Morton Downey Jr. Documentary

June 5, 2013

I remember when Morton Downey Jr. exploded on the scene with his TV show that aired in New York on Channel 9.

He was a loud, obnoxious, foul mouthed, bigoted, reactionary rightwing skunk.

The show was insulting and revolting.

I watched it all the time.

There was nothing quite like it on television back then.

Despite the awful, repugnant politics he represented, the show was truly entertaining and dare I say, compelling.

At least it was to my young, developing mind.

The bright side to all of this is that Morton Downey Jr.’s meteoric rise to fame ended for him and his tv show just as quickly.


Eduardo Galeano Interview

May 25, 2013

Here’s a recent interview on Democracy Now with the great Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano. During the interview Galeano reads several selections from his latest book “Children of the Days”.

Always interesting and insightful, we are indeed fortunate to have Galeano still with us, still writing, still enlightening.

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New York Left Magazines On The Rise

January 6, 2013

New York Left Magazines On The Rise

This is meant to be a bleak time for young people and words, as an entire generation is assailed by “death of journalism” notices and financial catastrophe. Yet economic collapse can bring opportunities. When there are no jobs to be had at established magazines, and when the spectre of student debt makes further study impossible, you can either despair or you can, like a growing number of New York graduates, just set up your own thing.

Publishing is undergoing something genuinely exciting in New York, a new, post-digital dawn in which a web-literate and politically engaged generation is re-energising journalism with fierce-thinking in stylish print and online publications; it’s from them that we’ll take our next generation of household-name writers.

Al Jazeera Coming to 40 Million US Homes

January 5, 2013

Al Jazeera Coming to 40 Million US Homes

The right-wing attacks and fear mongering are in full swing but the day has finally arrived.

A cable news network broadcasting in the US whose news coverage and analysis will offer a different perspective that will not serve as a mouthpiece for the US government.

Will America survive? 

Angela Davis Interview

January 3, 2013

Jazz Blogs Roundup – October

October 31, 2011

Here are some of the latest notable items from the Jazz Blogosphere:

Five Titans Of Texas Tenor Sax

Donald Byrd: Musician, Scholar, Philosopher

Alice Coltrane: The Flowering of Astral Jazz

Gil Noble: Jazz, Journalism, Lessons and Legacy

Maraca and his Latin Jazz All Stars

Q&A with Chick Corea on his 70th Birthday Celebration

Bertrand Russell Interview

October 23, 2011

Here’s one of those priceless videos found on YouTube.

A 1959 BBC interview with Bertrand Russell.

Politics is heavily discussed with the topics ranging from his family’s political history, his move away from philosophy into politics, his political views of the United States and his own political activism.

A truly fascinating interview with one of the great public figures and minds of the 20th century.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3