When worlds collide, we often get comedy. A story on National Public Radio this morning showed how this can happen even in the most traumatic situations. Apparently, kidnapping is a booming business in Latin America. The Morning Edition host, Steve Inskeep, interviewed a woman in Venezuela whose adult daughter had been kidnapped. While negotiating . . . → Read More: Don’t Worry, Papa’s Working, By Chuck Strom
Vietnam may not be the first place that you think of when it comes to planning a beach getaway, but it’s quickly gaining popularity as a strong choice, thanks to over 3,400 kilometers of coastline characterized by powdery sand beaches, secluded tropical islands and jungle forests. Keep reading to learn about some Vietnamese . . . → Read More: 4 Can’t-Miss Beaches in Vietnam
I’ve recently moved to Everett, WA, but I find myself in Sweden again for a couple of weeks and just in time to be caught up in the voting for Sweden’s Eurovision candidate. A quick Wikipedia search will tell you that Eurovision has gone on since 1958 and launched careers for among others ABBA, . . . → Read More: What Every American Needs to Know About Eurovision, By Linda Newman Andersson
You might envision Tunisia as a wonderful place for an exotic holiday. Most tourists love visiting the tiny African nation because you’re right in the middle of so many different landscapes – beaches, desert, mountains, and cities. But Tunisia also has plenty to do for the whole family, and if you’re thinking . . . → Read More: Activities That Kids Will Enjoy in Tunisia
I LIKE that we kill trees to make books. I love trees. I’m leaning up against one right now. I feel like a hunter of the Great Plains standing over the last gasp of a dying Buffalo when I hold a good book; admiring its achievement and its power. This book used to be . . . → Read More: BBC Storyville: The Love of Books – A Sarajevo Story, By Davin Michael Stedman
This vid is a lot of fun. Sure, at the beginning it looks like a commercial for any feminine product of the last 20 years, but once it gets going, the movement is infectious. Nossa is a French girl group and they’re covering “Mas Que Nada,” the signature tune for Sergio Mendes and Brazil . . . → Read More: Nossa – Mas Que Nada
Thailand remains one of the premier vacation destinations out of any other place in Asia. Because of its location off the southeastern part of the Asian continent, it has some of the most beautiful tropical landscapes in the world. From its pristine beaches to its golden temples and its cool, northern jungles, . . . → Read More: Thailand for Foodies
There are more Christmas Markets across the world than ever before, but have you ever stopped to wonder where they originated from?
Christmas Markets light up many of the most famous towns and cities in the world during the festive season, and they bring delight to most who visit them. In recent years more . . . → Read More: The History of the Christmas Market
Haha! This vid is supposed to be controversial?! Who in their right mind would take this group seriously? Totally missing the point. I’d still like to hear the stories that got them dropped from Interscope Records though!
– Marco Collins is currently rocking at JetCitystream.
I found this circa-1988 Cedar Crest skateboard half-pipe footage on YouTube, the best of several CCCC clips there. Seems just a bit different than I remember, but of course I was never there in daylight!
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Meet Tracy Irve, a brother-sister pop duo from Sweden whose video for “I Can’t” is trending in the US today.
First of all, I’d like to know what constitutes a “good” teacher. Do you think it’s test scores? Do you realize that Sweden is purported to have the best performing schools in the world. They do not use standardized tests,, they pay their teachers a livable wage, they have socialized health care, they put . . . → Read More: A Child Is So Much More Than A Test Score, By Holly Homan
Here’s a sexy, over-the-top video from Russia. The artist is Алина Артц or Alina Ascent. The song title is “Со мной по-другому нельзя! (ПРЕМЬЕРА!)” which means, “To Me in No Other Way! (PREMERA!).”
I’d ask you all to think of the women in Pussy Riot who stood up to Putin in a celebration of free speech in Russia. Three of them have been held incommunicado in prison for several months and are today in court. They’re a reminder that music can still have a strong political voice: . . . → Read More: Pussy Riot Trial To Begin in Moscow, By Chris Nickson
British wildlife expert Alex Larenty, 50, calms savage cats with gentle foot-rubs.
Alex, originally of Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, UK, moved to South Africa in 1999. He started massaging Jamu, nine, after putting insect repellent on him one day.
“I gave him a scratch and massage and he rolled around with his tongue out. . . . → Read More: Alex the Lion Stroke-King
Here’s some vintage video of monks chanting & painstakingly drawing sand mandalas among other things. I got to see a performance like this a few years back when a group of monks was in residence at a health food store for a month painting this huge mandala in public. Then one day, of course, . . . → Read More: The Gyuto Monks – Tibetan Tantric Choir, By David Golightly
The best single of summer 2012 had female vox and was from Russia, but it wasn’t Pussy Riot. It was this tune, “A Hot Summer Night. Love. Sea. Music.” Recorded by Neoclubber, a Moscow dance pop project, this catchy, Russian-language ballad was trending on Youtube for a day or two as one of the . . . → Read More: Neoclubber – A Hot Summer Night. Love. Sea. Music. – Definitive Single of Summer 2012
This week NATION editor Katrina vanden Heuvel brings attention to an unlikely political cause celebre involving a Russian punk rock collective called Pussy Riot. Some remarkable YouTube video footage accompanies her piece:
. . . → Read More: Free Pussy Riot! By Tom Kipp