Every year, it never fails that I have one, two or three students dying to major in film and television studies. Right away, I tell them that it is one of the most competitive college majors to get into in the U.S.
Matalin, Reagan and Green debate Obamacare's failed rollout and the GOP's flawless inaction. The panel also discusses how CBS turned Benghazi from a tragedy into a hoax, as well as "Harvard on the Potomac."
We are honoring Shane Bauer and others because their work takes these issues beyond the sensational stories on which the public and our policy makers too often fixate. When fear drives policy, the resulting initiatives do not support public safety or rehabilitation.
Ken Burns is a story-teller. His new documentary PBS film which debuted this week, The Central Park Five, is really a retrospective on the case of Trisha Meili, brutally raped near the Reservoir in the 875-acre Central Park, on April 20, 1989.
I grew up in New York City. In 1989 I was halfway through high school. The Central Park Five were my contemporaries. There were skeptics who believed in their innocence. At the time, they were pilloried. And yet, they were right. And we were wrong.
As New York City continues to deny the Central Park Five compensation for six to 13 years each served in prison, denial of any wrongdoing and the racist injustice of the criminal justice system within this case is actually a continued disservice to all black and Latino men.
In many ways The Central Park Five is a history lesson and cautionary tale of the types of police and prosecutorial misconduct that is possible without effective oversight or appropriate checks and balances to power.
We ended the Dust Bowl by returning much of the landscape back to its native state and changing how we treated the land we continue to occupy. And we will end disasters like Hurricane Sandy the same way.
The convergence of nine out of the 10 consecutive warmest years, along with poor soil conservation practices, could lead to the depletion of our underground water reservoir, which could in turn result in another Dust Bowl.
The actual assailant, who confessed years later and whose DNA confirmed his story, was never in the sights of the police and prosecutors. Sadly, people remember the hysteria of the conviction campaign and often don't even realize that the lynch-mob mentality got the wrong guys.
When you rob five young men of their youth, innocence and educational opportunity and put them and their families through hell for more than a decade, you owe them more than an apology -- you owe them restitution.
On April 19, 1989, you could not miss the headlines -- and the horror of the Central Park jogger case. The Central Park Five, a deft examination of the most publicized rape case in NY history, questions the handling of this case.
Ken Burns' eloquent film reminds us that the fate of nature and people are bound irrevocably together. We disregard dark clouds of dust looming in the distance at our peril. History is not was, but is.