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Economists agree: Christmas presents are a waste of money. Give to these worthy charities instead.

We can't stop looking at our first female political train wreck.

Prochoicers have been taking one for the team for too long now. Enough already.

First feminism was dead because it was a "failure"; now it's dead because it was such a success.

Leftist parties in Germany offer a range of choices but no cohesive challenge to the right.

In Leonard Cohen's Afterworld, the trajectory between the latest hit and the wisdom of old has been a long one.

If women's equality is the cause of our time, we'll get further by acknowledging it's a challenge no country has fully met than by framing it as a Western crusade.

Polls show most Americans still want reform. But polls don't mean much politically if everyone stays quiet. Never mind wonkery--we need a movement.

Rising to the dare of Martial Solal's mischievous piano playing.

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Fear of nuclear apocalypse has provided serious creative juice for songwriters and musicians of all genres.

August 5, 2011

Eric reviews Paul McCartney, Raul Malo and Elvis Costello, and Reed sees the ghost of the Republican party's past.

July 21, 2011

For those concerned that there's no good protest music out there, the English hip-hop group NxtGen is using rap to take searing aim at the British government’s austerity budget.

June 29, 2011

An aging but still spry Jimmy Cliff, the legendary Jamaican reggae master, rocked the Glastonbury Festival with a searing version of one of his biggest hits re-tooled as a cry for peace in Afghanistan.

June 27, 2011

Clarence Clemons could talk, both musically and verbally. 

June 18, 2011

Gil Scott-Heron's political legacy was vast and his connections to social movements deep.

May 28, 2011

Bob Dylan turns 70 on Tuesday. To mark the occasion I've assembled a list of what I consider his top ten protest songs with accompanying videos.

May 19, 2011

Jon Stewart paid a visit to Fox News' Bill O'Reilly to debate Fox News' hip hop double standard.

May 16, 2011

Eric on Smithsonian's Jazz anthology and Reed Richardson on the S&P's rating of the bond market.

April 22, 2011

Eric Alterman reviews jazz, including Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton, the Jazz Foundation benefit, and Reed Richardson discusses the ethics of Obama's budget speech.

April 15, 2011