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Don't let reproductive rights get lost in the run-up to Election Day.

Affirmative action for potential leaders of the world's most powerful country: that's what the GOP stands for now.

Ten tough questions for Sarah Palin. Really tough.

Just about the only thing Amy Winehouse hasn't repackaged from the black music archives is the one thing she could use: a lesson in Motown etiquette.

British punk rocker and activist Billy Bragg talks about his new album and the politics and economics of free online music.

Why listen to Stravinksy in sequence when you can click shuffle on your iPod and rediscover the music anew?

If you're curious to learn more about the bugalú, check out these five albums.

A new generation rediscovers the freewheeling rhythms of the Nuyorican bugalú.

Multiply your good fortune by giving generously to these progressive organizations and charities.

The subtle sounds of this saxophonist defy definition.

Blogs

Eric on this week’s concerts and Reed on how, from Bill Cosby’s victims to drone strikes, the media refuse to protect the powerless.

December 2, 2014

Eric on this week in concerts and new music releases and Reed on how the mainstream press is always trying to tell the same (false) story about the Republican Party.

November 17, 2014

The best way to support the troops is to make every effort to keep them out of harm's way.

November 10, 2014

Eric on this week’s concerts and Reed on how local TV stations boost their bottom lines with a deluge of election ads.

November 3, 2014

Eric on this week in theater and music and Reed on how the media’s ratings-driven hysterics is warping Ebola coverage.

October 28, 2014

Eric on this week’s concerts and releases and Reed on how the gaffe-obsessed political press is doing a disservice to democracy.

October 20, 2014

Eric on this week's concerts and Reed on the two-party debate that has only one, pro-war side.

September 30, 2014

Eric on "The Beatles in Mono" and Reed on how the emphasis on optics skews our democratic priorities.

September 11, 2014

An incomplete list of ten of the best songs ever written about school.

September 3, 2014

In honor of Labor Day, here’s a stab at the impossible task of naming the best songs ever written about working people.

August 29, 2014