Si Kahn first learned of the power of song—perhaps like so many in the 60s—from his work in activism. In his book Creative Community Organizing: A guide for rabble rousers, activists, and quiet lovers of justice, he writes about his experience as a skinny, dewy kid from the north on the front lines of the burgeoning … Continue reading Singing with Si Kahn
Winning Entry, Massey Lectures contest, fall 2015 by Glen Herbert Margaret MacMillan’s 2015 CBC Massey Lectures were about people who have left a mark on their own time, and on ours. Inspired by the lectures, listeners were asked: Who you think will be most remembered fifty years from now? Who will have the greatest impact on our times, and on the … Continue reading “Girl”
New close-up images of a region near Pluto’s equator reveal a giant surprise: a range of youthful mountains rising as high as 11,000 feet (3,500 meters) above the surface of the icy body. The mountains likely formed no more than 100 million years ago — mere youngsters relative to the 4.56-billion-year age of the solar … Continue reading The Icy Mountains of Pluto
Folk music is a lot more like golf than you might think, were you ever to think this kind of thing. The more muscle you put into it, the more erratic your game becomes. You can’t force it. You need to set your grip, and your stance, and not mess with them. Keep your head … Continue reading The best old-time album you’ll hear this year
Phil Jamison Hoedowns, Reels and Frolics: Roots and branches of Southern Appalachian Dance University of Illinois Press by Glen Herbert Alex Ross wrote recently in the New Yorker that “when classical-music fans hear that a new Hollywood production has a scene set at the opera or the symphony, they reflexively prepare to cringe. Typically, such scenes give a klutzy … Continue reading Rethinking Appalachia
How a tiny shop changed the landscape of musical instrument manufacturing in North America.
by Glen Herbert
The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. The opposite of addiction is connection.
“The woman who lived next door decided that bird-watching might keep me from pestering her daughter and my sister. How could she have known that the act of peering through her binoculars at the orioles nesting in her elms would help fan a spark of interest into a lifelong passion?”
By Michael Runtz Continue reading The Howls of August
Twenty-five men, 350 pounds of supplies, and a chance to change the world.
by Glen Herbert
Continue reading Living in the moment with Adolphous Greely
“It sounds weird,” says Deirdre Baker, “but studies have shown that children who have fathers who read are more likely to become readers.” She’s right. That does sound weird. Continue reading The stories of our youth