Edward Snowden & Jean-Michel Jarre Record a Techno Protest Song, “Exit”

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For his new album, Electronica Volume II: The Heart Of Noise, Jean-Michel Jarre, a pioneer in electronic and ambient music, collaborated on a recording with Edward Snowden, the former CIA computer analyst-turned-whistleblower. Cue up their song, “Exit,” above.
At first glance, it perhaps seems like an unlikely pairing.


Spike Lee Directs, “Wake Up,” a Five-Minute Campaign Film for Bernie Sanders

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Earlier this month Spike Lee and Bernie Sanders, two Brooklyn natives, sat down and talked about politics and the state of our nation. Now, with the New York primary right around the corner, Spike drew on his filmmaking talents and directed a five-minute political campaign film for Bernie.


Spike Lee Interviews Bernie Sanders: Two Guys from Brooklyn Talk About Education, Inequality & More

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With the New York primary coming up, Spike Lee and Bernie Sanders–the filmmaker and the politician–sat down and talked about politics and the state of our nation.


Michio Kaku & Noam Chomsky School Moon Landing and 9/11 Conspiracy Theorists

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Who really killed John F. Kennedy? Did America really land on the moon? What really brought down the Twin Towers? Few modern phenomena possess the sheer fascination quotient of conspiracy theories.


Orson Welles Narrates an Animated Parable About How Xenophobia & Greed Will Put America Into Decline (1971)

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More than 40 years and seven presidential administrations have passed since Orson Welles narrated Freedom River. And although it shows signs of age, the animated film, a parable about the role of immigration, race, and wealth in America, still resonates today.


People of Nowhere: Short, Powerful Film Captures the Human Dimension of the Syrian Refugee Crisis

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“The propagandist’s purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human.”
–Aldous Huxley (1936)
Lior Sperandeo, who has previously directed short films called People of Mumbai, People of Nepal, and People of Senegal, returns with a film that resists focusing on a sense of place.


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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Image by Michiel Hendryckx.
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.


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