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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.

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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