The Common Good

Articles By Danny Duncan Collum

Members and associates of Holy Family Catholic Church in Natchez, the first African-American parish in Mississippi, played an integral role in the civil rights movement.
For the next 54 years, Anne Braden was a solid citizen of 'the other America.'
'You deserve a break today' can be a pretty appealing proposition.
The 'Triple-A' music format comes with a nice fit, but only for a few.
If democracy is to be more than a slogan, everyone must have access to the Internet.
Can we get spin-free public TV?
Child rearing, never an easy endeavour, has become in many ways a countercultural activity.
What do we believe when all social restraints are off?
Can democracy survive without an adversarial press?
The suffering and salvation of New Orleans.
My life among conservative Christians.
Colonizing the last commercial-free slice of the broadcast spectrum.
The particular truth of the North Mississippi Allstars.
Buddy Miller's music sings louder than words.
Ossie Davis, Arthur Miller, and the common good.
Aaron McGruder rages against the machine.
I Yam What I Yam
I always had a soft spot for Wal-Mart.
Turning on to life by turning off the box.
An interview with Paul Elie on faith, writing, and the
Wright was a political activist, but his loyalty was to his art.
Bruce Springsteen as singer, guitarist - and statesman.
How faith and a newspaper transformed a Mississippi community.
Old-time country music is the new punk rock.
It's the stuff the mainstream mass media won't tell you.
Race and politics in 2004.
Copyright laws choke the commingling streams of King Lear, Iggy Pop, and "Louie Louie."
We want Hooterville and Manhattan.
The 'adult' standards of cable have seeped into the groundwater of broadcast television.
If we get the heroes we deserve, then Pete Rose may just be the man for America today.
Mark Lombardi tried to visualize the spirit of his age.
Sam Phillips spread the blues, broke racial barriers - and left a mixed legacy.
The beer-commercial sensibility of deliberate, cultivated empty-headedness is pervasive.
Today rock dozes comfortably in the belly of the beast.
A political realignment in this country isn't possible until we heal the cultural breach that afflicts us.
There's been a resurgence of entertaining protest - or, at least, protesting entertainers.
The Mekons: Part of the chain of holy warriors.
The high cost of corporate radio.
Philip Morris is the public face of American tobacco.
As this is written, rescue workers are still separating the bodies from the bamboo after the terrorist bombing of a nightclub in Bali.
Bruce Springsteen dives straight into the pain…and the ambiguity.
I'm reluctant to mouth off about something like the 30th anniversary of the Watergate break-in and all that followed. It makes me feel old.
In country music the greatest sins are pretense and snobbery
When I heard about the death of country singer Waylon Jennings in February, my mind flashed back to the day I first bought one of his records.
Studs Terkel reflects on life, death, and oral history.
During the month of March, PBS affiliates will be airing a documentary called Welcome to the Club—The Women of Rockabilly.
The song has again become a vital statement of hope and even a resource for resistance.
‘‘The [Harry Potter computer] game will feature a series of challenges, all inspired by the original book's storyline..."