Tampa-based psychedelic, funk-fusion outfit Displace is beginning to make a lot of heads turn. Last week, the band confirmed an appearance at this year’s Suwannee Hulaween, arguably one of the best and most eclectic festivals in the country year after year. Now, they have announced a full list of dates for their 2017 national “Send It Tour.” The 17-date run will begin with two nights in Dunedin, FL this Friday. Then, the run will get going in earnest on 7/12 as the band begins a three-show, three-city run in Ohio before heading to Chicago for a pair of Phish pre-parties at Mom’s Place with Joe Marcinek. Next, the quartet will head to Colorado for a five-night jaunt (including a performance with Frogleg & Jaden Carlson in Denver and a String Cheese Incident after party in Boulder). Finally, Displace will hit the south for three shows in Texas and one in New Orleans with Eminence Ensemble, followed by a tour-closing performance in at Soulshine Farm Music Festival in Green Mountain, NC on August 11th, marking their fourth consecutive year at the event. The tour is being sponsored by Founder’s Brewing and Honest Tea.In addition to the tour announcement, the band has released pro-shot video footage of their performance of original tune “Friction” from their recent performance at Orange Blossom Jamboree Music Festival. featuring sit-ins by Christian Ryan (Leisure Chief / Holey Miss Moley), Sara Phillips (Green Sunshine) and Dan Jones (The Reality). Check out the video of the funky performance below via the band’s Facebook page:Finally, the band has also released official soundboard audio of their late May performance at Atlanta’s Aisle 5 supporting the Roosevelt Collier Trio. The 5/27/17 performance is free to stream or download via the Displace Bandcamp page. You can also listen to the show below:<a href=”http://displace.bandcamp.com/album/2017-5-27-aisle-atlanta-ga”>2017/5/27 Aisle – Atlanta, GA by Displace</a>For tickets to any of Displace’s upcoming “Send It Tour” shows, or a full list of upcoming dates, head to the band’s website or Facebook page.
RAQ is BAQ! The Burlington-native jam-rock quartet have announced that they will officially hit the road starting on October 31st for a five-night east coast Halloween Run supported by up-and-coming CT jammers Goose. The band, comprised of keyboardist Todd Stoops, bassist Jay Burwick, guitarist Chris Michetti, and recently-added drummer Scotty Zwang will kick off the run with an All Hallows Eve performance at Washington, D.C.’s Gypsy Sally’s before traveling to Harrisburg, PA, Stanhope, NJ, Albany, NY and, finally, Hartford, CT.RAQ has been touring as a four piece band for over a decade, though RAQ tour dates have been few and far between in recent years as the band members focused on a variety of other projects. Late last year, ahead of a rare three-night reunion run in the Northeast, the band announced the addition of Zwang on drums, a veteran of a variety of acts including Greenhouse Lounge, Sonic Spank, Dopapod. Since then, the band has played a handful of shows, but busy band member schedules have restricted the scope of the band’s touring.Their first reunion shows last year left little doubt that the band still delivers tremendously, prompting older fans wishing the band was still full time and the younger generation wondering what they have missed. RAQ is currently working on a new album (their first since 2006’s Ton These), and their 5-night Halloween jaunt matches their longest run in years, sparking excitement among fans for what many hope to be a renewed focus on the project from its ever-busy members.You can see the full list of RAQ’s Halloween Run shows below. You can purchase tickets to each of the shows, through the venue websites.RAQ 2017 Halloween Run Tour DatesOctober 31 Washington, DC – Gypsy Sally’sNovember 1 Stanhope, NJ – Stanhope HouseNovember 2 Harrisburg, PA – Appalachian Brewing Co.November 3 Albany, NY – The HollowNovember 4 Hartford, CT – Arch Street Tavern
Record Store Black Friday is back! Once again, the project has cultivated a huge list of exclusive releases for music lovers across the spectrum. Whether you like jams, classic rock, electronic music, hip-hop, pop, or anything in between, there will likely be an exclusive release that’s perfect for you and your musical tastes at your local vinyl shop on Friday, November 24th. The un-official vinyl “holiday”—now held two times a year due to its popularity—invites artists to curate unique or exclusive releases that are only sold in local independent record stores. The initiative has been met with wild success and huge dedication from vinyl lovers around the world and has coincided with a huge increase in vinyl record sales.Umphrey’s McGee to Debut 2 Songs On Vinyl Ahead Of New Album’s ReleaseRecord Store Black Friday’s list for this year features many amazing artists, with Ryan Adams, Gary Clark Jr., Gorillaz, Queen, Rush, The Notorious B.I.G. and more all releasing records on November 24th. The list is so big, we decided to cut it down to highlight some of our favorite picks. If you’re interested in