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Soundtracking the Resistance - Fascists in America

Examining Trump's Response to the White Supremacist Rally and Violence in Charlottesville, Virginia

Aug 18, 2017

With the President outdoing himself in a bid to appear like a terrible human being, there's only really one thing to talk about this week. Still, read on and you might find a few positive developments outside his Charlottesville debacle. More

Aug 11, 2017

This week we have renowned Cuban musicians discussing everything from their recent collaborative album covering American songs, to the political relationship between the U.S. and Cuba, plus elsewhere we update on the specter of nuclear war, Russia raids, climate change activism, and the death of a legend.  More

Aug 04, 2017

Singer/songwriter Laura Burhenn, who has recorded under the name The Mynabirds since 2010, has never shied from the world around her. Over the course of three albums, she's demonstrated a high degree of political engagement blended with subtly catchy indie pop.  More

Jul 28, 2017

This week Jake Snider from Minus the Bear discusses the future of the right, the state of the country, and his move from one side of the political spectrum to the other. We also round-up a busy and unpleasant week for Trump, particularly when it comes to healthcare and transgender rights, plus there's a little Iron & Wine to close. More

Soundtracking the Resistance - Six Months Down

Examining a Half Year of Trump (Plus Radiohead, Michael Stipe, Coldplay, Randy Newman, and Dirty Projectors)

Jul 21, 2017

It's the half-year Trump anniversary so we're leading with that this week. Mix in a little summary of his various misdeeds, and a collection of protest tracks the man has inspired and we've got ourselves a column. More

Soundtracking the Resistance - My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done

Donald Trump Jr.'s Russia Meeting (Plus Radiohead, Algiers, Kid Rock, and Sufjan Stevens)

Jul 14, 2017

This week we focus on a different Trump causing problems after Donald Jr's. desire to thrust himself into the center of the Russia allegations emerged. We also throw in a little bit of healthcare, race relations, Radiohead, and a worrying new political candidate. More

Soundtracking the Resistance - Changing Climates: An Interview with Marian Hill on the Environment

Plus Trump at G20, North Korea, Morrissey, Young Thug, and Will Butler

Jul 07, 2017

It's not been long since the President in all his wisdom announced his decision to withdraw America from the Paris Agreement on climate change. That will likely come up again during the G20 meeting (more below) but first we have duo Marian Hill demonstrating not everyone has to give up on the environment.  More

Jun 30, 2017

As crazy as political life may be in the US, Britain has its own problems after voting a year ago to completely reshape the country by leaving the European Union. Lias Saoudi of Fat White Family and The Moonlandingz joins us this week to discuss Brexit before we throw in healthcare reform, travel bans, cancelled festivals, and Glastonbury.  More

Soundtracking the Resistance - Settling Scores in Song

The Politics of the Eurovision Song Contest

May 12, 2017

In 2012 the Nobel Peace Prize went to the European Union, a reward for bringing calm to a continent with a troublesome habit of engulfing the world in large-scale destruction, not always for reasons anyone fully understands. More

Soundtracking the Resistance - Alone Together

Discussing Mental Health Awareness Month and 13 Reasons Why With JR JR's Joshua Epstein

May 05, 2017

Politicking is thrust aside this week as Mental Health Awareness Month kicks off.  More

Soundtracking the Resistance - Taxing Problems

Music and Taxes: The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Primal Scream, Sharon Jones, The Knife, and More

Apr 21, 2017

This week we're going to build bridges, albeit of a temporary and highly specific kind. Because if there's one thing that unites people, it's the confusion, frustration, and panic brought on by the tax filing deadline.  More

Soundtracking the Resistance - Singing from the Barricades

Recapping Some Notable Anti-Donald Trump Songs Thus Far

Apr 14, 2017

If there's one thing we can say for President Trump, it's that he's been a boon for creativity. The mere thought of his residence in the White House sent a number of artists into spasms of rage, prompting a flurry of protest songs.  More

Soundtracking the Resistance - This Is Where We Begin

Our Weekly Music and Politics Column Begins

Apr 07, 2017

Welcome one and all to Soundtracking the Resistance, our brand new shiny politics column. It's  a bumpier world out there these days, and each week we'll be here to keep you clued in, and to demonstrate how music can guide you through.