| Oct 31, 2013
The planning is underway in Baltimore's $1 billion-plus, decade-long effort to bring public schools into the 21st century — in fact, there's a design expo at Morgan State University this weekend — which means we have entered a seminal period...
| Feb 13, 2013
When we hear the name Whitney Young, most Chicagoans probably think of the city's Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, rather than the man after whom it was named.
But filmmaker Bonnie Boswell, Young's niece, hopes her new documentary about the civil...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 4:30 PM
Former New York Times foreign correspondent Joel Brinkley is on sabbatical. His column will return to American Voices in June 2014. During his absence, John Kass has been added to American Voices.)
A new report commissioned by the French Socialist...
| Sep 8, 2011
| 7:51 AM
I can't resist.
The best way to describe the Arab emirate of Qatar's attempt to become a world sports mecca is a Yiddish word.
In the fullest sense -- brazen ambition and bold aspiration.
First the 2022 World Cup.
Then another Olympic...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 12:20 PM
It's been said that more has been written about Richard Wagner than anybody who's ever lived, except for Jesus Christ. Wagner no doubt would have been flattered by the comparison.
Despite the manifold glories of the German Romantic composer's music, his...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 4:02 PM
Big-foot conferences and the NCAA bank hundreds of millions annually in television revenue. Coaches, commissioners and athletic directors reside in Rocky Mountain-high tax brackets. Jerseys and video games jump from the shelves.
Meanwhile, the linchpins...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 1:30 AM
The Supreme Court will hear arguments this week about prayers in public life, this latest deliberation revolving around a case from Greece, N.Y., and the recitation of prayers during town board meetings. The board used to begin each of its meetings with a...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 3:27 PM
Do you say a little prayer (for the markets, maybe) before you get down to work?
Since 1999, the wonderfully named town of Greece, N.Y., has been doing that. At town council meetings, a volunteer chaplain — generally but not invariably Christian...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 9:14 AM
Record executives, radio stations and arts critics love making crisp distinctions among jazz, blues, gospel, soul and you-name-it.
But music doesn't necessarily break down that way, and few performers epitomize the stylistically borderless nature of...
| Oct 6, 2013
Just as I was thinking about getting a great, thick, juicy burger — but one without any condiments that mock the sacred Christian sacrament of Holy Communion — a truly weird thing happened:
A fried chicken sandwich came to mind.
| Nov 14, 2013
| 2:30 AM
I felt the music and the fire as the civil rights movement rose from its slumber.
"Repair . . . justice!" went the call and response last week, in the basement of an old Chicago church at the corner of Ashland and Washington. "Restore . . . life! Rebuild...