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John Cusack and Maggie Gyllenhaal Get Angry in a Political Ad About NSA Surveillance
October 24, 2013

Privacy and celebrity aren't particularly well-acquainted concepts. But actors Maggie Gyllenhaal and John Cusack appear in a new PSA video calling for an end to NSA surveillance practices.

Arthur Miller Outlived His Critics
October 14, 2002
October 17, 2013

With Arthur Miller reaching the age of eighty-seven this month, it is time for those of us who have not always been in his corner to salute one of our theater's most distinguished elder statesmen.

E-Cigarette Ads Should Discourage Tobacco Use, Not Promote It
September 27, 2013

Jenny’s love life is in tatters. “You know, I love being single,” confesses the talk-show host, but her smoker-induced “ashtray breath” keeps all the men at bay.

From the Video Vault: Tolstoy towards the End
September 09, 2013

On this day in 1828, Leo Tolstoy was born. This surprisingly clear footage from 1910 shows the author towards the end of his life. 

Jewsplaining Weiner's Shouting Match With a Voter
September 04, 2013

Am I the only one who watched the video (see below) of former Rep. Anthony Weiner arguing with a man in Borough Park, Brooklyn, and found Weiner kind of endearing?

From the Video Vault: Charlie Parker Plays with Dizzy Gillespie
August 29, 2013

On this day in 1920 jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker was born. In the video below, Parker performs "Hot House" with trumpeter (and frequent collaborator) Dizzy Gillespie in 1951. Image via Shutterstock.

Watch: James Baldwin Rips Malcolm X
August 28, 2013

In June of 1963, James Baldwin appeared on Boston public television producer Henry Morgenthau III's show "The Negro and the American Promise," where he discussed Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., and how the civil rights movement must proceed.Image

Martin Luther King Talks March on Washington on Meet The Press
August 25, 2013

On August 28, 1963, The March on Washington brought between 200,000 and 300,000 people to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and remains firmly entrenched in the American mind as the site of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous "I Have A Dream" speec

From the Video Vault: Ray Bradbury on Writing Persistently
August 22, 2013

Science fiction writer Ray Bradbury was born on this day in 1920. While now heralded as one of the best science fiction writers ever, Bradbury initially struggled to get stories published.

From the Video Vault: Trotsky Welcomed by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera
August 21, 2013

Leon Trotsky, exiled from Russia and living in Mexico, died after being stabbed with an ice pick on this day in 1940.

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