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Ben Lerner

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A Lesson in Underreporting: The Media's Neglect of the Philly 4th of July Jam Stampede

(4) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 4:17 PM

When thousands of July 4th concertgoers stampede away in panic and the media barely report the chaos, something seems off.

It's the kind of thing I normally wouldn't notice: "Attendees at Philly 4th of July Jam Run For Safety During Fireworks, No Injuries Reported." A headline like that might not...

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An SOS to NBC: Save Our Smash

(8) Comments | Posted April 23, 2013 | 12:12 PM

Fade in on a fan
With a hunger for Smash
And a love for Broadway one must remember
The past bad episodes fade away
Because as of this day
Smash is so beyond great
Renew before it's too late!

Saturday's episode of Smash, titled...

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Take the Competition Out of Volunteering

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2013 | 1:24 PM

I've been volunteering at the same New York soup kitchen on Christmas Day annually for the last decade or so. The volunteer turnout year after year has been inspiring. Even as the number of homeless guests sadly remains high, dozens of kindhearted workers graciously give their time to those less...

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Do Critics Hear the People Sing? In Defense of Les Miserables

(4) Comments | Posted January 2, 2013 | 5:30 PM

When the musical Les Miserables hit Broadway 25 years ago, it was not a critical darling. It went on to sweep the Tony Awards and become one of the longest running shows in Broadway history. Today, producer Cameron Mackintosh announced plans to revive the now-beloved epic drama on the Great...

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Gossip Girl: Why It's Time for the Final XOXO

(7) Comments | Posted December 3, 2012 | 1:31 PM

When The CW's teen drama Gossip Girl leapt onto television screens in 2007, it served the purpose indicated by its title. Simply put, it made millions of girls gossip. The chief, but not sole, demographic was high school females, who buzzed about the "scandalous lives of Manhattan's elite." The program,...

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