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  • A dean of Japanese music talks boundaries, John Cage and life with Yoko Ono

    A dean of Japanese music talks boundaries, John Cage and life with Yoko Ono
    When composer Toshi Ichiyanagi arrived at my hotel near Suntory Hall for tea, he apologized for bringing a bag of his recent CDs, since it would add weight to my luggage. He laughed when he said that in halting English. He then smiled contentedly, knowing...
  • The entire world is addicted to debt

    The entire world is addicted to debt
    Some people worry that civilization will end in a global-warming cauldron. Others in nuclear annihilation. Or too many people overwhelming the planet. Me? Assuming that Russia's deranged autocrat, Vladimir Putin, doesn't unleash his nuclear arsenal, I...
  • Filmmaker Rory Kennedy Explains How She Captured The 'Last Days In Vietnam'

    Filmmaker Rory Kennedy Explains How She Captured The 'Last Days In Vietnam'
    This week marks the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon and the end of the Vietnam War. CPTV is marking the date by airing a special lineup of timely programs, including "Last Days in Vietnam: American Experience," the Academy Award-nominated...
  • Drone collateral deaths are major strikes against morality

    Drone strikes, by their nature, are bound to kill innocent civilians. It is all too easy to ignore this ugly fact — and the dubious morality of the whole enterprise — until the unfortunate victims happen to be Westerners. Only then does...
  • Absurd, this fuss over Three Stooges-like 'The Interview'

    Absurd, this fuss over Three Stooges-like 'The Interview'
    We live in a time when even frivolous pop-culture touchstones are blown out of proportion, from Grumpy Cat’s pout to Kim Kardashian's booty. But not in a million years did I imagine the R-rated lunacy of “The Interview” would become...
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. will honor legacy of local fallen soldier in NASCAR race

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. will honor legacy of local fallen soldier in NASCAR race
    CONCORD, N.C. — We all have choices to make on Memorial Day weekend. Burgers or hot dogs on the grill? SPF 15 or SPF 30? Sleep in or yard work? Staff Sgt. Robert J. Miller had choices in his life, too. Turn back, and live. Or stay, knowing that he...
  • Chicago company employs only veterans, shows how work is a mission

    Chicago company employs only veterans, shows how work is a mission
    Mark Doyle saw a problem that made him mad. Veterans who had served in Iraq and Afghanistan were returning home and not finding jobs. Some were homeless, some just barely making ends meet. Doyle, a Chicago businessman who has worked for President Bill...
  • L.A. Phil's YOLA players are goodwill ambassadors near Fukushima

    L.A. Phil's YOLA players are goodwill ambassadors near Fukushima
    A sleek bullet train pulled into a city in northern Japan recently with 15 Los Angeles teenagers aboard. They looked like typical school kids everywhere, in the uniform of T-shirts, hoodies, jeans and sneakers. The city likewise appeared unremarkable,...
  • Cherry blossoms decorate Orchestra Day in Japan

     Cherry blossoms decorate Orchestra Day in Japan
    Tuesday here felt like ground zero for spring. The weather was lovely. Schools were on spring break. Families were everywhere viewing cherry blossoms. The city was white with petals. In Bunkyo, a northern district of Tokyo, the attractions were many....
  • California Sen. Janet Nguyen's story may have you waving U.S. flag

    California Sen. Janet Nguyen's story may have you waving U.S. flag
    Every time she looks up at California's Capitol dome and walks into the grand old building, says freshman state Sen. Janet Nguyen, "I think to myself, 'Wow!' "I'm one of 40 state senators in California. Never in my entire life did I think I would become...
  • Afghan gratitude and American folly

    Afghan gratitude and American folly
    If you're looking for gratitude from the Afghans, President Ashraf Ghani is your man. When he appeared before Congress on Wednesday, he expressed thanks to American troops, their families, Congress, President Barack Obama and "ordinary Americans whose...