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    In a Black History Month special, today we spend the hour with the legendary pianist and composer Randy Weston. For the past six decades, Weston has been a pioneering jazz musician incorporating the vast rhythmic heritage of Africa. His most famous compositions include "Little Niles," "Blue Moses" and "Hi-Fly," and his 1960 album, "Uhuru Afrika," was a landmark recording that celebrated the independence...
    Feb 20, 2012 | Story
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    Our full 78-minute interview with pianist and composer Randy Weston. Includes extended performances of many of Weston’s most famous songs: "Hi-Fly," "Blue Moses," "African Cookbook," "In Memory Of," "The Healers," "African Lady," "Kucheza Blues," and "Blues for Langston Hughes." For the past six decades, Weston has been a pioneering jazz musician,...
    Feb 24, 2012 | Web Exclusive
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    Pioneering poet, essayist and feminist Adrienne Rich died on Tuesday at the age of 82. She was one of the most distinguished poets living and working in the United States. In 1997, she spoke to Democracy Now! about why she refused the 1997 National Medal for the Arts to protest the growing concentration of power in fewer and fewer hands.
    Mar 29, 2012 | Web Exclusive
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    The legendary poet, essayist and feminist Adrienne Rich, who died on Tuesday at the age of 82, was one of the most celebrated poets of the last half-century and a lifelong advocate for women, gay and lesbian rights, peace and racial justice. Rich drew widespread acclaim for her many volumes of poetry and prose, which brought the oppression of women and lesbians into the public spotlight. She was a key figure in the women’s movement and...
    Mar 30, 2012 | Story
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    Playwright Tony Kushner reflects on the life of his friend Maurice Sendak, the writer and illustrator best known for his children’s book, "Where the Wild Things Are." Sendak died on Tuesday at the age of 83. "Maurice had that ability to speak universally, which I think was evidence of the fact that he really was a genius," Kushner says. Kushner adds that he regrets Sendak, who was gay, did not live to hear President...
    May 10, 2012 | Story
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    For his latest project, Tony Kushner is writing the screenplay for an upcoming Steven Spielberg movie about Abraham Lincoln. Kushner says an understanding of Lincoln’s presidency carries valuable lessons for political life today. "I think that [Lincoln’s] incredible ability to finesse very, very treacherous political circumstances and continue to move the country forward, I mean, to lead the country forward in the midst of the...
    May 10, 2012 | Story
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    The musician and activist Tom Morello has performed at a number of rallies and concerts over the past three days at the NATO protests in Chicago. Morello is the longtime guitarist of Rage Against the Machine who also performs as the Nightwatchman and with his other band, the Street Sweeper Social Club. "Across the globe, and certainly across the United States, from the Veterans Against the War movement to the rising,...
    May 21, 2012 | Story
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    Commemorations are being held across the country this year to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of the country’s greatest songwriters, Woody Guthrie. Born on July 14, 1912, in Okemah, Oklahoma, Guthrie wrote hundreds of folk songs, including "This Land Is Your Land," "Pastures of Plenty," "Pretty Boy Floyd," "Do Re Mi" and "The Ranger’s Command." While Guthrie is best...
    Jul 04, 2012 | Story
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    We will spend the hour Thursday, July 12, marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of the country’s greatest songwriters, Woody Guthrie, with his daughter, Nora, and granddaughter, Anna. Also joining us in studio will be musician Steve Earle, who says Guthrie “invented my job.”
    Jul 11, 2012 | Web Exclusive
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    Today a Democracy Now! special on the life, politics and music of Woody Guthrie, the "Dust Bowl Troubadour." Born a hundred years ago on July 14, 1912, in Oklahoma, Guthrie wrote hundreds of folk songs and became a major influence on countless musicians, including Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Seeger and Phil Ochs. While Guthrie is best remembered as a musician, he also had a deeply political side, speaking out for labor and...
    Jul 12, 2012 | Story