How Opera, Fairy Tales, Trees, and Lullabies Led to Nazism

Midnight in Paris--a film that takes us back to Jazz Age Paris and the Lost Generation. And then the city in the Belle Epoque. It could just as well have been turn-of-the-century Vienna, 1950s New York, Victorian London, Hollywood in the silver screen era, or Silicon Valley in the 70s.  Today, I want to share …

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On the Radar: Soviet X-Ray Records

During the Cold War years, listening to "Western" music--especially those genres of "ill-repute" such as jazz and rock 'n roll--could get a person sent to the Gulag. So people got creative and made bootleg records of this music on old x-rays, called "bones" or "ribs." Because the quality was so poor, people called the experience …

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On the Radar: Louis Armstrong serenading his wife on the Giza Plateau, 1961

Want to know more about this iconic photo? Read up on how jazz greats spread American culture to countries across the world as part of a United States' Cold War ambassadorial mission at: OpenCulture Vintage Everyday Or, read a book about it: Satchmo Blows Up the World: Jazz Ambassadors Play the Cold War by Penny …

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