perusing the entire list of releases, set for Record Store Black Friday, visit its website.Grateful Dead will release Grateful Dead Records Collection, which is a five-record set featuring re-printings of four classic albums: Wake Of The Flood; From The Mars Hotel; Blues For Allah; Steal Your Face (2 LPs).Paul McCartney will release two versions of a new song “Wonderful Christmastime,” on which he is backed by The Roots. There will be a red release featuring a B-side Norah Jones‘ take on “Peace,” and a green release featuring “Jesus Christ” by The Decembrists as the B-side.Iconic producer Danger Mouse has paired Outkast‘s Big Boi with his old friend Killer Mike and his hugely popular political hip-hop group Run The Jewels for Chase Me.Side Trips, Volume One will feature the jazz-fusion-influenced music of Grateful Dead shaman Jerry Garcia and keyboardist Howard Wales. As this is “Volume One”, it can be assumed that more editions will follow.Several classic albums will be re-released on vinyl specifically for Record Store Black Friday: Neil Young‘s Harvest Moon, Frank Zappa‘s Lumpy Gravy, Sublime‘s 40 Oz To Freedom, and Live At Luther College by Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds.Chuck Berry will release The London Chuck Berry Sessions.Umphrey’s McGee will release “The Silent Type”/”Looks”, both new, unreleased singles from their forthcoming new album it’s not us.Fans of J Dilla can expect not one, but two editions of J Dilla’s Delights.See below for a larger list of our picks from the larger Record Store Black Friday list of releases.RSD ExclusiveRyan Adams – PrisonerDan Auerbach/Sonny Smith/Robert Finley – Good Sound Comes Back Around Vol. 1Chuck Berry – The London Chuck Berry SessionsThe Byrds – You Movin’/BostonGary Clark Jr. – Come TogetherCold War Kids – Loz Feliz BlvdDanger Mouse feat. Run The Jewels & Big Boi – Chase MeDMC – Back From The Dead: The Legend LivesJerry Garcia & Howard Wales – Side Trips, Volume OneGorillaz – HumanzIsaac Hayes – The Spirit Of MemphisJanis Joplin – Greatest HitsPaul McCartney feat. The Roots (Red Vinyl) – “Wonderful Christmastime”/”Peace” (Norah Jones)Paul McCartney feat. The Roots (Green Vinyl) – “Wonderful Christmastime”/”Jesus Christ” (The Decembrists)Iggy Pop – New ValuesPreservation Hall Jazz Band – Run Stop & Drop!!Queen – We Are The Champions/We Will Rock YouNathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats – Baby It’s Cold OutsideSonny Rollins – Sonny Rollins on Impulse!Ravi Shankar – Portrait of GeniusSonny Clark Trio – My Conception: The 1960 Sessions with George Duvivier and Max RoachVarious Artists – High Times Presents: Smoke Signals Songs From The Mother PlantBernie Worrel – All The Woo In The WorldRecord Store Day First ReleaseThe Doors – Absolutely LiveFleet Foxes – The Electric Lady SessionGrateful Dead – Grateful Dead Records CollectionJ. Dilla – J Dilla’s Delights V. 1J. Dilla – J Dilla’s Delights V. 2Ziggy Marley – Love Is My ReligionDave Matthews & Tim Reynolds – Live At Luther CollegeThe Notorious B.I.G. – HypnotizeBernard Purdie – Cool DownOtis Redding – Live In Europe (50th Anniversary Edition)Rush – Closer To The HeartSnoop Dogg – Neva LeftSublime – 40 Oz To FreedomNeil Young – Harvest MoonFrank Zappa – Lumpy Gravy b/w Primordial RSD Limited Run / Regional Focus ReleaseThe Black Lips – This Sick BeatBlue Oyster Cult – Rarities Vol. 1 (1969 – 1976)Lou Reed & Kris Kristofferson – The Bottom Line Archive Series: In Their Own Words: With Vin ScelsaSun Ra – ExoticaUmphrey’s McGee – “The Silent Type”/”Looks”
We didn’t know that a video of a choir of senior citizens singing a dramatic rendition of Phish‘s sweeping Billy Breathes original “Free” was what we were missing, but now that we’ve seen it, its kind of hard to imagine life without it. Really–just try to watch this extra-seasoned group of singers bring some old school vim and vigor to the Phish favorite and not crack a smile (via Stand For Jam):That group of beautiful human beings is known as the “Young @ Heart Chorus,” a rotating group of senior citizen performers based in New England who tour the world with their pop music-centered variety shows. The video above comes from the Y@H and Friends performance at John M Greene Hall on the grounds of Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts in 2011.While it may be comprised of people your grandparents’ age, this group is totally hip to the mindset of the artists that they cover. As the group’s website explains, they do not have a strict songbook or arrangements. “We have an amazing band and we make it up as we go along. One of the best things is to see how songs change as we continue to sing them.”Several of the artists Y@H Chorus has covered have reached out to work with or recognize their work. “David Byrne invited us to join us at a forum on bicycles that he curated for the New Yorker Festival, we performed at the Town Hall and he joined us the next day at the Paris Bar” explains the Y@H website FAQ. “Jorma Kaukonen of Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna has been in touch and Sonic Youth put our version of “Schizophrenia” on their website.”Below, you can watch the trailer for the award-winning Walker George-made documentary about the group, Young @ Heart, which won tow Rose D’Or awards and the LA Film Festival Audience Award when it was originally released in 2006, and which screened at Sundance in 2008 followed by a brief national theatrical run (via Fox Searchlight):
