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  • Right Wing Watch: Censorship of the Arts is alive and well in the US. The latest report from People for the American Way documents in 137 challenges to artistic expression in 41 states, in both traditional arts and media. Many of these challenges have been attempts by religious and social conservatives to keep artistic references to homosexuality from reaching the general public. The report documents that "an alarming 73 percent of the challenges...
    Apr 09, 1996 | Story
  • For the 100-year anniversary of E.Y. "Yip" Harburg’s birth, Democracy Now! spoke with Ernie Harburg, Yip’s son and co-author of Yip’s biography, Who Put the Rainbow in The Wizard of Oz?: Yip Harburg, Lyricist. Best known for writing the lyrics for The Wizard of Oz, Yip also wrote the musical Bloomer Girl, which was about women’s suffrage, and Finian’s Rainbow, which dealt with race and class struggles. Yip...
    Jan 31, 1997 | Story
  • A Buddhist memorial service was held yesterday in New York City for poet and political activist Allen Ginsberg. He died this weekend at age 70 after a long battle with liver cancer.
    Apr 08, 1997 | Story
  • Poet and political activist Allen Ginsberg died earlier this year
    at the age 70.

    Ginsberg was perhaps best known for his lifelong political activism
    and his work with the Beat poets and writers in the 1950s and
    1960s, including Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassady and William Borroughs.

    Ginsberg’s 1956 poem "Howl!" captured — for many —the sentiment
    of the post-World War II period and pre-figured a decade of rage
    and revolution that...

    Jun 03, 1997 | Story
  • Adrienne Rich, one of the most distinguished poets living and working in the United States, refused the 1997 National Medal for the Arts to protest the growing concentration of power in fewer and fewer hands. Rich informed the Clinton administration of her decision in a July 3 letter to Jane Alexander, the chairwoman of the National Endowment for the Arts, which administers the awards. The National Medal for the Arts is usually awarded annually...
    Jul 16, 1997 | Story
  • One of the most politically charged American artists of the 20th century, Ralph FasanellaUs paintings chronicled a century of working class life and struggle. His unique style of painting, dubbed primitive or folkloric, coupled with his richly detailed canvasses quickly catapulted his work to the heights of the American art world.
    Dec 22, 1997 | Story
  • Few people remember that President Clinton has already bombed Iraq, in June of 1993. Although the claim was later proved to be false, Clinton asserted that Iraqis had been involved in a failed attempt to assassinate former President Bush.
    Feb 20, 1998 | Story
  • Linton Kwesi Johnson is a Jamaican-born dub poet who grew up in London, where he currently resides. In his works, the political activist-lyricist tackles issues such as racism, economic injustice and police brutality. His recently released album is entitled More Time. [includes rush transcript]
    Feb 24, 2000 | Story
  • Democracy Now! has done extensive coverage of COINTELPRO, the FBI’s counterintelligence program, particularly in terms of African Americans and the breaking up of the Black Panthers and its sympathizers throughout the 1970s. But today we’re going to take a different look at the FBI. We’re looking at what happens when culture, music and politics come together. This is the story of John Lennon and the FBI. [includes rush transcript]
    May 25, 2000 | Story
  • Mambo giant Tito Puente died two nights ago in New York City. As we remember the Latin musician, we bring you a tape of a jam session recorded in 1991 at Pacifica station WBAI in New York. The session includes Puente, Celia Cruz, Machito, Bill Cosby and others.
    Jun 02, 2000 | Story