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Cesar Chavez: The Story of Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things

Diego Luna tells Truthdig he wanted to make a movie his Mexican-American son could look to for inspiration.

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The Triple Package

Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld try to explain why Cubans, East Asians, Indians, Jews, Lebanese, Mormons, Nigerians and Persians “do strikingly better than others in terms of wealth, position and other conventional measures of success.”

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‘Looking’ Is a Gay Show for Straight People

HBO is known for premium content, and its all-gay show “Looking” was successful enough that it has been renewed for a second season. I’m still not sure what, if anything, happened in the first one.

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Celebrities Including Sting and Emma Thompson Press U.N. on Palestinian Refugees in Syria

Some 30 actors, writers, directors, artists, musicians and others have petitioned the U.N. demanding it take action to protect civilians, notably Palestinian refugees, caught up in the Syria conflict as it entered its fourth year Saturday.

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The Watchdog That Didn’t Bark

When the press failed to anticipate the most catastrophic financial crisis in 80 years, reporters were focusing on the wrong things, responding to the wrong incentives and writing the wrong kind of stories.

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‘The Dick Joke Is Not Always Your Friend’

The recently deceased Harold Ramis’ beloved anti-authoritarian comedies of the late ’70s and the ’80s (including “Animal House” starring John Belushi, pictured) were pop trojan horses of then-emerging right-wing cultural values, former Harper’s Magazine columnist Thomas Frank writes at Salon.

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MOOCs and Other Wonders: Education and High-Tech Utopia

Deep within our cultural history is a faith in the power of technology to cure social problems.

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Women, Poets Rejoice! There Are New Laureates in Town and They Happen to All Be Female

Britain, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland have all chosen women as their poet laureates this year.

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The Horror, the Horror

If the Congolese can maintain hope in their horrific circumstances, and journalists like Michael Deibert literally risk their lives to bring us their stories, then it’s our human obligation to read them.

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Katy Perry’s ‘Dark Horse’ Video Blasted for ‘Blasphemy’

Katy Perry can count fewer Muslims among her fan base after the release of the video for her new single, “Dark Horse.”

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