Danny Duncan Collum, author of the novel White Boy, teaches writing at Kentucky State University in Frankfort. 

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Stories of Solidarity

by Danny Duncan Collum 07-01-2007
Singing the songs of a bygone world.

The Miracle on McLemore Avenue

by Danny Duncan Collum 06-01-2007
The Southern soul - and community - of Stax Records.

One Side to Every Story

by Danny Duncan Collum 05-01-2007

The mainstream media's blind spot on "free trade."

'We Are the World'

by Danny Duncan Collum 05-01-2007
Now playing near you: A global monoculture.

An Apostle to the Hip

by Danny Duncan Collum 04-01-2007
These are the anti-megachurches.

We Buy, Therefore We Are

by Danny Duncan Collum 03-01-2007
Everday low prices are part of our American birthright. Right?

'This Ad is Your Ad'

by Danny Duncan Collum 02-01-2007
This message brought to you by anti-capitalist-capitalists.

Dylan, Reborn. Again.

by Danny Duncan Collum 01-01-2007
The poet, musician, author (and senior citizen) keeps it real- and keeps it coming.

Keep it Close to Home

by Danny Duncan Collum 12-01-2006
Appalachian-influenced music with a modern twist: Zoe Speaks.

Happy Holidays!

by Danny Duncan Collum 12-01-2006
The war on the war on Christmas

The Digital Pipeline

by Danny Duncan Collum 11-01-2006
Who will control the stories we tell-and who gets to see them?

The Spirit of the Midwest

by Danny Duncan Collum 09-01-2006
'Prairie Home Companion' hits prime time.

Public Neglect and Private Hope

by Danny Duncan Collum 09-01-2006

On the first anniversary of Katrina, New Orleans is grateful for the kindness of strangers, but worried about those levees.

A Digital Stage Dive

by Danny Duncan Collum 08-01-2006
Neil Young's Living With War reopens the channel between artist and audience.

Agents of Change

by Danny Duncan Collum 07-01-2006

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.

Losing the News

by Danny Duncan Collum 07-01-2006
As newspapers die a slow death, can cable, radio, and the Web really provide serious, independent news?

A Life Of Enduring Impact

by Danny Duncan Collum 06-01-2006
For the next 54 years, Anne Braden was a solid citizen of 'the other America.'

Our Fast Food Empire

by Danny Duncan Collum 05-01-2006
'You deserve a break today' can be a pretty appealing proposition.

In his landmark book Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser reported that, in a global marketing survey, McDonald’s Golden Arches proved to be a more widely recognized symbol than the Christian cross. The arches are second worldwide, after the Olympic rings. The cross comes in third.

Of all the changes that struck American culture in the last quarter of the 20th century, the explosive growth of the fast-food industry would have to count as one of the most destructive. That’s a big claim. We’re talking about a period of history that saw the advent of music videos, infomercials, and call-waiting. But I’ll stand by it.

Foodways are among the most essential defining elements of any culture; in the past few decades, ours have changed almost beyond recognition. Twenty-first century America has, in large part, left behind regionally grown, home-prepared food for globalized, pre-packaged, sweetened, and fatty convenience stuff. Just as we’ve surrendered control of our free time, and even our inner consciousness, to the TV and advertising industry, we’ve turned over responsibility for much of our daily sustenance to a few transnational marketing corporations.

We are what they sell us. And, in exchange, the lords of the fast-food empire have promised to free us from cooking, dishwashing, and (at least briefly) from complaining children. The consequences of this bargain are written across our strip-malled landscape, our low-wage economy, and our increasingly bloated bodies.

Public Radio's New Jeans

by Danny Duncan Collum 04-01-2006
The 'Triple-A' music format comes with a nice fit, but only for a few.

Uncrossing The Wires

by Danny Duncan Collum 03-01-2006
If democracy is to be more than a slogan, everyone must have access to the Internet.