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Bob Dylan’s JFK assassination song ‘Murder Most Foul’ connects to uncertainty of coronavirus pandemic

Bob Dylan’s JFK assassination song ‘Murder Most Foul’ connects to uncertainty of coronavirus pandemic

Over the past few weeks, the coronavirus has turned the country’s cultural spigot off, with sports suspended, museums closed, and movies postponed. But the virus hasn’t stopped Bob Dylan, who, on the evening of March 26, released “Murder Most Foul,” a 17-minute long song about the Kennedy assassination. [Despite the COVID-19 shutdown, Dylan is still […]

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When restaurants close, Americans lose more than just a meal

When restaurants close, Americans lose more than just a meal

Arnold Schwarzenegger tweeted a video of himself on March 15 saying: “No more restaurants.” Seated in his palatial kitchen with two miniature horses, Whiskey and Lulu, beside him, the former California governor pronounced: “We don’t go out, we don’t go to restaurants. We don’t do anything like that any more.” Stay at home as much […]

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How social distancing can ‘flatten the curve’ and help fight spread of coronavirus

How social distancing can ‘flatten the curve’ and help fight spread of coronavirus

As the coronavirus spreads into more and more communities, public health officials are placing responsibility on individuals to help slow the pandemic. Social distancing is the way to do it. Geriatrician Thomas Perls explains how this crucial tool works. What is social distancing? Social distancing is a tool public health officials recommend to slow the […]

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When de-aging De Niro and Pacino, ‘The Irishman’ animators tried to avoid pitfalls of the past

When de-aging De Niro and Pacino, ‘The Irishman’ animators tried to avoid pitfalls of the past

If you thought 76-year-old Robert De Niro and 79-year-old Al Pacino were done starring in blockbuster gangster films, think again. Both assume lead roles in Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” which chronicles the life of hitman Frank Sheeran and labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa over several decades. Different actors weren’t cast to play the younger versions […]

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‘Joker’ fans flock to Bronx stairway – and New Yorkers aren’t happy with new tourism

‘Joker’ fans flock to Bronx stairway – and New Yorkers aren’t happy with new tourism

New York’s newest tourist attraction isn’t a museum, park, or art installation. It’s a stairway. Sandwiched between apartment buildings in the Bronx, it’s been dubbed by moviegoers the “Joker Stairs,” earning its name and fame after being featured prominently in “Joker.” Since the film’s release, fans have flocked to the stairs, where they’ve been posing […]

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Marijuana is on the ballot in four states, but legalization may soon stall, researchers say

Marijuana is on the ballot in four states, but legalization may soon stall, researchers say

The midterm elections could loosen marijuana restrictions in the United States as four states put ballot initiatives on legalization to a vote. Voters in Utah and Missouri will choose whether patients should gain access to medical marijuana. In Michigan and North Dakota, where medical marijuana is already legal, residents will decide whether to allow it […]

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The ghost of Roy Orbison tours U.S. as hologram, stopping in Pennsylvania on Nov. 9

The ghost of Roy Orbison tours U.S. as hologram, stopping in Pennsylvania on Nov. 9

On Oct. 1, the U.S. leg of the Roy Orbison hologram tour kicked off in Oakland. At each stop, a computer-generated hologram of Orbison will be performing alongside an orchestra and band. [The tour comes to the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank, New Jersey on Nov. 2, the Xcite Center at […]

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Hip-hop turns 45 – rap music’s path from pariah to Pulitzer

Hip-hop turns 45 – rap music’s path from pariah to Pulitzer

Kendrick Lamar’s Pulitzer Prize win is a major milestone for hip-hop, a genre that celebrates its 45th birthday this month. It’s also a triumph that many, a mere decade ago, would have never predicted. As someone who teaches and studies the politics of hip-hop and rap, I was pleasantly surprised myself. I thought of hip-hop’s […]

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The album at 70 years old: a format in decline?

The album at 70 years old: a format in decline?

The album – or at least, the 33rpm vinyl record that spawned the format – turns 70 years old this year. But it isn’t ageing gracefully. Even five years ago, Bob Lefsetz declared that “the album is dying in front of our very eyes” – and given how comprehensively streaming services are decimating record sales, […]