-1 device will lure you to the land of high definition. The company's aluminum-wrapped DAC-HA300 is not only a portable music player for …

High Fidelity

Mike Pence reaps the whirlwind

Indiana’s religious freedom law actually doesn’t do much. It’s the backlash that matters.

Updated 3/30/15 11:21 PM EDT

A priest, a rabbi and half a dozen nuns walked into the Indiana Statehouse last Thursday. The punch line: Mike Pence.

Indiana’s Republican governor has become the left’s favorite …


Supreme Court won’t hear case on Obamacare Medicare board

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up the latest lawsuit against Obamacare, this time a challenge to a board that critics label a “death panel.”

The case, Coons v. Lew, contested the constitutionality of the Independent Payment Advisory Board, among other complaints against Obamacare. The …

Supreme Court

Arctic Ice Reaches a Low Winter Maximum


Globe image by NASA


Sources: National Snow and Ice Data Center; NASA







The New York Times


The Arctic

GOP’s Obamacare mendacity: Paul Krugman explains why health reform is working — despite the horror stories

You wouldn't know it listening to the right wing, but the Affordable Care Act is proving a real success

Five years after President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law, the right-wing attacks on health reform are largely the same as they ever were. Obamacare, we’re …

Paul Krugman

Tips, links and suggestions: what are you reading this week?

Welcome to this week’s blog. Here’s a roundup of your comments and photos from last week.

MsCarey has just finished Master and Commander and is submerged in a Patrick O’Brian binge – which is not stopping her from pursuing other reading urges:

It was a strange sensation to be entertained so …