"Carancho": Film noir that can't get much darker

We know what corruption and film noir look like, though, and "Carancho" is a fine example.


Common and hip hop are as American as apple pie

Conservative media pundits and Republican extremists deliberately used Common's invitation by the White House to condemn the Obama administration.


What would U.S. socialism look like?

I am often asked thought-provoking questions about U.S. socialism and what it would look like. My reply is something like this.


Labor independence: Not much to do with a party label

A recent article by Mike Elk illustrates what is wrong with too much of the left's thinking on labor today.


"Brothers of Bella": vintage music with a red tinge

Musically, "Brothers of Bella" is masterful, with rambunctious piano playing backed by accordion, bass, guitar, and drums. Yet the band doesn't stretch beyond the realm of classic music styles.


Sugar's bittersweet history

The history of sugar  is a fascinating, complicated and ongoing journey that takes us through the brutal depths of slavery to the heights of resistance and abolition, to the ingenuity of invention from Hershey's milk chocolate to Brazil's biofuels.


Big oil, government sacrifice kids for profits

Another reason to curb Big Oil: scientists are warning of danger to fetal development from chemicals found in crude oil.


GOP: Gay friendly?

How do the potential 2012 GOP presidential nominees view the LGBT community?


What a flight attendant owns

Former flight attendant remembers her co-workers, her union sisters and brothers, and the dignity and hard work of the profession, which makes the industry belong to those who work in it.


“Thor” hammers away at box office

Rather than coming off as corny and preposterous, Thor contains scenes that are grandiose and moving.

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