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New Music Roundup, Quarter 2

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On June 29, 2018
Working under the assumption that people could use something to cling to as the world burns, and would maybe like some new music suggestions for the coming holiday, here’s the second quarter installment of my new music roundup. For those who missed the first installment, the gist here is that four times a year, I’ll […]
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Juneteenth

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On June 19, 2018
Today is Juneteenth, which commemorates the final official emancipation of African-descended people from racial slavery in the United States on this day (June 19) in 1865. Far more than the 4th of July, Juneteenth speaks to and celebrates a radically capacious vision and realization of liberty and freedom. Clint Smith is right: This is your annual […]
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I haven’t lived in Wisconsin in three years now. Still, few things in politics make me happier than Scott Walker and Wisconsin Republicans failing. WI Senate District 1 flipped 21 points red to blue last night from 2016 (and 26 from the 2014 gubernatorial campaign). This is particularly gratifying because Scott Walker has been panicking […]
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A Tale of Two Leagues

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On May 24, 2018
While the NFL was embarrassing itself once again yesterday by censoring its players’ political speech, a related story was unfolding in the NBA world. Last January, Milwaukee Bucks’ player Sterling Brown was approached by a Milwaukee Police Department officer for parking illegally outside of a Walgreens while he went inside to grab something. The officer […]
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