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Nobody Special: Reflections on The Rise of Skywalker

Warning: Spoilers for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker follow. Before making the original Star Wars, George Lucas spent years working on Apocalypse Now, a film about the tragedy of America’s war in Vietnam. You don’t have to look too closely to see that, in its own way, Star Wars is also about the folly of American empire. More specifically, it’s about […]

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Drone Warfare and the Kill Chain

The human toll and moral dilemma of drone warfare.

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“Stink!” Follows a Dad on a Quest to Uncover the Toxins His Kids Encounter in Their Home

A new film follows a father on his quest to uncover the industrial chemicals his daughters encounter via everyday products.

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The Big Short and Bernie’s Plan to Bust Up Wall Street

To paraphrase philosopher George Santayana, those who cannot remember they were screwed by Wall Street are condemned to be screwed again.

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Why So Many Find Meaning in Star Wars

The Star Wars saga taps into the very storytelling devices that have structured myths and religious tales for centuries.

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‘Racing Extinction’ Goes Behind the Scenes of Manmade Mass Extinction

The sixth global mass extinction is happening right now. Racing Extinction is coming to a theater near you.

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Silence Has This Mortality Associated with It

A conversation about sound and silence with legendary sound designer and film editor Walter Murch.

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I Am Not a Lone Voice, I Am Many: Malala

Malala became a global advocate for the millions of girls being denied a formal education because of social, economic, legal and political factors.

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So I Married an Axe Murderer: Unexpected Nostalgia Trip to San Francisco That Was

I wasn’t thinking about San Francisco That Was when I started watching So I Married an Axe Murderer, but I soon found myself on an unexpected nostalgia trip.