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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

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

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