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Music + X: Politics

From the earliest symphonies to operas made in the past decade, politics has been present in classical music — not only as a subject of composer’s interest, but as a force that shapes the music deemed worthy. Today, we consider two works of music: one by a Russian composer under the microscope of the 1920s Soviet Union, the other by an American composer given considerably more leeway to comment on American international politics of the 1970s.

Crisis of a generation: Why young Cuban immigrants are right about their homeland

To be frank, most Cuban policy is dictated by Cuban-Americans in Congress. After all, Cuba is now a politically non-influential country that gets disproportionate U.S. attention. As the older group fades out, the younger Cuban-American population should begin to dominate the political discussion about Cuba; this is the most direct path to the Cuban democracy we seek.

Beyda: Are we due for a miracle?

Sports can’t get back the lives that were lost in wars or natural disasters, but the most transcendent of sporting events can still give us something to feel good about. Truth be told, it’s hard to say where the next uplifting American sports moment will come from, or if it’s even in our near future. That’s the thing about miracles: You don’t see them coming.