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Tamara Shayne Kagel

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10 Things People Don't Understand About 'Serial' Unless You're a Criminal Attorney

Tamara Shayne Kagel | December 24, 2014 | Entertainment
I've noticed that most people listening to "Serial" don't know some key facts about the criminal justice system. Here are some of the most common misconceptions I've noticed about people's comprehension of the legal system which ultimately we are all beholden to.
Andrew Lam

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Self-Censorship Will Doom Us All: Why Hollywood Is Powerful But Doesn't Really Know It

Andrew Lam | December 23, 2014 | Media
Free speech in America may be a constitutional right but self-censorship is an American congenital habit. From government officials to corporation executives, from filmmakers to the media, it happens at great frequency and intervals.
Linda P. Fried

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Public Health Lessons from Ebola in 2014

Linda P. Fried | December 23, 2014 | World
As we steel ourselves to keep combatting this crisis, it's important to highlight the public health lessons learned over 2014. Such crucial lessons will be critical for nations, health systems, and donors to embrace as Ebola evolves and other challenges emerge in 2015.
Jerm Cohen

The Social Power of Traveling Photographers

Jerm Cohen | December 23, 2014 | Arts
photo by @jerm_cohen Its unusual for 5 photographers to shoot the same subjects and locations- but it's a revolutionary concept in the photo industry thats a win-win for everybody through the power of social media. This past October, I was...
Reese Schonfeld

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Garth the Great

Reese Schonfeld | December 23, 2014 | Media
David helped to create the modern electoral process. He used television brilliantly; he helped introduce the slickness and trickery that is used by almost all political operatives as they seek to elect their candidates. He was smart, he was tough and for the last 30 years, he was my friend.
Tom Engelhardt

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New Year's Wishes for the Waning American Century

Tom Engelhardt | December 23, 2014 | Politics
It's one of the jokes of our time that we Americans have literally plowed trillions of dollars into what's called "national security" in the post-9/11 years without seriously facing climate change, a phenomenon that, if not brought under control, guarantees us a kind of insecurity we've never known.
XOXO After Dark

7 Books To Read Now That 'Serial' Is Over

XOXO After Dark | December 23, 2014 | Books
We know that you and everyone you know listened to "Serial." Now that it's over, fill the void with 7 books that the team at XOXO After Dark are reading to satisfy our true crime obsession.
Robert Kuttner

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Schumer's Delicate Dance with Wall Street

Robert Kuttner | December 22, 2014 | Politics
Last week, I wrote a piece in this space lamenting the fact that so many Democrats had voted for a budget package that gutted a key provision of the Dodd-Frank Act. The so called swaps push-out provision, now repealed, required banks to separate their speculative business in derivatives from depository banking covered by government insurance and further protected by the Federal Reserve. The broader budget deal, technically a continuing resolution to keep the government funded through next September, also cut a lot of needed public spending and added several odious riders, including one that raises the ceiling on individual campaign contributions to party committees about tenfold. Had Democrats resolutely opposed the deal, I argued, it would have revealed Republicans as friends of Wall Street and enemies of Main Street -- a useful party differentiation between now and 2016.
Judy Farah

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Manson. O.J. Michael Jackson. The AP's Linda Deutsch Covered Them All

Judy Farah | December 23, 2014 | Media
For 48 years, Linda Deutsch held a bright candle for The Associated Press. She taught us what true reporting and journalism are truly about.
Amitai Etzioni

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No Limits to Freedom of the Press?

Amitai Etzioni | December 22, 2014 | Media
As long as one grants that the United States' security requires that the state be able to keep some secrets, the question stands: should there be some limitations on the freedom of the press and who and how will determine what these ought to be?
Patricia Leavy, PhD

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Top 10 Sexist Media Moments of 2014

Patricia Leavy, PhD | December 22, 2014 | Women
In 2013 our annual list included a story about a female celeb's face, an attack on Black masculinity, the delegitimizing of female politicians, and a Rolling Stone bomb. Remarkably, our 2014 list includes much of the same!
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

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Has Our Sports Culture Gone Overboard?

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | December 22, 2014 | Sports
For humans to flourish, we must grow intellectually, spiritually and emotionally. Through a myriad of educational and cultural opportunities, the avenues for self-growth and societal contribution seem endless. Why then does a sports entertainment culture that seems mindless dominate so much of the average American's time and commitment?
Tom Engelhardt

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The Forgotten Triumphalist Glories of War, American-Style

Tom Engelhardt | December 22, 2014 | Politics
So many years and wars later, it's easy to forget what a total television hit the first Gulf War of 1991 was.
HuffPost Radio

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Terrorism's Tour de Farce: Sony and Cheney

HuffPost Radio | December 21, 2014 | Politics
Shrum and Lowry discuss North Korea's film fatwa and Cheney's eagerness to become Mr. Torture. Then: If Nixon recognized China 25 years after its Communist Revolution, why shouldn't Obama do so with Cuba 50 years later? And can the third Bush beat the first woman?
Andy Plesser

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(VIDEO) The Next Big Thing at WPP Digital: 'Creative Optimization'

Andy Plesser | December 21, 2014 | Media
Moore sees the most promising opportunity in digital media around "creative optimization," meaning the customization of creative advertising in realtime, as it is consumed.  While some vendors are making progress in this field, there is much more to be developed.  He sees this new medium emerging in 2016.
Magda Abu-Fadil

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Jinn, Sex, Atheism Strike Egyptian Media

Magda Abu-Fadil | December 22, 2014 | Media
In today's topsy-turvy environment, all bets are off. Rather than focus on critical upcoming legislative elections and a major conference to help attract investments to Egypt's struggling economy, TV channels seem sidelined by matters that raise eyebrows and questions given their timing.
Tim Giago

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Remembering the Massacre at Wounded Knee

Tim Giago | December 20, 2014 | Media
Fifty-one years before the Japanese carrier strike force dropped their deadly bombs on Pearl Harbor, another "Day of Infamy" that will live forever in the minds of the Lakota (Sioux) people, occurred.
Debbie Asrate

Now We're Mad?

Debbie Asrate | December 20, 2014 | Black Voices
The recent airing of Sorority Sisters on VH1 has many people really upset (a slight understatement). Social media lit up with emotional rants about crying and broken hearts, threats to snatch sorors up, calls for boycotts, tweets to brands... the list goes on. I get it. Kinda.
Michael Keegan

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Freedom of Expression Is Worth Fighting For

Michael Keegan | December 19, 2014 | Politics
For The Interview, it appears for the moment, the show will not go on. It's hard to know exactly what motivated the theater chains that cancelled the show. The end result is that we have now allowed the government of North Korea to dictate content.
Tony Newman

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Ethan Nadelmann and Stephen Colbert on Drugs

Tony Newman | December 19, 2014 | Media
Like millions of others, I tuned in regularly to get the news of the day from the hilarious show. I loved how the show could educate people and explain complicated issues in such an entertaining way. The segments were often more informative than networking news, and a hell of a lot funnier.
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