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A Night Of Champions

Hard Work Pays Off...
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Taking The Leap

Is It Time For A Change?
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A New Way To Stay

The New Way To Travel On A Budget
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Creative Mornings

Each Lecture Tells A Story
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Which Brands Will Survive?

Annual List Predicts Failing Brands
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Bang With Friends

Could a controversial app revolutionize social networking?
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What Idol Teaches Us

Dave Grohl Unleashes On American Idol
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Lots Of Little Libraries

An Exciting New Trend Encourages Literacy
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Living Below The Line

A Hands-On Approach To Global Poverty
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A World Full Of Stories

It's Teeming With Them...
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Phone-tographer

A Great Photographer Turns To His Android To Capture Great Shots
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The Rise Of Swatting

It's the latest prank, but its potential for danger is clear...
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The Information Age

If you're trying to learn a new skill, there are plenty of resources at your disposal.
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Dig Deeper

As my fellow Americans were concerning themselves with Lance Armstrong’s teary admissions to Oprah—well, I walked away.
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A New Birthday Song

To think that any song could replace “Happy Birthday to You” in the American psyche seems against all odds.
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An App For That

Flipboard is probably the simplest, and most visually stunning app available...
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The N-Word

I’m not suggesting that Tarantino is a racist, only that he grants himself misguided liberties as a screenwriter.
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Go Your Own Way

It’s never been easier for artists to follow their passions and find an audience for it.
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The Year In Television

The Rise Of Serial Dramas, And The New Way To Watch TV
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Erasing All Doubt

Austin Trout's Not Just A Champion. He's A Hero, Too.
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While You Were Shopping

The World Around You Didn
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Giving Thanks, 2012

We Really Do Have A Lot To Be Thankful For...
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Giving Thanks, And Giving Back

Charity Is In The Air During The Holiday Season
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After Fifty Fell Off

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Fifteen Seconds

Tout Offers A New Way To Share Life's Important Moments...
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The Power of Fail

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Even When You Fail

Be bold. Even when you fail, you won't regret it...
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The Latest Designer Drugs

The Bizarre Death Of Johnny Lewis Ignites Talk Of New Designer Drugs...
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The ‘New’ Juarez

Filmmaker Charlie Minn Completes His Juarez Drug War Trilogy
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Daniel’s Generosity

Daniel Spent His Summer Vacation Helping People Around The Globe...
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Education In The Digital Age

Thanks To New Online Tools, A World-Class Education Can Be Free...
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The Politics Of Pizza

Scott Van Duzer is a small-business owner. He’s not a bad guy...
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Fashion Walls Are Falling

Opening The Doors Of Opportunity For Models With Various Disabilities...
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Our Better Angels

This election cycle has been almost intolerable. And it's all by design.
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Good Books

With GoodBooks, You Can Save The World As You Shop...
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The Trouble With HBO Go

HBO Go is great. But it's far from perfect...
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TV’s Smartest Show

The Newsroom speaks truth to power, taking on big issues with fantastic writing...
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These Boring Olympics

What the 2012 Summer Olympics are missing...
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A Nation Rises

America Rises, After A Terrifying Attack On Our Nation
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Blackout

Could This War Bring About The Big Changes We Need?
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Out

Frank Ocean and Anderson Cooper step out of the closet...
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Summer of Perversion

"Fifty Shades of Grey" and "Magic Mike" have fueled a summer heatwave...
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The Bullies on the Bus

Karen Klein experiences extreme cruelty, kindness...
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Photography Made Simple

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The N-Word

Published on December 27, 2012 by in Columns

Quentin Tarantino is no stranger to controversy.  In fact, rarely does a Tarantino film open without some degree of revolt.  But the filmmaker’s latest effort, “Django Unchained,” which opened nationwide Christmas Day, has been castigated to a degree that even Tarantino rarely experiences.

The film, set in the antebellum South, follows Django—a slave whose freedom is bought at auction by a German dentist-turned-bounty-hunter.  The dentist, Dr. King Schultz (played by Christoph Waltz), intends to train Django to be his deputy bounty hunter.  Django accepts, setting into motion a trek through slavery’s ugly and violent history. Read more…

 
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Go Your Own Way

Published on December 20, 2012 by in Columns

In last week’s column, I reflected on what television has become over the last decade—a trend that has become even more solidified in 2012.  With the rise of DVRs and streaming video-on-demand, we’re seeing a pronounced rise in serial dramas, shows with complex storylines and impeccably-developed characters.  As television shows are devoured, in many cases, a season or two at a time, writers have begun to cater to “binge viewers,” and are worrying less about writing to viewers who are tuning in after missing an episode or two.  They can be less concerned about dwindling viewership as the season progresses—as viewers miss a few episodes and don’t bother to come back.

In other words, the creators and writers have been unchained from the restrictions that conventional viewing once imposed upon them.  Their creativity is less stifled, the writing is better, and we all benefit.

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The Year In Television

Published on December 13, 2012 by in Columns

Even with only a few weeks left in 2012, I really didn’t plan on writing a “year-in-review” column this week.  (In fact, I’m not real sure I’d thought about writing one at all.)  With Christmas quickly approaching, and so little of my shopping done, it seems more natural to look ahead than it does to look behind us at the year that was.

But then, early this week, I began reflecting a little on 2012.  And, before I realized what was happening, I was analyzing it—in terms of the music, the films, and the year’s breakout television shows.  As it turns out, this year has been really interesting, maybe even groundbreaking.  Read more…

 
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Erasing All Doubt

Published on December 6, 2012 by in Columns

I’m not much of a sports fan, these days.

I’m not sure what it is, but my interest in football and basketball and baseball has simply dwindled away over the years.  Maybe it’s my busy schedule.  Or perhaps I’ve waited impatiently through one too many lockouts.  Of course, it’s possible that my whole perspective on life has shifted, and sports don’t offer the excitement, the drama—or the escape—that they once did.

It happened sometime during college, in the late Nineties.  Before that, I truly enjoyed watching football, basketball, baseball, an occasional hockey game—even golf.  I often attended live sporting events, both college and professional.  And then, inexplicably, I tuned out. Read more…

 
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