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Freedom can be taxing

As the landscape of listenable music gets bigger and bigger, the simple question — what to listen to? — becomes harder every day.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  February 01, 2013
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Police drones redefine civil liberty

The War on Terrorism — or whatever name it goes by today — has not been kind to the freedom in whose name it dispenses death.
Privacy's new threat
By EDITORIAL  |  August 10, 2012
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The 15th Annual Muzzle Awards

Liberal dreams that Barack Obama would somehow usher in a progressive paradise were always misplaced.
Our annual look at the dishonorable enemies of free speech and personal liberty in New England
By DAN KENNEDY  |  July 13, 2012
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Review: For Greater Glory

Bring coffee, because director Dean Wright's dramatization of the 3-year-long Cristero War (1926-9) seems to last longer than the Mexican conflict itself.
Never-ending war
By BRETT MICHEL  |  June 01, 2012
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Review: Circumstance

Circumstance begins like an early Kiarostami film, but with schoolgirls in hijabs instead of schoolboys in sweaters.
Schoolgirls in hijabs
By ANN LEWINSON  |  September 09, 2011
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Review: Apollo 18

Officially, the final lunar manned launch was Apollo 17 in 1972. But what if there was another, secret one, and footage from it was "found" somewhere?
López-Gallego's inert thriller
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 09, 2011


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For Memphis Three, a bitter guilty plea

On Friday — after inspiring songs, award-winning documentaries, and celebrity-led protests — the West Memphis Three were suddenly freed from state custody, but only after all three pleaded guilty to the murders as part of the deal that secured their free
Prosecutorial discretion
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  August 26, 2011
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Beyond espionage: Four ways the United States can still prosecute WikiLeaks's Julian Assange

Not long after WikiLeaks entered the international lexicon, the question became not whether the United States government would prosecute founder Julian Assange, but how .
Freedom Watch
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE AND KYLE SMEALLIE  |  January 07, 2011

Liveblogging Franzen on Oprah


Today, December 6th, 2010: Jonathan Franzen appears on Oprah. And I'm liveblogging it. 3:59 pm: The teaser has a hug! Oprah says they've never met...
By Eugenia Williamson  |  December 06, 2010
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Critics' choice?

This month, Jonathan Franzen became the first living American novelist in 10 years to make the cover of Time . His Freedom — out this Tuesday, and his first novel since 2001's National Book Award–winning best seller, The Corrections — has been anoin
Jonathan Franzen and the Great American Novel
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  August 27, 2010
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Tyme fer moore lernin’

Much sport has been made of the hilariously misspelled signs created and proudly displayed at rallies by barely literate Tea Partiers.
Tee-Partee Lohjik
By JEFF INGLIS  |  April 30, 2010


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Will Beacon Hill be bullied into enacting a politically correct law?

A case of high-school bullying in South Hadley ended in tragedy this past January when the alleged victim, a freshman girl, committed suicide. Now, ramped up by the outrage over the case, Massachusetts legislators are in danger of enacting a politically
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By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  April 09, 2010
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Review: Akon | Freedom

Back in April 2007, R&B singer and rapper Akon dry-humped a 15-year-old girl on stage, an incident that led to some overblown criticism in the conservative media.
Droppin', poppin', etc.
By DAVID BOFFA  |  December 15, 2008