Bernie Sanders: I Will Be an Arts President

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Art is speech. Art is what life is about. 

Bernie Sanders, Democratic Candidate for President of the United States

A rousing sentiment, and one rarely expressed by those running for the nation’s highest office.


The Syrian Conflict & The European Refugee Crisis Explained in an Animated Primer

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In a quick six minutes, the animation above explains the origins of two very related problems — the Syrian Conflict & the European Refugee Crisis.


High School Teacher Reads Allen Ginsberg’s Explicit Poem “Please Master” and Loses His Job

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Although the boundaries of what should pass for free speech in high school English classrooms will be forever in debate, most everyone would agree some boundaries must exist.


Parvati Saves the World: Watch a Remix of Bollywood Films That Combats Rape in India

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Sexual violence in India has been in the spotlight ever since a 23-year-old medical student was gang raped and murdered on a bus in New Delhi in 2012. The crime was so flagrant and so brutal that the country recoiled in shock. Students and activists descended into the streets of Delhi to protest.


Prince’s New Protest Song “Baltimore” Now Streaming Online

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As the protests in Baltimore unfolded, Prince sat at his keyboard at Paisley Park’s soundstage in Minnesota and started penning a peaceful protest song, which just hit the web this morning. Click play and ponder the lyrics below. Then get the backstory on the writing of “Baltimore” at MyFoxTwinCities.


Read Noam Chomsky & Sam Harris’ “Unpleasant” Email Exchange

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In 2013, we documented the acrimonious exchange between Noam Chomsky and Slavoj Žižek, which all started when Chomsky accused Žižek of “posturing–using fancy terms like polysyllables and pretending [to] have a theory when you have no theory whatsoever.


Günter Grass Takes On Facebook: “Someone Who Has 500 Friends, Has No Friends.”

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Incisive social critic, novelist, poet, sculptor, and inspiration to such trenchant fabulists as John Irving and Salman Rushdie, German writer Günter Grass passed away this week with a well-defined legacy as “his country’s moral conscience.


Watch The Hitch: An Indie-Documentary on The Life & Times of Christopher Hitchens

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A quick note: Kristoffer Seland Hellesmark was looking for a documentary on Christopher Hitchens to watch, but could never find one.


Dominic West, Stephen Fry & Benedict Cumberbatch Read From a Guantánamo Prisoner’s Diary

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For more than a decade, Mohamedou Ould Slahi has remained locked up in Guantánamo, despite never being charged with a crime. He’s just one of many prisoners trapped in a Kafkian state of legal limbo. Confined to a single cell, Slahi has written a haunting, 466 page account of his experience.


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