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Laurence Maslon
The Melody Man

A reflection on Jerome Kern, the man who created the American standard.

Swinging Cats

An ambitious effort to illuminate Old World influences on American popular culture falls short.

The Wizards of Oz

Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg. Music by Harold Arlen. Performance by Judy Garland. How the “Song of the Century” was born.

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Why We Can't Have Nice Things

An expert working on the project cautions the MTA may miss its next deadline.

Higher Ed Shake Up

New low-cost programs are carving out a critical space in the U.S. higher education system.


Hint: it isn’t pretty.

Blue Model Blues

Kicking the can down the road is turning into a hobby for PA lawmakers.

Xi who must be obeyed

The Chinese President’s new status as “core” leader will strengthen his hand, but rifts remain within the Party.

Deal or No Deal

The answer isn’t straightforward, and it’s likely to be decided by our next president.

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