Politics and Art Collide to Form Super PAC

Super PACs are committees that raise unlimited amounts of money to endorse, or oppose a certain candidate, or advocate for a cause they believe in. This is done usually in the form of political ads. However, “For Freedoms” is a new type of super PAC and they’re doing things a little differently. They’re using art to engage in the political process in hopes of having people think critically of political topics and candidates.

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Featured Image of Andres Serrano’s “America: Donald Trump” 2004 at the Jack Shainman Gallery in NYC. Taken by Reynaldo Leanos Jr.

Old School Buses Become Rolling Pieces of Art in Guatemala

If you ever caught yourself wondering what happened to the old yellow school bus you rode in the 5th grade, rest assured, it’s living out its second (and best life) in Guatemala. According to a video by AJ+, some buses by school bus manufacturer Blue Bird are taken to Antigua, Guatemala, where they are given a metal facelift and a fresh coat of paint. It’s art on wheels. The fleet of thousands of refurbished buses then go on to serve rural areas of Guatemala.

Buzz: The Sound Artist Behind The Movies

Buzz Moran, host of KLRU’s Austin’s “What’s That, Buzz?” has made a career out of sounds both familiar and unrealistic. He does foley work for films as well as sound design for live shows. Latino USA host Maria Hinojosa talks to Buzz about the film scene in Austin and plays a game where she tries to guess the mystery sounds Buzz conjures using every day objects.




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Frida & Diego in Their Own Words

An exhibition at the High Museum in Atlanta portrays Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera in a new way. Along with their paintings, there are quotes from each artist about their tempestuous relationship and the tumultuous times they lived in.

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Rich Halten2Rich Halten has had a nearly life-long love affair with radio. It started when he was 13, hanging around a station in his Florida hometown. By 16 he was spinning records after school and weekends at the station. He went on to work in radio and TV through college and even during his Army hitch, serving at the American Forces Network in Europe. After a successful career in advertising, Rich returned to his radio roots. Following a stint as a producer at an Atlanta Sports/Talk station, he segued to public radio. In the past five years he’s produced short and long-form pieces that aired on NPR stations around the country, as well as Radio National Australia, and were featured on-line. He continues to be guided by the belief that the pictures ARE better on the radio.


A group of Nuyorican photographers from the South Bronx has a new photo exhibit on display. The group calls itself “Los Seis del Sur”…six from the South. They chronicled everyday life in their neighborhoods during the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, when crime, drugs and arson were ravaging the Bronx. The six were just young men at the time, but they created a photographic history that no outsiders could rival. Lily Jamali reports.

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Lily Jamali is a New York-based journalist who reports across the platforms of television, radio, and the web. Her work has taken her around the world to Europe, Asia, and Latin America and has been featured on NBC, CNN, PRI/BBC’s “The World”, and the CBC. Follow her on Twitter: @lilyjamali