Tag: Barack Obama

Henley, DeVore And The Little Boys Of Summer

The California senatorial race is being played out to the strains of Don Henley songs. In 2008, Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, a righter-than-right GOP candidate for Barbara Boxer’s seat, thought it would be cute to release “After the Hope of November Is Gone.” DeVore’s not particularly witty blast at Democrats was sung to the tune of…

Interview: Stew On The State Of The Union

I’m sure stranger things have happened on Broadway than a brilliantly scrappy Los Angeles psych-punk band – provocatively named the Negro Problem – evolving into a Tony Award-winning musical. But I really can’t think of any. Still, that’s what happened to guitar-slinging, Godard-quoting, rockin’-soul singer Stew and his bass-bumping artistic henchwoman and former squeeze, Heidi…

Posted in Interviews, Trends in Music and Society

Obama Meets Republicans, Wins Back Jon Stewart

If you haven’t yet watched President Obama’s lively and engaging Q&A during a GOP retreat last Friday, what are you waiting for? (Or you could just catch the high points, with an obviously delighted Jon Stewart, below.) Yes, political points aplenty were scored. But more importantly, Obama was modeling a type of civil discourse that,…

Posted in Trends in Music and Society

Howard Zinn: 1922-2010

Howard Zinn, who died of a heart attack yesterday at age 87, was an Air Force bombardier before becoming a politically engaged historian, civil-rights activist, vital Vietnam War opponent, prolific writer, indefatigable instigator, and probably the country’s best-known demystifier of American mythology, largely through his best-selling 1980 book, A People’s History of the United States….

Posted in Human Rights

The State Of The State Of The Union

Tonight at 9 p.m. EST, President Obama will deliver his first State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. The president will cover terrorism, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the relief efforts in Haiti, but the bulk of his speech will focus on the economy, job creation, and the needs…

Posted in Jobs and the Economy

Interview: Michael Franti, On Beyond Tree-Hugging

If every administration gets the pop star it deserves, the current White House resident could do a whole lot worse than Michael Franti, with whom he has more than biracial parents in common. Franti released an optimistic single, “Obama Song,” shortly after the election, ended up playing three inauguration galas, and, per his comments below,…

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Thomas Friedman Nails It

Although most of “More (Steve) Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, Jobs” is devoted to National Lab Day and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman led off today with something I suspect we’ll be hearing more of as the November elections loom larger. (Even considering the source.) The most striking feature of Barack…

Posted in Trends in Music and Society, Jobs and the Economy

Chewing On Copenhagen

What was achieved, or not, in Copenhagen? The Copenhagen Accord‘s goal is laid out in Article 2: 2. We agree that deep cuts in global emissions are required according to science, and as documented by the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report with a view to reduce global emissions so as to hold the increase in global…

Posted in Sustainability and Climate Change

This American Phish

Forget about Phish 3.0. For a long time I reckoned there were only two Phish eras: the Clinton years and the Bush years. Having seen the band all three nights at Madison Square Garden last week, however, I’m forced to update that notion. Phish has now fully entered their – and our – Obama phase….

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HeadCount Gets A White House Invite

Last week, while on the way to see Phish in Philadelphia, I got an unexpected email from…the White House. We would like to invite you to join us for a Clean Energy Economy Forum to discuss the important role young leaders have in creating and sharing this opportunity. The event will bring together emerging leaders…