Today is the 54th anniversary of Hawaii’s admission to the Union as the 50th state. So we’ll feature some Hawaiian music today, beginning with this brief demonstration of “slack-key” guitar playing by Sonny Chillingworth.

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.