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Where Did You Come From?

“Where Did You Come From?” is the title of the first track on Suz Slezak’s upcoming collection of lullabies Watching the Nighttime Come. Slezak and David Wax, both members of …

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Furious Flower Honors Rita Dove

The most celebrated African American poets in America pay homage to the life’s work of former Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Rita Dove (University of Virginia). The occasion was …

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Replay: The Gospel Roots of Rock and Roll

Image via Wikipedia Sister Rosetta Tharpe attained great popularity in the 1930s and 1940s with her gospel recordings that were a unique mixture of spiritual lyrics and early rock and …

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When America Took to the Air

Image via Wikipedia In the years after World War I, stunt pilots in small airplanes would fly throughout the country, performing tricks and selling rides to locals—introducing Americans to flight …

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Replay: Furious Love

Image via Flickr user Ultimate Graphics The tempestuous relationship between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton captured the world’s attention in a way no other Hollywood couple’s had before. The public …

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America The Beautiful

Marian Anderson Sings at Lincoln Memorial: 1939 # 3 (Image courtesy Smithsonian Institution) From Marian Anderson’s 1939 concert at the Lincoln Memorial to Marvin Gaye’s singing of the National Anthem …

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Imagining Yoko Ono

Image courtesy Flickr user ge’shmally Yoko Ono is best known for her marriage to John Lennon and was vilified by the press in the 1960s for her perceived role in …

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Hip Hop, You Don’t Stop

American-invented hip hop music is now an international phenomenon with rappers in countries like Japan and Senegal. Kevin Kosanovich (College of William and Mary) traces hip hop’s roots, focusing on …

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10 Cents a Dance

   

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Christmas Music and Memories

Whether it’s a traditional hymn or a holiday song from our childhood, many people say Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without the music that marks this season. The sense of joy, …

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The Art of Giving

As the holidays approach, the pressure’s on to find perfect gifts for your loved ones. Marketing professor Kim Weaver (Virginia Tech) says if you’re thinking about adding a candy bar …

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Adoption in America

With the success of TV shows like Modern Family and Parenthood, it’s clear that the way Americans think of family is starting to change. Yet, Linda Seligmann’s (George Mason University) new book shows that for transracial …