Sixty years ago, Fred Flintstone hawked Winston cigarettes. Today, he pitches cereal. And both can kill. Stephanie Soechtig's rabble-rousing documentary Fed Up argues that it's time to attack Big Sugar just like we successfully demonized Big Tobacco. Narrated by Katie Couric, Fed Up is the first do ... More >>
The news that George McGovern, now ninety, is in hospice care stirred memories -- not just of his campaign for president, but of a night in Ovando, Montana. I was at Trixi's Antler Saloon when I started seeing familiar faces passing by: a man who looked like Dick Lamm, a woman who looked like Dottie ... More >>
Over the last four decades Gary Hart has been a major force in politics -- from "inventing" the Iowa caucuses while managing George McGovern's 1972 presidential campaign, to unintentionally creating the template for political sex scandals with the "monkey business" photo during his 1987 run for the ... More >>
"Hunter [Thompson] was always asking me and other people to read his work aloud," remembers Matt Moseley, friend and fellow freedom fighter with Thompson in the controversial Lisl Auman case. "He wrote his work to be read aloud. When he was working on a new piece he'd say, 'Read a couple of paragrap ... More >>
Catching up on my reading over the weekend, I found that the January 19 New Yorker has a terrific piece by Caleb Crain discussing the emergence of new, revisionist accounts of the Ludlow Massacre. "There Was Blood" delves into the bloody conflicts in the southern Colorado coalfields a century a ... More >>
Write your own punchline. Editor's note: To get you in the mood for ballot-casting, The Latest Word is kicking off each weekday between now and the November 4 election with Buttoned Up, a look at political buttons from my family's extensive collection... Frankly, I have no idea to what this butto ... More >>
Poor Gary Hart. The former senator, erstwhile presidential candidate and subject of two recent Westword Q&As (click here and here to check them out) got to walk the red carpet with -- woo-hoo! -- Arianna Huffington prior to an American Film Institute tribute to actor/director Warren Beatty, and he w ... More >>
Call hell-raiser Hunter S. Thompson's style what you will, a new doc succeeds when saluting his substance.
Launched in 2004, AM 760, the local Clear Channel branch's foray into progressive talk, has never earned especially robust ratings. But the company has stuck with the format far longer than many radio observers expected, and the station will be around for quite a while more if morning host Jay Marvi ... More >>
Letters from the week of 2/14/2008
Gary Hart on blogging, the media and his life's third act.
Congress and its members.
CRL knows how to buy friends and influence people.