American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein (Documentary Politics)

Documentary Politics – American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein
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American Radical is the probing, definitive documentary about Jewish-American political scientist Norman Finkelstein…

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A devoted son of holocaust survivors, an ardent critic of Israel and US Middle East policy, Finkelstein has been steadfast at the center of many intractable controversies, including his denial of tenure at DePaul University.

Called a lunatic and self-hating Jew by some and an inspirational street-fighting revolutionary by others, Finkelstein is a deeply polarizing figure.

From Beirut to Kyoto, the filmmakers follow Finkelstein around the world as he attempts to negotiate a voice among both supporters and critics.
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Birth of an American Cargo Bike: an excerpt from the upcoming documentary, LESS CAR MORE GO

Please support the production of LESS CAR MORE GO: the crowdsourced cargo bike documentary, by backing our Kickstarter here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1887563980/less-car-more-go-the-cargo-bike-documentary

Have you noticed we are experiencing a cargo bike boom? Suddenly the car feels like a lame compromise at best! Ever wondered how this all started and where all those big, long bikes came from? Turns out it’s a fascinating story, soon to be featured in the crowdsourced documentary titled LESS CAR MORE GO.

This particular excerpt tells the history of the longtail and how its birth initiated the current cargo bike phenomenon. By interweaving this story with footage of riders, designers, advocates and pioneers– along with clips submitted by cargo bike lovers from all over the world, LESS CAR MORE GO will tell the big cargo bike story: from its humble beginnings through the year 2013, when sales are doubling annually and the cargo bike community is thriving!

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Presidential Elections in American History

Presidential Elections in American History

Clinton – One of The Most Successful Politicians in Modern American History

Bill Clinton -One of the best documentaries on Youtube
The biography of a president who rose from a broken childhood in Arkansas to become one of the most successful politicians in modern American history, and one of the most complex and conflicted characters to ever stride across the public stage.
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Jennifer López – tribute to Celia Cruz (Live at American Music Awards 2013)

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An informative and wide ranging interview from the drum and bass duo most fundamental to the development of Jamaican music. They recall the impact of Cuban music on their music, and list some of the many international recording stars they have played with over the years.

Created by Island Records founder Chris Blackwell (Bob Marley, U2, Grace Jones etc.)
The Palm Channel will present some of the highlights from our catalogue, an eclectic mix of original short films, interviews from our archives exploring the roots and branches of Jamaican music, and much more.
Palm Pictures has always pushed musical boundaries and encouraged unlikely collaborations. Since the late 90’s it has been a leader in the convergence of music and film, producing and distributing music documentaries, arthouse & foreign cinema, and music videos.

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American Folk Blues Festivals 1963-1966: The British Tours

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Opening: Sonny Boy Williamson: Keep It to Yourself
4:50 Muddy Waters: Mojo Workin’
8:36 Lonnie Johnson: Too Late to Cry
13:42 Big Joe Williams: Baby Please Don’t Go (playing his 9 string guitar)
16:55 Sonny Boy Williamson: Bye Bye Bird; Getting Out of Town
25:32 Lightnin’ Hopkins: Come Go Home with Me; Lightnins’ Blues
33:46 Sugar Pie DeSanto: Baby What You Want Me To Do; Rock Me Baby
39:47 Howlin’ Wolf: Smokestack Lightning; Don’t Laugh at Me
49:34 Big Joe Turner: Oh Well , Oh Well
59:53 Junior Wells – What I’d Say

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Hubert Sumlin playing with Sonny Boy, Sugar Pie and Howlin’ Wolf.

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Recorded live for TV broadcast throughout Britain, these historic performances have been unseen for nearly 40 years. Filmed with superb camera work and pristine sound, 14 complete performances and 4 bonus performances are included by Sonny Boy Williamson, Muddy Waters, Lonnie Johnson, Big Joe Williams, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Sugar Pie DeSanto, Howlin’ Wolf, Big Joe Turner, Junior Wells, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

Between 1963 and 1966 huge British tours were undertaken by the likes of Muddy Waters, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Howlin’ Wolf, and Junior Wells. This release in the American Folk-Blues Festivals gathers footage from these tours, providing an amazing document of a historic time.
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CUBA: An American Travels To Cuba PART 2 DOCUMENTARY

Cuba Cuba Cuba Cuba Cuba Cuba Cuba Cuba Cuba Cuba Cuba Cuba Cuba Cuba Cuba Cuba Cuba Cuba Cuba Cuba Cuba Cuba Cuba Cuba Cuba Cuba Cuba Cuba Cuba Cuba has long been a sought after destination for Americans as well as travelers from all over the world. Travel with vlogger Mike Melendy into the communist country of Cuba to get a rare cultural glimpse of such a culturally enriching island Through engaging, raw, and candid interviews, we hear from the people of Cuba themselves and get a better understanding of how dire daily living is for many of them. Watch now and find out exactly what life is like inside this elusive country.

