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Atheists versus imams? Can't we have more choices?

Hip-hop star M.I.A. broadcasts the sound of those with one foot in the First World and the other in the global South.

The oppression of Muslim women is a major theme among the Islamofascistly aware. If only they felt the same about other women on earth.

Faced with a choice between facts and theology, antichoicers choose the latter every time.

The British rockers stick a fork in the recording industry by offering downloads of a new album for whatever fans want to pay. Oh, the anguish.

Listening to Sonny Rollins for the first time. Again.

Clinton, Edwards, Obama: behind the branding, they're more similar than you think.

With the exception of John Edwards's plan to eradicate poverty, the concerns of the poor seem to have fallen off the progressive agenda for 2008.

Memo to candidates: There are more atheists, agnostics and skeptics out there than you think. How about sending us some love?

Michael Ignatieff apologizes for being wrong on Iraq. If only mainstream media acknowledged all the people who were right.

Blogs

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

These ten songs, taken together, help distill the American experience and make clear both what’s great about the US and what still needs critical attention.

July 2, 2014

Eric on this weeks concerts and Reed on Syria's chemical weapons program. 

June 25, 2014

Eric on this week's concerts and Reed on the Bergdahl scandal. 

June 11, 2014

The students rigged up a PA system and played Beethoven’s Ninth over and over.

June 3, 2014

Eric reviews Jazz Fest 2014. 

May 9, 2014

The quivering throngs of teen-aged girls, The Nation’s reviewer wrote, said much more about the susceptibility of Americans to fashionable trends than it did about the talent or novelty of the group itself.

March 8, 2014

Eric with the latest reviews and Reed on accountability in mainstream journalism. 

February 26, 2014

Public performances of the ‘Ode to Joy’ have been organized around the world, from an IKEA in suburban Detroit to a mall in Hong Kong.

February 12, 2014

The singer and activist’s enduring remorse over his friend’s death is a testament to his compassion. 

January 29, 2014