Toots & The Maytals are the latest act to be added to the lineup for this year’s LOCKN’ Festival. True architects of reggae, the Jamaican music group–led by Toots Hibbert–is best known for their ska and rocksteady originals, like “54-46 Was My Number”, “Funky Kingston”, “Country Road”, and “Pressure Drop”. Originally formed in the early 1960s, Toots & The Maytals remain key figures in popularizing reggae music worldwide.Toots & The Maytals will join previously-announced artists Dead & Company (four sets over two days), Umphrey’s McGee (three sets over two days), Tedeschi Trucks Band (two sets over two days), Turkuaz, Lettuce (three sets over two days, including a tribute to Jerry Garcia Band), George Clinton & P-Funk, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, and The Suffers. As previously reported, LOCKN’ will be making new lineup additions every day until the complete bill is released on February 8th. You can check out the artist rollout, including set times, via LOCKN’s website.LOCKN’ returns to Infinity Downs Farm from August 23rd through 26th. Tickets for the festival will go on sale at noon EST on Friday, February 9th. For more information about LOCKN’ or for ticketing, head over to the event’s website here.
Fans can pre-order The Band’s 50th-anniversary edition of Music From Big Pink here ahead of its official release on August 31st. Music From Big Pink Anniversary Edition Track List2018 stereo mix (included in the box set and available individually)1. Tears Of Rage2. To Kingdom Come3. In A Station4. Caledonia Mission5. The Weight6. We Can Talk7. Long Black Veil8. Chest Fever9. Lonesome Suzie10. This Wheel’s On Fire11. I Shall Be ReleasedBonus Tracks:12. Yazoo Street Scandal (Outtake)13. Tears Of Rage (Alternate Take)14. Long Distance Operator (Outtake)15. Lonesome Suzie (Alternate Take)16. Key To The Highway (Outtake)17. I Shall Be Released (A Cappella)BLU-RAYTracklist above in new 5.1 surround mix + 96kHz/24bit high resolution stereo (exclusive to the box set)“The Weight” Reproduced 1968 7-inch single (exclusive to the box set)A. The WeightB. I Shall Be ReleasedView All Details This year, The Band celebrates the 50th anniversary of the group’s debut album, Music From Big Pink. Originally released in 1968, the landmark album saw the group debut their distinct blend of country, folk, rock, R&B, and soul. Music From Big Pink first got its release two years after the group backed Bob Dylan as The Hawks, though the famed singer-songwriter made himself present by painting the album’s now-iconic cover art.For The Band’s 50th-anniversary reissue of their debut album, the band has put together a special collection featuring a new stereo mix produced from the original four-track analog masters, alternate takes, outtakes, previously unreleased chatter from studio sessions, and more. Due out on August 31st, the reissue will be available as a Super Deluxe CD, Blu-ray (with a new 5.1 surround mix + 96kHz/24bit high-resolution stereo of the album and a reproduction of 1968’s 7″ single of “The Weight”), 2 LP, and 7-inch vinyl (pressed on 180-gram black or limited-edition 180-gram pink vinyl) box set with a hardcover book, which features exclusive photographs and a new essay from famed Rolling Stone journalist David Fricke.Perhaps most exciting, the special 50th-anniversary edition of Music From Big Pink will feature five alternate takes from the album’s original recording session, as well as a previously unreleased a capella version of The Band’s classic “I Shall Be Released”
Electron, the collaborative project comprised of Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner (The Disco Biscuits), Tom Hamilton (Ghost Light, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead), and Mike Greenfield (Lotus), has announced a pair of pop-up shows.The first of the two will take place on Friday, June 21st at Ardmore Music Hall in Ardmore. PA, just outside the band’s native Philadelphia, PA. The second show will take place the following night, Saturday, June 22nd, at XL Live in Harrisburg, PA. Tickets for both shows will go on sale Friday, April 12th at 10 a.m. local time.The announcement of the two shows notes that these will be Electron’s only two performances of 2019.It’s understandable that Electron will be taking it easy this year, as the band’s members stay busy with various other new projects. Tom Hamilton is in the midst of a lengthy tour with Ghost Light and has a number of dates on the books with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead throughout the year. Greenfield is currently on the road with Lotus in support of their latest release, Frames Per Second. Brownstein and Magner have a handful of dates on the books with The