March 21, 2014
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The Myth of the American Dream. Turn! Turn! Turn! Big Bang Gravitational Waves Discovered. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. The House Rent Boogie.
 
 

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The Myth of the American Dream
 
Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz explains how income inequality killed the "American Dream" and he puts to death the notion that everyone has the same opportunity to achieve it.
 
 

 

Turn! Turn! Turn!
 
Pete Seeger created this complex song simply by adding a title, concluding line and music to verses from the biblical Book of Ecclesiates. Here is the the Byrd's (most popular) version.  
 
 

 

Big Bang Gravitational Waves Discovered
 
Evidence that the universe rapidly expanded in its first few nanoseconds has been found by an instrument in Antarctica: Gravitational waves, which have long eluded astronomers, were spotted, supporting this cosmic inflation model. 
 
 

 

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
 
These two previews of John Oliver's upcoming (April 27) HBO program Last Week Tonight With John Oliver parody the GOP's recent ads intended to appeal to millenials.  
 
 

 

The House Rent Boogie
 
John Lee Hooker's House Rent Boogie dates to the late 1950s, but it speaks to today's housing crisis.
 
 
 
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