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Latest IMAX Film Studies History of American Music

For more than 40 years, Greg MacGillivray has taken his oversize IMAX cameras to the top of Everest, into the eye of a hurricane and out in deepest space. With his latest IMAX feature America’s Musical Journey, though, he focuses on something more abstract: the sounds of one of the country’s greatest cultural exports. Led by the recording artist Aloe Blacc, the film explores the roots of America’s music, from the jazz of New Orleans, to the twang of Nashville, the gospel, blues and rock ’n’ roll of Memphis, and…

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News: American Express Global Business Travel to acquire Hogg Robinson Group

American Express Global Business Travel has today announced it will acquire Hogg Robinson Group, a global business-to-business services company specialising in travel management. The deal is a board-recommended all-cash acquisition of the entire issued, and to be issued, ordinary share capital. The acquisition is conditioned on receipt of antitrust and other regulatory approvals and is expected to close in the second quarter of 2018. The acquisition is expected to accelerate growth by utilising complementary footprints and solutions to provide additional benefits to clients, while also delivering synergies through cost savings…

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Trump to hail 'new American moment'

A bullish US President Donald Trump will proclaim a “new American moment” as he delivers his maiden State of the Union speech on Tuesday night. In a primetime address to Congress, he will tell lawmakers: “There has never been a better time to start living the American dream.” The Republican leader will say he is “extending an open hand” to Democrats to set aside political division. The American economy is booming but Mr Trump’s approval rating is languishing. All the reaction to Trump’s speech In an upbeat message a world…

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Smithsonian Leader Who Helped Launch the American Indian Museum Dies at 91

Robert McCormick Adams, who served as the ninth-number Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution from 1984 through 1994, died Saturday, January 27, in Chula Vista, California. He was 91. Passionate about his causes and compassionate toward his coworkers, Adams was a serious academic who eschewed the ivory tower in favor of bettering the lives of those around him in concrete, lasting ways. It was in 1956 that Adams received his PhD in anthropology from the University of Chicago; he went on to conduct extensive field work in Mexico and across the Middle…

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William Melvin Kelley: The Lost Giant of American Literature

There were arrows, so we followed them. This was one afternoon last summer; my partner and I had spent the day at our local public library, working steadily through breakfast and lunch and what the British would call teatime, until suddenly hunger clobbered us both and we packed up and headed out to the car. You’ve read your last complimentary article this month. To read the full article, SUBSCRIBE NOW If you’re already a subscriber please sign in or link your subscription. Let’s block ads! (Why?) Culture: TV, Movies, Music,…

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Photos Document the Last Remaining Old-Growth Pine Forests of the American South

Before the early 20th century, longleaf pine forests were ubiquitous to the southern coastal plains, encompassing approximately 90 million acres of land. But years of deforestation by the logging and farming industries took its toll on the forested ecosystem, and today only 3 percent remains. Growing up in the pine belt of southern Mississippi, Chuck Hemard would explore the longleaf pine (Pinus palustris) forest adjacent to his neighborhood, but it wouldn’t be until 2010 that the photographer would embark on a seven-year project capturing what still exists of the forests…

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What the Batmobile Tells Us About the American Dream

Few figures of American pop culture have cast shadows as long as that of DC Comics’ Dark Knight. Every year, fresh material is added to the Caped Crusader corpus, ranging from the madcap comedy of Adam West’s classic TV show to the LEGO Batman franchise to the gritty drama of Christopher Nolan’s films and finally, to the critically lauded Batman: Arkham video game series. Whether he’s bantering with the Boy Wonder or breaking the bones of baddies, we can’t seem to get enough of this guy. There is something perennially…

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