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Singing and Praying Justice, Part 1

"He who sings prays twice." -- Saint Augustine "What's going on?" -- Marvin Gaye
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Free Music Download and Interview with DM Stith

In an age of quick and easy fame, where reality stars are more popular than actual actors, it's always refreshing to find an artist quietly making genuinely beautiful music with little to no regard for fame.
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Roman Polanski and the Politics of Remembering

I'm reluctant to comment regarding film-maker Roman Polanski's arrest and the attempt to extradite him to the U.S.
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The Yes Men: Corporate Pranksters on a Mission

Fans of gonzo political activism may remember the Yes Men's infamous stunt in which Andy Bichlbaum posed as a Dow Chemical spokesperson named Jude (patron saint of the impossible) Finisterra (earth's end).
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How Women of Faith Fought a Dictator with Nonviolence

To commemorate the International Day of Peace (September 21st), I had the opportunity to attend a screening of the documentary Pray the Devil Bac
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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: A Visual Feast with a Side of Social Commentary

I have to admit, I wasn't expecting much when I first took my seat in the theater to preview Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, a 3-D animated comedy based on the popular children's book.
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Big Food vs. Big Health Care

In his September 9 New York Times article, "Big Food vs.
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A 9/11 Prayer: Leonard Cohen's 'Democracy'

My mother-in-law saw Leonard Cohen live in her native Norway this summer. She sent me this YouTube clip so I could have a taste.
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Want to End Poverty? Focus on Women and Girls

Promoting gender equality is crucial to combating global poverty, a point Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn make in their new book,
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Why the U.S. Ranks 37 Among World Health Systems, Plus Four Alternative Models

The United States is the richest nation on earth. It has some of the best-trained physicians and best medical facilities on earth. It is a leader in medical innovation and medical education.
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