Disco Biscuits and J.E.D.I., while Brownie continues to make inroads with his newest project, Star Kitchen. You can catch the members of Electron playing with various bands all over New Orleans during this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.Jazz Fest 2019 After Dark: L4LM Top PicksOn Saturday, April 27th (technically early-morning 4/28), Tom Hamilton will hit Republic NOLA with Ghost Light for a late-night performance. For more information/tickets, head here.On Sunday, April 28th, Marc Brownstein and Star Kitchen will hit the stage at The Maison for a performance with special guests Eric Krasno, Aron Magner, Shira Elias, and Khris Royal. For more information/tickets, head here.Late-night on Friday, May 3rd (technically early-morning May 4th), J.E.D.I. will bring their improvised jazz electronic dance party to One Eyed Jacks with a lineup featuring Aaron Johnston, Marc Brownstein, Borahm Lee, Nate Edgar, DJ Logic, and special guests Michael Kang and Jason Hann of The String Cheese Incident.You can check out a list of Live For Live Music‘s various night shows during Jazz Fest below. For more information, or to grab your tickets today before they’re all gone, head here.
Lysergic Acid Diethylamide, more commonly known amongst the cool kids as “LSD,” has been the culprit of countless wild adventures since its psychedelic properties were accidentally discovered by Swiss chemist Albert Hofman in 1938. One of the more recent stories involving the hallucinogenic drug brings back memories of the San Francisco music scene of the 1960s, when musicians and adventurous minds alike would use LSD for liberation from the squares of normal society.According to a fascinating new report from San Francisco-based news outlet KPIX 5, one of their own Broadcast Operations Managers recently stumbled upon a vintage Buchla Model 100 synthesizer. While attempting to repair it, the technician unexpectedly ingested a dose of LSD from residue which had apparently remained on the digital instrument from many years ago.Related: Read Butch Trucks’ Acid-Fueled Story About When ABB & Grateful Dead Members Played NYE In 1973Last year, a technician manager named Eliot Curtis had volunteered to repair a vintage synth owned by Cal State East Bay. The instrument was initially brought into the university’s ownership by a pair of avant-garde musicians who taught in the school’s music department back in the 1960s. The synth eventually fell out of favor with the curriculum and was stored in a cool, dark closet where it was left for decades—allowing for the ideal conditions for keeping LSD’s potency intact over a long period of time.While attempting to repair the old piece of music equipment, Curtis discovered a crystalline-like residue stuck under one of the knobs and attempted to remove it using his fingers. It turns out that residue was leftover LSD from the bygone era, and within an hour Curtis had begun to feel the effects of the mind-altering substance. What began as tingling in his fingers eventually stuck around for nine hours as Curtis continued to feel how the drug was impacting his nervous system. Fun times, right?Hear the entire story in the video below.KPIX 5 – Synth Repair Leads To LSD Trip Report[Video: KPIX 5]Don Buchla, the inventor of the Buchla Model 100 and known user of LSD in the 1960s, happened to be friends with Grateful Dead sound tech and LSD supplier, Owsley “The Bear” Stanley. It hasn’t been confirmed whether the LSD that got into Curtis bloodstream by way of skin contact came from the same legendary supply cooked up by Stanley, but it certainly makes for a fun possibility to think about during your next trip.At the very least, the report should bring an optimistic smile to the faces of Deadheads to know that some of the high-quality, pure LSD which circulated around the San Francisco area back then, is still around and active in some hidden parts of the world in 2019.[H/T KPIX 5]
Some physicists spend their lives obsessed with questions about the possibility of parallel universes, or of travel at the speed of light. Amy Rowat is obsessed with the mechanical properties of the tiny cell nucleus, and how changes in its shape affect the cell’s physiological function. She also is applying her training as a soft-matter physicist to the question of how to make the perfect pie crust.Rowat is a postdoctoral fellow in Harvard’s Department of Physics and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), and her principal research uses microfluidic tools, in which liquids are forced through channels much smaller than a human hair, to look at single cells, particularly the cells’ nuclei. She is using these tools to explore the largely neglected mechanical aspects of cell biology.But food, in all its forms, also peaks her scientific interest. What at a molecular level, she wonders, makes a truly flaky pie crust flaky?Few people see the world, or cooking, the way Rowat does. “Food is essentially cells and nuclei,” she says. But over the past four years as a postdoc at Harvard, Rowat has been using the principles of physics to advance our basic understanding of how the structure of a cell affects its function – and at the same time she’s been using the physics of food and cooking to get people excited about science. (Rowat, in fact, is one of the developers of a new Gen Ed course that will teach soft-matter physics with, among other things, cooking demonstrations by world-renowned chefs. During the 2010-11 academic year she will be one of the people leading the course.)