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Rick Allen is the founding CEO of SnagFilms, a new digital distribution company formed with AOL Vice-Chairman Ted Leonsis, AOL founder Steve Case and others. Launched in July, 2008, SnagFilms equips everyone with the latest in web tools to find, watch and share great documentary films, and then engage in the causes, charities and communities these films spotlight. SnagFilms also owns indieWIRE. Allen has been CEO of Sporting News and of the for-profit arm of National Geographic, as well as a senior executive at Discovery Communications. He also served in the White House as a Deputy Assistant to President Clinton, helping to establish AmeriCorps (the domestic Peace Corps).

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Striking a Spark on Memorial Day

Posted May 27, 2010 | 18:12:06 (EST)

"For 99% of Americans, Memorial Day is a chance to circle a barbeque grill; for us, it's about gathering together in a cemetery." Probably nothing captures the enormous gulf between how veterans and civilians treat Monday's national holiday than that quick but pointed reminder I heard Wednesday from Paul Rieckhoff....

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Entertaining Warriors in an Avatar Age

Posted April 1, 2010 | 20:25:51 (EST)

We need neither the nightly news nor the great HBO series The Pacific to remind us of the painful mix of horror and boredom that is the daily lot of those who serve our country in wartime. We expect warriors to summon heroism as easily as snapping a salute, but...

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SnagFilms Welcomes the New Year

Posted December 28, 2009 | 13:01:10 (EST)

Last week, President Obama told bank executives that they have a duty to take "extraordinary" steps toward helping the U.S. economy emerge from the worst recession since the 1930s. As we rapidly approach the new year, our nation demands a modified system of financial oversight that includes new parameters to...

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Neither Fort Hood nor Hollywood: Warriors' Stories

Posted November 10, 2009 | 11:48:00 (EST)

Public capacity to be shocked by tragedies has been sadly diminished as each year brings a different take on the unimaginable, yet the horror at Ft. Hood seems to have penetrated both media clutter and the overwhelming challenges many Americans face in their personal lives. Despite 24/7 punditry and all-hands-on-deck...

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Tiananmen Square to the Berlin Wall; D-Day to Cairo University - the Universal Struggle for Human Rights

Posted June 4, 2009 | 11:39:50 (EST)

Americans live in the now. We are still a young country. China can debate whether to bulldoze a 400-year old section of Beijing, while LA finds a 1960's motel "historic." Yet reflection can be triggered by anniversaries, and we'd be well advised to slow down over this week and consider...

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A Genuine Memorial Day

Posted May 20, 2009 | 15:31:47 (EST)

Exactly 140 years ago next week, America observed its first Decoration Day, meant to commemorate the lives lost by Union soldiers in the Civil War. Not until after World War I did what we now call Memorial Day come into being, a remembrance of all of the warrior lives...

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