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  • Rostenkowski on Politics 101

    Rostenkowski on Politics 101

    “The game is compromise. That’s politics.” -Dan Rostenkowski This month The Atlantic published an article titled “How American Politics Went Insane,” diagnosing the cause of the pervasive political disintegration in Washington, D.C. as “chaos syndrome.” Joining the choir of complaints about the chaos undermining American politics, the author, Jonathan Rauch, offers a new tune: “Our most pressing political problem today is that the country abandoned the establishment, not the other way around.” Rauch contends that in the course of reforming … Continue reading

  • [1996 Democratic National Convention]

    00:00 Vietnam veterans speak at a ceremony held at Veterans Memorial Park along the Chicago Riverwalk, commemorating combat deaths and POWs from August 26-28, 1968. Their speeches center around the idea that these deaths have been overshadowed by the protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention, and draw attention to the persistent problems of PTSD and homelessness among Vietnam veterans. 11:25 Girls in traditional Vietnamese dresses place white flowers in the Vietnam Veterans Reflection Pool while the names of fallen … Continue reading

  • [The 90’s raw: Venice Beach #1]

    [The 90’s raw: Venice Beach #1]

    Raw footage for the award-winning series The 90’s. The tape begins with an interview about a CD-ROM produced in conjunction with Time Magazine that chronicles Operation Desert Storm. Then, Maxi Cohen tours California’s Venice Beach, showing us some of its usual characters. Included are: a man with a Safe Sex plant (with condoms for leaves); a “peace scroll,” a giant petition urging the United Nations to make peace in the Persian Gulf; a hip-hop dance group; and Echo Man, a man who has the ability to make his unaided voice sound as if it is echoing. Continue reading