Tag: Jon Cummings

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: The Boston Tea Party

Whether or not Democrats manage to salvage health care legislation, losing Ted Kennedy's seat is just desserts for their substantive and...

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Books, Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: The Rapture of Ayn Rand, Part One

“We do not tell – we show.” So says the mentor of Atlas Shrugged‘s three key “strikers,” philosopher Hugh Akston … on...

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Music, Popdose Flashback '90

Popdose Flashback ’90: Julia Fordham, “Porcelain”

If you were watching music videos during the winter of 1990, you probably saw a lot of Taylor Dayne’s bustiers … watched Michael Bolton...

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Music, Popdose Interviews

Popdose Interview: Freedy Johnston

Singer/songwriter Freedy Johnston returns from an eight-year recording hiatus with a new album, Rain on the City, and a new outlook...

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Books, Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Ayn Rand’s Shangri-La of Self-Interest

I tried. I tried so hard. You’ve gotta believe me when I tell you how I tried and tried to finish Ayn Rand’s oversize chronicle of...

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Books, Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Ayn Rand’s Polemical Porn

Here’s the thing about reading Ayn Rand: She forces you to think the way she does. Once you’ve immersed yourself in her black-and-white...

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Books, Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Ayn Rand Takes a (Midas) Mulligan

When I was a senior in college, instead of prepping for a career as a Rand-ian Master of the Universe with high-level courses in economics...

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Books, Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: I’ve Been Ayn Randed!

A homework pass to the first commenter who can identify what inspired this column’s headline – without resorting to the Google (honor...

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Chart Attack!, Music

CHART ATTACK!: 12/2/89

Hello again, everybody, and welcome to the final CHART ATTACK! of 2009! In case you haven’t noticed, Popdose has been pretty much...

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Books, Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: A Liberal Reads Ayn Rand

Objectivism is back, baby! Don’t take my word for it – just check out this cover of the libertarian monthly Reason, which offers up a...

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Film, Popdose Lists

The Popdose 100: The Best Movies of the Decade

As the decade draws to a close, the Popdose staff looks back at its favorite films of the last 10 years....

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Chart Attack!, Music

CHART ATTACK!: 11/20/76

A duck, a muskrat, and Rod Stewart in a bowtie -- the only thing that could save this Billboard Top 10 is a four-minute talkbox solo. It's...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Of Afghanistan, and a Girl From Nantucket

It was such a simpler time, that summer of 2001. Remember it? That last season of America’s (cyclical) innocence shimmers in the memory,...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: The Healthcare Bill Stinks. Could You Please Pass It Already?

Ever since Al Franken parked his rear end in the Democrats’ 60th U.S. Senate seat, the conventional wisdom has held that no matter how...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Still Two Americas

We may not have John Edwards to kick around anymore – though that hasn’t stopped us from putting the occasional boot into his backside,...

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Jesus of Cool, Music

Jesus of Cool: We Wuz Robbed! Great #2 Hits of the ’00s

My apologies to anyone who’s been waiting with bated breath for me to wrap up this series – is there any such person out...

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Disturbing Discs, Jesus of Cool, Music

The Most Disturbing Halloween EVER!: The Horrible Clanging of “Tubular Bells”

Popdose's celebration of spooky, creepy, and otherwise unsettling music continues with Jon Cummings' goosebumped reminiscences of Mike...

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Lost in the '80s, Music

Lost in the ’80s: Thrashing Doves, “Beautiful Imbalance”

John C. Hughes might have flown off to the corporate great beyond, but thanks to Jon Cummings, Lost in the '80s is back with a look at...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Are You Ready For Some (Wingnut) Football?

Now here’s a fast-moving story: Just a week ago, word leaked that Rush Limbaugh was part of an ownership group hoping to bid on the...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Seeing the Best (and Worst) in One Another

Can liberals and conservatives still see the best in one another, or is intelligent political discourse a thing of the past? Jon Cummings...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Michael Moore’s “Capitalism,” a Don’t-Like-It-Very-Much Story

Michael Moore has a new movie out, and you might assume that a proud liberal like Jon Cummings might be filled with rapturous praise for...

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Book Reviews, Books

Book Review: Nick Hornby’s “Juliet, Naked”

Nick Hornby has a new book out, and Jon Cummings is here to tell us how it holds up against the author's previous bestsellers....

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Music, Popdose Interviews

The Popdose Interview: Neil Finn

The Crowded House frontman talks about the new 7 Worlds Collide project, and answers reader questions about his long career....

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Music, Popdose Flashback '89

Popdose Flashback: Indigo Girls, “Indigo Girls”

Hey, guys, remember that girl in college? The one whose intellect was sometimes intimidating, but sometimes eye-roll-inducing, depending on...

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Music, Popdose Interviews

Calling All Questions: Neil Finn

Jon Cummings is gearing up to interview Neil Finn, but instead of hogging the questions all to himself, he wants to know what you...

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Music, Popdose Interviews

The Popdose Interview: Janis Ian

With the newly Sony-minted Essential Janis Ian collection on the shelves and a truly impressive body of work behind her, Janis Ian...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Gimme Some Truth

The words were spoken in London, casually, almost flippantly, and were directed at an audience that was sure to treat them in the spirit...

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Jesus of Cool, Music

Jesus of Cool: Popdose Picks the Beatles’ Best

It's Beatles Week here at Popdose, and Jon Cummings kicks things off by leading the staff through a list of our personal Fab Four...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Ted Kennedy and Me

Was Ted the best and bravest of the Kennedys? In his latest Political Culture, Jon Cummings looks back at the Lion's life and times....

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Books, Jesus of Cool, Music

Jesus of Cool: DJ Pete Fornatale Takes Woodstock Nostalgists “Back to the Garden”

If you’ve visited your local Barnes & Noble or Borders lately, you may have noticed that Woodstock-related books have taken over...