Portfolio

Portfolio

[Note: some of these articles appear on the Internet without my byline, but they’re all my work. Enjoy perusing them! -Roger]

MUSIC AND CULTURAL HISTORY WRITING

1920: The Year Broadway Learned to Syncopate. The Syncopated Times, August 2020. [An audio companion to this article is available here (part 1) and here (part 2).]

Teddy Wilson: American Jazz Hero. The Syncopated Times, May 2019.

The Jazz Age Begins Not With Banging But With “Whispering.” NY1920.com, August 23, 2020.

You Can’t Keep a Good Girl Down: Sally Goes Up on Broadway. NY1920.com, December 21, 2020.

The Scandals Walk. NY1920.com, October 2, 2020.

In 1920 Mamie Smith’s “Crazy Blues” Paved the Way for Black Music. The Syncopated Times, March 2020.

Babatunde Olatunji. Contemporary Black Biography, Vol. 126, 2015.

PROFILES, ESSAYS, AND POLITICAL WRITING

In the Trenches for Truth: Looking Back on the Career of Ithaca College’s Jeff Cohen. Ithaca Times, April 19, 2018.

Where’s a World Order When You Need One? The Anchorage Press and Peace Voice, April 18, 2020.

Randy Forsberg and the Quest for Peace on Earth. The Progressive, September 21, 2018.

The 1.6-Party System: When the Two Parties Add Up to Less Than the Sum of Their Factions. Reader Supported News, July 16, 2020.

I Am Become Death. Common Dreams, October 24, 2010.

Doomsday Clock Keeps Winding Down. The Progressive and Tribune News Service, January 29, 2020.

Dorothy Cotton. Contemporary Black Biography, Vol. 152, 2019.

Edgar Daniel Nixon. Contemporary Black Biography, Vol. 100, 2012.

Promotional blog (excerpts) for the documentary film Paul Goodman Changed My Life, directed by Jonathan S. Lee, 2011.

See here for my opinion pieces published on commondreams.org.

EDUCATIONAL WRITING

Industrialization, Labor, and Life. National Geographic Resource Library, January 27, 2020.

Environmental Impacts of Agricultural Modifications. National Geographic Resource Library, May 11, 2020.

Nativism. Immigration and Migration: In Context. Cengage Gale, 2018.

President Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize. Historic Documents of 2009, CQ Press.

Jean Améry. Twentieth Century Literary Criticism, Vol. 342.

“Freya of the Seven Isles” by Joseph Conrad. Short Story Criticism, Vol. 219.

CRAZY WORDS, CRAZY TUNE & RADIO WORK

1945 Documentary Special, August 7, 2020. (Part Two here)

1920: Broadway Syncopates, December 11, 2020. (Part Two here)

Juneteenth Special, June 19, 2020. (Part Two here)

Colin Hancock and the Missing Link of Rag-a-Jazz, September 25, 2020. (Part Two here)

The Syncopators’ Thesis Defense. WRFI Community Radio News feature, May 1, 2019.

Time Machine: Recording Hot Jazz on Cylinder. WRFI Community Radio News feature, January 2, 2019.

WHEN HUMANISTS ATTACK!! VIDEO INTERVIEWS

HJ Evans: Escape From the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Published to YouTube March 19, 2021.

Citizen John Gastil: How Do We Democracy? Published to YouTube February 23, 2021.

Bill “Reverend Billy” Talen: Consume Everything Before It’s All Gone! Published to YouTube January 5, 2021.

Jeannette H. Porter: How Are You Doing? (But Don’t Actually Tell Me!): Mental Illness and How It Is Ignored in the USA. Published to YouTube December 4, 2020.

Lukas West: Transgenderism And You. Published to YouTube October 31, 2020.

Eric Kaplan: “Infinite Commitment to the Finite” and “Comedy as Super Asymmetry.” Published to YouTube October 15, 2020.