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The Best Releases of August: Music Staff Picks

Tropical Fuck Storm – Deep States Aussie noise rock band Tropical Fuck Storm’s third album, Deep States, is as messy and disorienting as the doomed political landscape it was birthed out of. Reflecting mind-poisoning social media discourse twisted through the filter of a distortion pedal, vocalists Gareth Liddiard and Fiona Kitschin deliver some of their most compelling melodies over lacerating guitar and synth lines. The opening track, “The Greatest Story Ever Told”, writes from the perspective of Jesus’ second coming to Earth to proclaim in a grand chorus “There ain’t no end of days.” Even at its loudest, a sense … Continued

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The Best Releases of June: Music Staff Picks

Spellling – The Turning Wheel The Turning Wheel, Chrystia Cabral’s third album under the project Spellling, offers bewitchingly captivating progressive folk and neo-soul songs. A shift towards natural instrumentation marks a stark change from 2019’s synth-heavy Mazy Fly, giving these songs a new liveliness, and pushing Cabral’s songwriting towards the theatrical. The sonic palette on its own can be bewildering at first–veering off without warning into performances of soul, hard rock, classical, folk, and of course, synthwave. It’s no surprise that the personnel list reveals more than thirty performers–all of whom sound great. The songs are left with an enchanting … Continued

Frances Moore Lappé is the author of 18 books including the bestseller Diet for a Small Planet, which has sold three million copies. She is also the co-founder of three organizations, including Food First: The Institute for Food and Development Policy as well as, the Small Planet Institute (smallplanet.org), a collaborative network for research and popular education seeking to bring democracy to life, which she leads alongside her daughter Anna Lappé. Lappé appears frequently as a public speaker and on radio, and is a regular contributor for the Huffington Post and Alternet.   [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Lappé sat down with KRUI News … Continued

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Vice President for Communications and Public Relations at United Nations Foundation, Aaron Sherinian, gave a speech at the University of Iowa’s United Nations Day Fair Oct. 26. His passionate speech included the goals of getting to the root of current  national and international issues. The United Nations Day Fair is a milestone for our nation as countries across the world not only celebrate the accomplishments and innovative hard work involved in solving important issues, but develop new solutions to current issues. A bipartisan poll concluded that 86% of Americans are convinced that in order to solve issues such as hunger, … Continued

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By Rana Moustafa [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Last month, Mahmoud Abbas, the chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization and president of the Palestinian Authority, traveled to Washington D.C. to bid a proposal at the UN opening Assembly. Since then, he has kept his hopes high as he is determined to fulfill his obligation of giving his people their “legitimate right” to full UN membership and a viable Palestinian government. However, opposition to this bid does exist. Obama has vowed to veto the bid if it is passed by 9 out of the 15 UN councils. At the … Continued

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