True story: During the 2008 campaign, then-candidate Barack Obama came to Portland Ore., and drew more than 100,000 people to a rally. One conservative commentator suggested that the crowds really came out for the free concert that preceded Obama's speech ... by a rather popular local band called The Decemberists. And really, who can say?
The Decemberists' name was inspired by a short-lived rebellion in the Russian army in the 1820s against the chosen successor to the czar. We've invited lead singer and songwriter Colin Meloy to play a game called "Hell, No We Won't Do Whatever It Is You Want Us To!" Three questions about obscure protests.
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