Electric Daisy Carnival Founder Pasquale Rotella | American Success Story

The Lowdown’s Diana Madison gives an inside look into the inspiring life of the Founder/CEO of Insomniac Events, Pasquale Rotella. He might be known as the man who created Electric Daisy Carnival, but what you might not know is how he started, and where he is going. 

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American History – Part 138 – McKinley – Hawaii Conquered – Samoa Conquered – Cuba

Welcome to the MAKING OF A NATION– American history in VOA Special English.
During the second half of the 19th century, the United States was not concerned much with events in other countries. It was too busy dealing with events inside its own borders. At that time, the nation was recovering from the Civil War. It was expanding to the West. And it was developing industries.
For this reason, the United States entered into several agreements with foreign lands during the late 1800s.
In 1878, for example, the United States signed a treaty with Samoa. The United States agreed to help the South Pacific islands settle any differences with other nations. A few years later, the treaty was put to a test.
A group of Germans living in Samoa forced the islands’ ruler from power. They replaced him with a ruler who was more friendly to Germany.
For a time, it seemed the United States and Germany would go to war. But when American warships arrived in Samoa, so did a big storm. The storm smashed both American and German ships. Neither side was left with a force strong enough to fight.
In 1898, the United States, Germany, and Britain agreed that Samoa should be an independent kingdom. For 10 years, local leaders attempted to establish a strong government. Their efforts failed. In 1899, Germany took control of Samoa’s large western islands. The United States took control of the smaller islands to the east.
Events in another group of Pacific Ocean islands affected American foreign policy in the late 1800s. These were the Hawaiian islands.
Hawaii was an important port for American trade ships sailing between the United States and China. Good relations between Hawaii and the United States were necessary to keep the port open to American ships.
In 1891, Liliuokalani became queen of Hawaii. She was not friendly to the United States. A group of American businessmen and planters in Hawaii plotted to oust her.
The group started an uprising. Then it called on the United States for protection. Queen Liliuokalani was forced to surrender. The businessmen and planters formed a new government. They wanted Hawaii to be part of the United States. By the end of the century, Congress had made Hawaii an American territory.
In 1895, Cuban rebels revolted against the colonial government. They tried to destroy the economy of the island by burning private property.
Spain sent a large force to Cuba to crush the revolt. Thousands of persons were arrested and put into prison camps. Many died of hunger and disease. Spain was denounced for its cruelty.
Publisher William Randolph Hearst sent artist Frederic Remington to Cuba to paint pictures of the fighting. Remington spent several months in Havana. He saw no fighting. He sent Hearst a message. Things were quiet, Remington said. There would be no war. Hearst sent back this message, “You supply the pictures. I’ll supply the war.”
The newspaper built up strong public feeling against Spain. Soon, many Americans were calling for war to free Cuba from Spanish rule.
William McKinley was president. He did not want the United States to become involved. He did, however, offer to help Spain find a solution that would return peace to the island. Spain refused the offer. It attempted to improve the situation in Cuba by itself.
Spain called home the military commander accused of cruelty. It stopped putting people in prison camps. It offered equal political rights to all Cubans. And it promised them self-rule in the future.
President McKinley welcomed Spain’s policy statements. He felt Spain should be left alone to honor its promises to the Cuban people. He said the United States would not interfere. At about that time, however, riots broke out in Havana. President McKinley said it was his responsibility to protect the lives and property of Americans living there. So, he sent the battleship “Maine” to Havana.
During the early weeks of 1898, President McKinley waited for Spain to act on its promises to Cuba. He saw little progress. Relations between the United States and Spain became tense. Then, on the night of February 15th, a powerful explosion shook the battleship Maine in Havana harbor. The ship sank. More than 250 American sailors were dead.
No one knew what caused the explosion on the battleship Maine. The United States said it was an underwater bomb. Spain said it was something on the ship itself.
There was some evidence the explosion was caused by an accident in the ship’s fuel tanks. Yet some people in the United States blamed Spain anyway. They demanded war. They “Remember the Maine!”
That will be our story next week
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