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Footsteps at Night: 1930s California

Footsteps at Night: 1930s California

Jun 10 2011

Okay, forgive me first for pointing out Library Journal’s glowing review of Soul of a People. They call it a “touching, straightforward, and well-paced look”…

Amadou and Mariam: Storytellers for Change 3

Amadou and Mariam: Storytellers for Change 3

May 26 2011

The other week I had the great opportunity to speak with the Malian duo Amadou and Mariam as they headed to China…

Music Against Malaria: Storytellers for Change 2

Music Against Malaria: Storytellers for Change 2

Apr 25 2011

For World Malaria Day, here’s my conversation with Yacine Djibo, country director for Malaria No More, from my recent trip to Senegal.…

Storytellers as Change Agents in West Africa?

Storytellers as Change Agents in West Africa?

Mar 29 2011

In Bamako on Sunday, I got to a wedding event (they spread through the weekend) where the families gathered and griots sang…

Now for Something Completely Different

Now for Something Completely Different

Mar 21 2011

Now in West Africa for a month with an IRP reporting fellowship, and just getting my bearings in Mali’s capital with a…

Reporting on Civil War in the Mediterranean

Reporting on Civil War in the Mediterranean

Mar 07 2011

An amazing exhibit at the International Center for Photography in New York captures the images of three photojournalists as they peered through…

Patti Smith and Mari Sandoz, Kindred Spirits

Patti Smith and Mari Sandoz, Kindred Spirits

Jan 18 2011

In her wonderful memoir Just Kids, Patti Smith honors inspiration she gained from another writer during her formative time living in the…

WPA Guide Appreciators week continues

WPA Guide Appreciators week continues

Jan 11 2011

While we’re on the topic of people who value the WPA guides, here’s a post by El Prez about his battered copy…

Oklahoma lawyer and the WPA guide

Oklahoma lawyer and the WPA guide

Jan 08 2011

I’m curious about this blog, Oklahoma DUI Lawyer, and why a recent post features a 1986 reprint of the WPA guide to…

De Niro Art Goes Back to the WPA

De Niro Art Goes Back to the WPA

Jan 03 2011

Actor Robert De Niro’s parents were both artists with the WPA in New York in the 1930s when the arts program helped…