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The Summer Olympics are still four months away, but we’re already getting a look at the kind of messy scene the world could see

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Brand New China by Jing Wang

Written like a college textbook and packaged like a novel, this book blurs the line between storytelling and statistical analysis, making for an interesting, complex read.

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8 Jan 2008 // 8:00 AM

`The Jewish Americans,’ beginning Wednesday on PBS

Ten years ago this month, public TV aired a big, rich, generous six-hour tapestry on Irish Americans and their immigrant experience. Finally on Wednesday night,

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7 Jan 2008 // 4:15 AM

Lake of Fire

Simultaneously elegant and harrowing, shot in grainy black and white, the film's gorgeous visual compositions are contrasted with some brutal subject matter.

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Martin Atkins China Dub Soundsystem: Made in China

In effect, Pigface has changed continents and absorbed a few dozen new members.

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11 Dec 2007 // 3:29 AM

War/Dance

As Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine's documentary frames it, survival in Uganda's war zones is political and moral, an effort to sort out the frankly unimaginable horrors that have shaped the children's existence.

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30 Nov 2007 // 5:02 AM

Oswalds Ghost

The question at the center of Oswald's Ghost is less about facts and figures, the unsolved case, than it is about perception.

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10 Oct 2007 // 4:48 AM

My Kid Could Paint That

My Kid Could Paint That asks viewers to ponder how certainty and doubt reinforce one another, how the need for truth creates its own truth.

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4 Oct 2007 // 10:57 PM

Various: Add to Friends

Like a sweet little ant that you don't want to step on.

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Retracing steps offers glimpse of a China torn between comfort and struggle

YIBIN, China - Kindergartners in inline skates wobbled along the concrete edge of the Yangtze. Well-dressed parents fussed behind them, within sight of but decades

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27 Sep 2007 // 4:08 AM

Taking it personally: ‘The War’ hits home

Dec. 8, 1941, Camp Claiborne, La. My dearest Ethel: You undoubtedly want to know what’s been going on in the past day. Naturally, with Japan’s

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25 Sep 2007 // 10:59 PM

Proust and the Squid by Maryanne Wolf

Because "the act of reading is not natural" in the sense of "genetically organized," the brain must "rearrange itself" to do so, a process Wolf explains on a neuronal level.

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23 Sep 2007 // 5:12 AM

‘The War,’ documentary series beginning Sunday on PBS

At first, Ken Burns’ monumental new work, “The War,” looks and sounds familiar, and because of that, is almost comforting. There are recognizable Burns touches

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18 Sep 2007 // 3:42 AM

An odyssey into the heart of China

CHONGQING, China—A damp rat lumbered into the darkness beneath a bed that rents for 24 cents a night. Cobwebs and wires dangled overhead. The air

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17 Sep 2007 // 7:00 AM

BEIJING—It’s just a 10-second scene in the movie The Pursuit of Happyness, the Will Smith flick about a struggling single father and his

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25 Aug 2007 // 5:42 AM

Manda Bala (Send a Bullet)

Manda Bala does what documentaries do best -- illuminate an intellectual or social situation that our otherwise narrow Western viewpoint would never even consider.

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Fading to Grey: Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky has peered into the abyss of the future with the eye of a true skeptic. And being the intellectual he is I am sure that he has revelled in the abyss staring back at him in an equally skeptical manner.

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21 Aug 2007 // 2:59 AM

China prepares to welcome world to 2008 Olympics

BEIJING—Hosting the Summer Olympics is a coup for any country, but China regards the 2008 Beijing Games as nothing short of a historic marker of

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20 Aug 2007 // 5:52 AM

‘God’s Warriors’: CNN’s Amanpour looks at ‘zealots’

They’ve been called radicals, militants or zealots. Christiane Amanpour calls them “God’s Warriors.” The CNN reporter’s three-part series on the subject, scheduled

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16 Aug 2007 // 5:29 AM

The presence of Ken Burns’ father looms large in his son’s latest PBS epic. But viewers won’t know it. An unidentified photograph of

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