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American Inferno

PRESENTED ON JUL 31, 2019
IN YORK @ VOL 19

Somewhere between Woody Guthrie’s Dust Bowl Ballads and Anaïs Mitchell’s Hadestown, American Inferno is Dante reset to the American Midwest and Texas in a musical exploration of a returning veteran’s reckoning with appetites, hubris, and guilt - both musician Colin Cutler's own and his nation’s.

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American History and Present Day

BY RICHARD KREITNER
@ VOL 13 ON APR 30, 2015

Special assistant to the publisher at The Nation, Richard Kreitner edits The Almanac, The Nation’s this-day-in-history blog, and writes the weekly Back Issues feature in the front of the magazine. He has also contributed reviews and essays on the American war in Vietnam, The New Republic’s centennial anthology, and Section 2 of the 14th Amendment. As a teenager, he was once expelled from a summer-study program in Madison after a regrettable misunderstanding about the definition of drug paraphernalia. He holds no grudge against the city.

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Heavy Metal Crossing Borders

BY MARWAN AL-SAMARA'E
@ VOL 3 ON FEB 20, 2015

Marwan Al-Samara'e, who grew up in war-torn Iraq, has survived death threats - all in the name of heavy metal! Featured in a documentary called Heavy Metal in Baghdad, his band Acrassicauda was forced to leave Iraq and became refugees. He now believes dreams can come true (even if that isn't very metal) and lives in New York - preaching the power of music to cross borders.  

 

"Presentation of the Day" on June 2, 2015.

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Connecting the Dots

BY KWESI OSAFO
@ VOL 1 ON OCT 12, 2015

Kwesi Osafo, originally from Ghana, West Africa, lives in Bridgeport, CT. In this PechaKucha presentation he shares his passion for furniture design, which began as a young boy and and progressed while studyuing Industrial Design at the University of Brideport. He relized the inextricable link between his heritage of primitive African form and the clean line design philophy of American post war design. He shares his insights related to his journey of exploring, acquiring, restoring and cataloging curated examples of American Post War furniture.

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Democracy, a most civil war

BY KARIM HAROUN
@ VOL 25 ON MAY 25, 2016

Karim Haroun is a filmmaker and producer based in Canada. For his talk, he is sharing his views on democracy in the Lebanese context, in relation to the municipal elections that are taking place during this time. What are the similarities and differences between democracy and war?

 

 

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Cold War

BY BETH BISHOP
@ VOL 1 ON MAY 19, 2016

Beth Bishop gives a history lesson on the Cold War

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Hungry People Start Wars

BY ERIC DAVIS
@ VOL 38 ON JUN 07, 2016

In a compelling arguement, Eric Davis uses his 400 seconds to articulate how cities are killing themselves.  

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Left and Right

BY KRIS REGENTIN
@ VOL 24 ON DEC 12, 2017

Kris Regentin talks about unity between the so-called left and right political ideologies, and why unity is needed for our country to repair.

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Preview of National Museum of African American Music

BY RON YEARWOOD
@ VOL 26 ON OCT 18, 2017

Beecher Hicks, III - A look at the future of the National Museum of African American Music in downtown Nashville

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Mind Bomb

BY JEFFREY RYAN PASS
@ VOL 14 ON NOV 30, 2018

Jeff Ryan Pass talks about major events and pop culture. He explores music, science fiction and important pieces of media over the last 50 years. Join Jeff as he takes you on a journey through American culture.