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About eight of us were crushed together in my cousin’s small bedroom watching the 45 RPM seven-inch record revolve. It was the song we had heard the week before on Sunday’s Ed Sullivan Show.  Monday morning, the world would be different.

Thanks to YouTuber Racheldr

Sleepwalking to Armageddon: Helen Caldicott

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Long time anti-nuclear activist Dr. Helen Caldicott talks with me in this radio interview, broadcast yesterday on WBAI’s Arts Express program, about the continuing danger and threat of nuclear war; the relationship of the nuclear power industry to the nuclear weapons industry; and what ordinary people can do to stop the nuclear madness.

Caldicott, named by the Smithsonian Institute as one of the most influential women of the 20th century,  has just edited a new book, Sleepwalking to Armageddon, a short but sobering compilation of essays that outlines where the world stands now in relation to the nuclear danger, and what must be done.

Click on the grey triangle above to listen.

Got The News, Better Hang Loose

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Every Monday through Thursday morning, Michael G. Haskins introduces his WBAI radio Morning Show with a snippet of “Hang Loose,” by the Brooklyn-based band, Mandrill. I thought it might be fun to post a full live performance of the song with a Soul Train audience digging it in true 70s style.

Thanks to YouTuber  Neftali Santiago

Son of Happy Fun Ball

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Recently, I bought a set of electric hand warmers. They are little devices that you put in your gloves or socks to keep you warm during the winter. I was familiar with the one-use little plastic package warmers, so I thought a reusable electronic version might be useful. Little did I know until I read the directions which made me laugh out loud, that I had just purchased the equivalent of the true-life version of the legendary fictional Happy Fun Ball. I especially enjoyed the helpful advice in Precaution note #5, should misfortune arise:

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Rest assured, I will not Taunt the Fourheart Hand Warmer.

Cloudburst Crooning

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Monday morning, you jump out of bed onto a lamppost  for the opportunity to make a splash.

The wonderful title song from the movie, performed and choreographed by the effortless Gene Kelly, and brilliant direction by Stanley Donen.

Favorite part: the explanation to the cop at the end.

Thanks to YouTuber ozabbavo77

Dealt: Fate Shuffles The Deck For Magician Richard Turner

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Magician Richard Turner, the fabled blind card mechanic, is the subject of a compelling new film documentary directed by Luke Korem called Dealt. I interviewed Korem who spoke about the challenges and pleasures of making the film. Though ostensibly about magic, the story is also about independence, disability, discipline, creativity, and about learning how best to play the hand that life has dealt us.

Click on the grey triangle to listen to the interview as broadcast yesterday on the Arts Express radio program on WBAI 99.5 FM..

 

Learn Fun Fact’s Blog Party: Share Your Blog Here

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I don’t often do this (umm…never in fact), but I enjoy Edward Law’s daily blog Learn Fun Facts so much that I’m re-blogging his kind post where he offers other bloggers a place to share their blogs. Thanks, Edward. I think that if you enjoy reading my blog you will also greatly enjoy Edward’s daily posts as well.

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Growing a blog isn’t simple. It takes time, patience, and dedication before others would begin to notice your blog. While I can’t offer you a magic formula that would increase your blog’s popularity overnight, I can at least help you to promote your blog and find new readers.

Here’s what you’ll need to do:

Share a link to your blog (or blog post) that you want to promote in the comments section. To attract more attention, you may include a short and creative description of your blog.

Tips:

  • You may comment multiple times. For example, after you promoted your blog, you can post another comment which promotes a blog post.
  • Avoid including too many links (not more than two) on the same comments since the spam filter may treat it as a spam.
  • Visit the blogs of the other bloggers who comment here. This is a great opportunity for you to interact…

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