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AUDIO: ‘Critical Race Theory: The Year in Review 2014’: a Candid Poem About Modern-Day Racism

Lisa Alvarez’s straightforward poem gets to the core of a year in which violence against black people became impossible to look away from any longer. 

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Finally, a Teen Comedy About Asian Kids With an Asian Cast

Director Benson Lee, a Korean-American, was inspired by the ’80s teen angst movies of the late John Hughes. But you won’t find any of the stereotypical Asian characters that tended to turn up in Hughes’ movies—that is, when Asians appeared at all.

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Gawker’s Founder Has Doubts About the Facebook Model of Journalism

The man who “has probably done more than any individual to loosen up the mainstream media” is having second thoughts about the click-baiting model of reporting that his media empire helped make standard today.

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Your Boss Wants You to Be Happy. This Might Not Be a Good Thing.

In “The Happiness Industry,” English sociologist and economist William Davies examines the nefarious effects of the “science and measurement” practices that some bosses are using to influence their employees’ sense of happiness.

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Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster

A team of scientists and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist recount, in the new book “Fukushima,” what happens when a catastrophe strikes that no one imagines. Early and often comes the warning: Hubris Ahead.

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Rupert Murdoch to Step Down as Chief of Twenty-First Century Fox

The media mogul will step down as chief executive of his global film and television empire. His youngest son, James, will assume control.

Posted on Jun 11, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Is the Moral Behind HBO Series ‘Game of Thrones’ That Climate Change Is Our Common Enemy?

A Vox clip makes the compelling argument that the popular HBO television show, based on fiction by George R.R. Martin, is “secretly all about climate change.”

Posted on Jun 8, 2015 READ MORE

John Cusack: Barack Obama Is ‘as Bad or Worse’ Than George W. Bush

Actor John Cusack has said Barack Obama is “as bad or worse” than former President Bush when it comes to civil liberties, drone strikes, freedom of the press and the National Security Agency.

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All the Wild That Remains

Edward Abbey and Wallace Stegner are two of the most influential Western environmentalists and writers of the 20th century. A new book, “All the Wild That Remains,” is an excellent primer for readers new to Abbey and Stegner and their continuing relevance.

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AUDIO: ‘Your Body Is a Dark Axiom ... ’: A Forceful Poem About Immigration Reform Activism

Purvi Shah’s poem collects the voices and stories of some of the women who fasted to promote immigration reform as part of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum.

Posted on Jun 3, 2015 READ MORE

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