______________________________________________________There are about 2,000 postdoctoral fellows in the labs at Harvard Medical School, the School of Public Health, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and there are thousands of others in the laboratories of Harvard’s affiliated hospitals. This is the first in a series of articles about a few of those young postdocs on the verge of launching their independent careers.______________________________________________________Rowat’s path to a Harvard physics lab began in Guelph, Ontario, where as a child she was fascinated with biology. “I never had chemistry kits or my own microscope, but I really loved to build things and I was really curious about nature and the world around me,” Rowat says.When Rowat began her undergraduate education at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, she was drawn to questions in biophysics, the study of biological molecules and the larger structures they assemble into, even before she knew what biophysics was. She had planned to major in biology until a physics class changed her mind. “My [physics] professor was fantastic and developed this course and style of teaching where all the students were engaged doing experiments and solving problems, and I thought that was challenging and exciting,” she recalls.Working in a research lab during her summers also had a huge impact on her, she says. “Unless I had the opportunity to work in a science lab as an undergraduate, I would have assumed from science classes that science was not a very creative subject,” she says. But during one impactful summer in the research lab, Rowat created and studied thin layers of polymer films. “I developed a fascination with membranes,” Rowat says. She went on to earn an undergraduate degree in physics – with minors in French, Asian studies, and mathematics.Her graduate work, conducted in the laboratory of Ole Mouritsen, at the Technical University of Denmark and University of Southern Denmark, took her into the world of human biology. She worked on biomembrane physics, conducting experiments in which she deformed the nucleus and nuclear envelope of live cells. This research helped reveal the mechanical properties of the nuclear envelope, and also inspired Rowat to think more about what was going on inside of the nucleus, within the context of the whole cell.“I decided that the nuclear envelope and nuclear membranes would be a great [doctoral] topic because there’s very little that’s understood about the physical properties of the interface between the cytoplasm of a cell and the cell nucleus, which is where the important, essential-to-life processes happen,” says Rowat. After completing her Ph.D. at the University of Southern Denmark, Rowat joined David Weitz’s lab in Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Department of Physics because she was interested in working on problems regarding cell mechanics and in developing new microfluidic technologies. She currently uses microfluidic tools for single-cell studies, and recently developed a microfluidic tool to trap single yeast cells, which are widely used in biology as a model system.Thus far, Harvard’s Office of Technology Development has filed three patent applications on behalf of Rowat and co-inventors for microfluidic-related work.In 2007 Rowat proposed a new topic for the Harvard Holiday Lecture Series: pizza.“I said, ‘Have you ever done a topic on food? I think that would be really popular because everyone loves food,’” she remembers. The lecture title was “The Science of Pizza,” and the talk was a hit. In 2008, Rowat and her colleagues collaborated with a local chocolate company that provided taste samples for that year’s lecture. “Each person was doing their own science experiment using their senses. We tried to get across what it’s like to be a scientist and what a scientist does,” she says. “You make observations, you come up with creative ideas to solve problems or interpret your results.”For Rowat, learning the answers to basic questions about the physics of food and cooking have helped her to understand more about the underlying science she’s researching, and she feels strongly about spreading the word to others that science is an exciting, creative, and dynamic field. “I think that when there’s scientific illiteracy, that can lead to many social problems,” says Rowat.The postdoc has also used food for topics in the weekly Squishy Physics Lectures, a series of informal research presentations devoted to soft-matter physics. “It really is a good community-building event, where people from different labs come together and interact,” says