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CNN Reimagined

AKIE BERMISS: I’ve recently adopted a new coping mechanism for all the terrible news programs out there.  I now categorized my news sources in three basic groups.  There is the “What Is Happening” category – which is purely informative.  No…

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WBGO’s New Transmitter

AKIE BERMISS: For any jazz-lover in the New York City with his or her salt, WBGO 88.3FM is an old friend. For solid, mainstream jazz, it’s the place to be and has been for over 30 years.

CHRIS PUMMER: By itself at new radio transmitter sounds like a pretty reasonable investment. If you consider that as a non-commercial radio station, WBGO’s role is also as a curator of a musical form that is vanishing from commercial radio, then spending this money ensuring that people of almost all ages and economic standings can listen seems like a very good investment. Continue reading

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75 Percent Involved in the Arts?

AKIE BERMISS: I love the National Endowment for the Arts. I have loved them since childhood. My home was an NPR and PBS-centric household. There was hardly a day that went by that I didn’t hear about how the National Endowment for the Arts was supporting something I watched or listened to. You could say that from an early age I was involved in the arts. Such was my upbringing. My parents emphasized not only core academics such as reading and arithmetic, but also an appreciation of various types of performance and fine arts. Also a hunger for knowledge (can’t tell you how many family dinners were spent watching NOT primetime television of the McNeil-Lehrer News Hour on PBS) and healthy debate. In the end, I became an artist. And, make no mistake, I give the NEA a ton of credit for it. But when a recent study from the NEA states that 75% of Americans feel that they “participate” in the arts — I have to question the evidence.

HOWARD MEGDAL: The answer here is simple: we haven’t seen a massive increase in arts participation. We’ve seen a systemic defining down of what constitutes arts participation. I mostly blame grandparents. Continue reading

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Election 2010: Personal Reflections

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: It’s a difficult time to be a Liberal of any kind in America right now. Most of us are in a very pensive mood, if not suicidal. There is a lot of sober reflection, and anger; a lot of heartbreak.

AKIE BERMISS: This past Wednesday morning reminded me oh-so-many things I thought I’d forgotten. I remember now the clear sense of sadness, impotence, and rage I felt when George W. Bush was elected in 2000 (I was just half a year shy of being eligible to vote). I remember the potent sense of unfairness I felt at Bush’s reelection in 2004. I remember the strange feeling of ennui that I had when, in 4th grade, we were forced to listen to Bill Clinton’s first inaugural address in class (I’d been a Perot defender at the time). All these mixed sorts of feelings of devastation. The sensation of having lost. But never before have I felt the urgency to go immediately back into the fray. Continue reading

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Firing of Juan Williams

HOWARD MEGDAL: The debate about NPR’s firing of Juan Williams is as nonsensical as the comment Williams made that led to his termination by NPR.

ALLISON REILLY: Should Williams have been fired? No. Could NPR have done a better job handling the whole thing? Yes. Did Williams cross some sort of line or do something wrong? Perhaps. Continue reading

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Ben Harper

AKIE BERMISS: I think that in all honesty, the music speaks for itself. And the music is pretty horrible. Its not out-and-out bad, its not unprofessionally recorded or performed — its just mediocre. And I have a real serious personal problem with celebrating mediocrity.

STEPHON JOHNSON: Yes, it’s immature and we’ve all fallen victim to it, but seeing this kid wearing the band’s t-shirt immediately trained me to dislike Ben Harper based strictly on the type of people his music attracts.

DAVE TOMAR: Superficial, sensitive and stupid, Ben Harper is the musical equivalent of Ben Affleck. Continue reading

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