Business, Politics, Culture

Short Stories on the History & Power
of Popular Culture

— Stories by Jack Doyle —

Publishing & Politics

“Nader’s Raiders”


Ralph Nader’s student
“study groups” turned
Washington inside-out.

Book, Film, Music



The James Bond film
that really sent the
franchise soaring.

Topics Page: 10 Stories

“Beatles History”


Beatles’ biographies,
song histories, travels
in America, and more.

Politics & Celebrity

“Barack & Bruce”


Bruce Springsteen & other
celebrities helped President Obama win re-election.

Road to the White House

“JFK’s 1960 Campaign”

Primaries & Fall Election

The historic campaign,
with city-by-city itinerary
— and lots of photos.

Civil Rights History

“Buses Are A’ Comin’”

Freedom Riders: 1961

In 1961, extraordinary
courage stepped up
to racial bigotry.

Annals of Music

“Early Beach Boys”


The five guys who
created “Sunshine Pop”
and a lot more.

Annals of Music

“Early Beach Boys”

Pt. 2: Six Songs

Gorgeous harmonies &
imaginative composition
sampled here with history.

Media & The Web

“Google & Gaga”


Google’s Lady Gaga TV ad
illustrates larger media
reach & powers to come.

Advertising & Culture

“The iPod Silhouettes”


Apple’s iPod ads spread
cultural imagery globally
& boosted bottom line.

Topics Page: 10 Stories

“Environmental History”


Stories on oil spills,
pesticides, river pollution,
strip mining & more…

Annals of Music

“Joni’s Music”


Joni Mitchell’s
amazing career.

1960s Counterculture

“Legend of A Mind”

Timothy Leary & LSD

Clare Boothe Luce, the CIA
and the Moody Blues are
also part of this story.

Baseball Legends

“The Mazeroski Moment”

1960 World Series

In a dramatic Game 7,
the Pittsburgh Pirates
beat the NY Yankees.

TV, Culture & Business

“CBS Loved Lucy”


Over 3 decades, Lucille
Ball kept CBS-TV on top
and in the money.

TV & Publishing

“Lucy & TV Guide”


“I Love Lucy” enriched
Walter Annenberg as they
popularized TV culture.

Publishing & Wall Street

“Flash Boy Lewis”


A Michael Lewis book on
high-frequency computer
trading rattles Wall Street.

Annals of Music

“The Saddest Song”


Samuel Barber’s “Adagio
for Strings” has a powerful
and moving sadness.

Beach Boys History

“Love & Mercy”

Brian Wilson Film

New film on famous
Beach Boy captures
his genius & his demons.

Rocky Film Music

“Philadelphia Morning”


Underrated & poignant
songs in “Rocky” film
played key role.

Topics Page: Women

“Noteworthy Ladies”

36 Stories

Profiles of famous women
— from Rachel Carson
to Tina Turner.

Topics Page: Civil Rights

“Civil Rights Topics”


14 stories with
Civil Rights-related
content & history.

Music, Politics, Big Biz


John Prine-1971

A country song about
strip mining, coal power,
& demise of Paradise, KY

Politics, Celebrity, Music

“Linda & Jerry”


The lives of Jerry Brown
and Linda Ronstadt
during the 1970s.

Publishing, Politics, Ecology

“Power in the Pen”


Rachel Carson’s book, Silent
Spring, takes on pesticides;
spurs environmental cause.

Politics & Television

“Brian’s Song”


Brian Lamb’s C-SPAN
opens up Congress;
provides public affairs TV.

Radio & Rock ‘n Roll

“Moondog Alan Freed”


He coined the term
“Rock ‘n Roll” & gave
exposure to R&B artists.

Music & Advertising

“Keira & The Zombies”

2014 & The 1960s

A Chanel perfume ad
features Keira Knightley
& a 1960s Zombies’ tune.

Annals of Sport

“1930s Super Girl”

Babe Didrikson

When it came to athletics,
there was little that Babe
Didrikson couldn’t do.

Politics & Culture

“JFK’s Pacific Swim”

August 1962

A surprise “Presidential
swim” by John F. Kennedy
at Santa Monica,CA.

Music & Pop Culture

“Beatles in America”


New rock ‘n roll group
brings “pop explosion” in
music, business, culture.

Annals of Music

“Dear Prudence”


The history of a beautiful
Beatles’ song and a
productive retreat in India.

Media Powerhouse

“Empire Newhouse”


From newspapers & magazines
to Reddit.com, Newhouse has become a cultural power.

Media Maverick

“Ted Turner & CNN”

1980s & 1990s

Media pioneer shakes up
news & entertainment biz
using new technology.

Politics & Celebrity

“The Jack Pack”

Pt.1: 1958-60

Frank Sinatra’s “Rat Pack”
cavort with & campaign for
JFK in his White House bid.

Politics & Celebrity

“The Jack Pack”

Pt. 2: 1961-64

Good times JFK Inaugural
is followed by some falling
out and tragic endings.

Hollywood, Dance, Film

“Legs: Cyd Charisse”


Statuesque beauty of
MGM musicals was a
commanding presence.

Television History

“Person to Person”


Edward R. Murrow’s show,
ironically, helped give
rise to “celebrity T.V.”

Music & Politics

“Barracuda Politics”


Sarah Palin campaign music
at Republican convention
riles rock group, Heart.

Music & Politics

“Reagan & Springsteen”


How Bruce Springsteen’s
music became part of a
Ronald Reagan speech.

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