Rowat. Lecturers and listeners of the squishy physics series come from many area universities and even other countries, some are from as close as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and others from as far away as Germany, Israel, and Korea. “I think that’s really important in a university, to have these intellectually stimulating discussions and conversations,” says Rowat.One of the most memorable lectures for her was a seminar during Oktoberfest. “I invited a brewer and a yeast biologist,” says Rowat. She developed the idea during a time when her research was working with yeast and engineering devices to study yeast lineages.Considering her postdoc period, Rowat says that Harvard “has been a fantastic place. It’s been a great place to be able to discuss my research with really great colleagues, both within my group and the Harvard community,” she says. Her main philosophy, to take risks and pursue creative passions and ideas, has led Rowat not only to cutting-edge research in soft physics, but also to enjoy running, yoga, and of course cooking meals for friends in her limited spare time. “Sometimes I’ll be cooking with more of an artistic perspective,” she says. “There are other times I’m thinking much more about what’s going on at the molecular level and how I could make a flakier pie crust.” Her most recent creation was a gooseberry pie.So is she ultimately more passionate about the soft-matter physics that underlie that flakier pie crust, or the joy of cooking? Rowat won’t say. But if she could have lunch with either Michael Faraday, the 19th century chemist and physicist whose photograph Albert Einstein kept in his study, or Julia Child, she replies:“I’ve heard Julia Child is quite a character.”
Don’t recharge your iPhone or BlackBerry next to your bed. Keep a little soulful distance with those ever-beckoning electronic devices.That was the most important piece of advice that new-media magnate Arianna Huffington offered a morning crowd at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Tuesday (Sept. 14).“We are hyperconnected, and we are paying the price,” said Huffington, who admitted to charging electronic devices as far away from where she sleeps as possible to avoid the temptation to check them throughout the night.The words seemed strange coming from a woman who caters to online audiences driven by a primal need for up-to-the-minute information. But when asked what the future’s next great platform would be, the founder of the popular website The Huffington Post, which boasts 45 million unique visitors a month, answered, “disconnecting.”“Disconnecting in order to reconnect with ourselves is going to be a bigger and bigger trend,” she said, quickly adding, “But don’t forget to check out The Huffington Post.”The author and syndicated columnist was at Harvard to discuss her work and her new book, “Third World America: How Our Politicians Are Abandoning the Middle Class and Betraying the American Dream.” The discussion was sponsored by the Kennedy School’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy.Launched in 2005, The Huffington Post is a news website and collective blog featuring commentary and postings, as well as news from a variety of media outlets. Huffington said she founded the site with the aim of earning readers’ trust, developing a place for civil discourse, and offering news 24/7.“My dream from the beginning was to combine the best of the old — traditional journalism, fact checking, aggressive fairness,” she said, “with the best of the new — immediacy, transparency, and engagement.”In discussing “Third World America,” Tom Patterson, moderator and Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press, asked Huffington about her suggestions for “revitalizing America’s middle class.”Community involvement and responsible media coverage are two critical parts of the way forward, responded the author.“We as individuals and as members of our communities need to be engaged in the solutions,” she said, adding, “It’s the only ultimate solution to the major crisis we are going through.”Huffington said that the crisis, including dismal unemployment rates, a rise in poverty, and a drop in the nation’s GDP, is much worse than the Obama administration has acknowledged, noting that she picked the title of her book in an effort to “sound the alarm.”The media also have a role to play in putting a human face to the problems plaguing the nation, said Huffington.“The media have really failed us in terms of telling stories to capture the public imagination beyond the numbers.”But while disconnecting may be the wave of the future, online communities power Huffington’s road map to significant social change.“The Internet and social media are exploding” with ideas and ways to make change, she said, referencing websites like donorschoose.org, which allows people to donate directly to public school projects.“People all around can immediately take action,” said Huffington, adding that if the media can put the spotlight on what is being done there’s the opportunity to “really make a big difference.”