November 25, 2013
George W. Bush paints in simple strokes. His present hobby mirrors his black-and-white view of the world, especially in the fraught and fearful days after the Sept. 11th attacks: “You’re either with us, or with the terrorists.” That binary view bought him a lot of trouble. And it increasingly reflected how his citizens thought of him; either they loved him or hated him.Read More
November 14, 2013
Although President Obama promised that his would be the most transparent administration in American history, many journalists argue that it’s the most opaque.Read More
November 06, 2013
When Chen Lei takes the stage, she grasps a broomstick like a microphone and belts out the lyrics to the 80s hit “I’m Gonna Live Forever.” Eyes closed and hips swaying, she imagines she’s on 42nd street.
The broomstick, and Lei, are in Beijing’s Central Academy of Drama. Yet, as she sings in a production of Fame with Broadway directors, Lei is getting a taste of New York. And sometimes, the culture clash is dramatic.Read More
October 22, 2013
Today, independent filmmakers and musicians don’t need pricey Hollywood managers to amass legions of devoted fans or create award-winning films.
But despite the Internet’s dilution of Hollywood’s role, Reuters finance blogger Felix Salmon told a New America NYC audience this week that he’s skeptical that the arts have changed much at all.Read More
October 15, 2013
The New Orleans hospital rooms were humid, rank and dark. Hurricane Katrina had just flooded parts of the city, leaving it lawless and chaotic. And now, local doctors were faced with an alarming reality: They couldn’t evacuate all of the patients.Read More