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Wednesday, July 16th, 2014    Uncategorized
JFK: On the Role of the Artist

For inspiration, there’s nothing quite like hearing John F. Kennedy. If you’re an artist, or simply appreciate art, listen to this 1963 SPEECH that JFK delivered at Amherst College, Massachusetts, honoring the poet Robert Frost.

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Tuesday, December 10th, 2013    Culture
Nelson Mandela
Father of South Africa

The entire country of South Africa seems to be united in mourning with the passing of their “father,” Nelson Mandela. Mandela’s life, decency and leadership skills recall what we’ve all heard about keeping the courage of our convictions. This was a person who encountered and withstood severe pressures along the way to become the towering figure we know him as today.

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Thursday, July 4th, 2013    Culture
Independence Day
Remembering Thomas Jefferson and John Adams

Independence Day invites reverence for our founders, as well as our freedoms. Somewhat under the radar is one poignant story concerning two of them: Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. They each signed the Declaration of Independence, were political friends turned political enemies, and both died the same year –on the same exact day, which happened to be July 4th.

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Thursday, June 13th, 2013    Art, Culture
Art of the Middle East
Another Side of the Story

We are so used to the socio-political matters of the Middle East, we seldom stop to wonder about its artists and creators. This must-see blog is refreshingly devoted to brilliant artists, curators and exhibitions from Abu Dhabi and Amman to Tehran and Zurich.

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Thursday, January 10th, 2013    Art, Culture
Malala of Pakistan
15-Year-Old Fights for Girls Education

The Simone de Beauvoir Prize for Women’s Freedom was awarded to 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai, whose blog for the BBC earned her a bullet in the head from the Taliban in Pakistan. I found an amazing VIDEO of her story, and how her father’s school stood strong in the Swat Valley, while living under the terror of the Taliban.

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Sunday, January 6th, 2013    Culture
National Defense Authorization Act
What We Don't See is Already Hurting Us

For the last two years, in 2012 and 2013, The National Defense Authorization Act has included language that puts our constitutional rights at risk. The sections in question grant extraordinary latitude to the executive, who may choose at any time to undermine the rights of American citizens.

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Friday, October 26th, 2012    Art, Culture
Ghetto Celebrity (Contours Podcast)
A Revealing Memoir and Creative Struggle

If you love to hear new important voices, or you’ve ever endured the creative struggle, listen to this podcast. It will touch bone.

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Saturday, June 9th, 2012    Art
Songs of War
Sesame Street and the CIA

Many Americans realize that during the Viet Nam War, music was blasted from speakers in an attempt to subdue the enemy on the field. But how many of us know that music was co-opted by the CIA’s “Enhanced Interrogation” program installed during the Bush administration?

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Friday, June 1st, 2012    Culture
Secrets of Body Language
How to Read the Signs

How can we discern when people are being truthful, or false? Expert coaches and trainers of high profile clients are featured in this footage of world leaders, celebrities and other public figures, illuminating the powerful signals revealed by body language.

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Wednesday, May 30th, 2012    Culture
The End of War-2 (Contours Podcast)
How Could War Truly End?

Humankind created war, and is therefore capable of ending it. This is the daring theme of science scholar John Horgan’s new book, “The End of War.” In Part 1 of my podcast interview with Horgan, he discussed evidence that human warfare has existed for only the last ten thousand years: a blip on the historical screen of human history.

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