A Classic Animated Christmas

From the vaults, classics indeed: 1939's 'Peace on Earth,' the only cartoon ever nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize; from 1913, Ladislas Starevitch's pioneering and amazing stop-motion animated 'The Insects' Revenge' (plus a pr...
by David McGee
 

 
 

When Orcas Go Postal: The Gravest Show On Earth

Duncan Strauss talks with author DAVID KIRBY about Death At SeaWorld: Shamu and the Dark Side of Killer Whales in Captivity, his riveting exposé of SeaWorld’s disturbing treatment of killer whales, one of which killed its tr...
by David McGee
 

 

 
 

VIOLENT SATURDAY (1955)

Director RICHARD FLEISCHER's VIOLENT SATURDAY is an excellent film noir entry from 1955 starring a young Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine and Victor Mature; plus Donald Duck in a mellow satire on hunting, 'No Hunting' (1955)
by David McGee
 

 
 

Ryan to Tribes: Drop Dead; Obama Disagrees, Shows Them the Money

Lunatic PAUL RYAN wants to decimate the budget for Indian Health Services. Pushback is coming from PRESIDENT OBAMA, whose Fiscal 2015 Budget expands IHS services and funds other opportunities for Native Americans.
by David McGee
 

 

 

Where the Old Christmas Lives, and Breathes…

Timeless sacred and secular Christmas music, largely from the 16th and 17th centuries, by composers such as Michael Praetorius, impeccably performed on period instruments and with sensitive vocalizing by THE YORK WAITS. A lost ...
by David McGee
 

 
 

In Praise of Those Who Keep Christmas Well

Believe the Hype: Wherein we appraise four truly classic Christmas albums + one bonus, by ELLA FITZGERALD, PEGGY LEE, CHARLES BROWN, STAN KENTON & SIDNEY BECHET
by David McGee
 

 

 

Strengthening the Sustainable Agriculture Message

Crafting an inclusive message to promote agriculture that is environmentally sound, profitable and supports communities was the goal of the workshop "Building Capacity and the Voice for a Stronger Sustainable Agriculture Moveme...
by David McGee
 

 
 

A Visit with Matthew Cordell to Talk About What is Still My Favorite Picture Book of the Year

An interview with Matthew Cordell, author/illustrator of our kids' lit blogger Jules's favorite book of the year, hello! hello!
by David McGee
 

 

 

NASA to Advance Unique 3D Printed Sensor Technology

Awarded a $2 million technology development award, NASA technologist MAHMOODA SULTANA and her team are developing technology that could benefit efforts to send humans to the Moon and Mars
by David McGee
 

 
 

Sustainable Agriculture News

The USDA is giving $35 million in funding to local and regional food systems, including farmers markets, but can farmers, especially small ones, make enough at those markets to make them worth their while?
by David McGee
 

 

 

The Greatest Gift

A solo acoustic guitar masterpiece, DAVID WOOD's A CHRISTMAS GIFT captures the true spirit of the season as few Yuletide efforts ever have. Originally recorded for family and friends, it's a gift to the world now..
by David McGee
 

 
 

What Christmas Is As We Grow Older

From CHARLES DICKENS's twopenny weekly, Household Words, a 1951 meditation, 'What Christmas Means as We Grow Older,' an optimistic paean written the same year the author's father and daughter died.
by David McGee