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Dear America | Reflections & Notes

May 15, 2019

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Jose Antonio Vargas. Dear America, Notes of an Undocumented Citizen. HarperCollins, 2018. [Advance Reader’s Edition] (231 pages) REFLECTIONS The fraying of political discourse by its abstract and categorizing rhetoric is a dehumanizing cycle that needs to be seriously reconstructed. Books like this fulfill the criteria needed to invert the current political mindset, having the potential […]

RBG | Reflections

February 19, 2019

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https://www.rbgmovie.com [PG] 2018. Movie Info (from Rotten Tomatoes) At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior’s rise to the nation’s highest court has been […]

TED | Robin Steinberg: What if we ended the injustice of bail?

December 7, 2018

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“I hate injustice and simply can’t sit still when I see it.” TRANSCRIPT I will never forget the first time I visited a client in jail. The heavy, metal door slammed behind me, and I heard the key turn in the lock. The cement floor underneath me had a sticky film on it that made […]

The Facebook Dilemma | Reflections

November 16, 2018

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https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/facebook-dilemma/ REFLECTIONS This is an agonizing series of lessons on unintended consequences, optimistic naïveté, and how a mission and core values are ultimately subsumed under the gravity of the economics of your business model. A few thoughts. First, it is a fairly consistent phenomenon, that every organization that grows faces the dilemma of their original […]

21 Lessons for the 21st Century | Reflections & Critical Notes

September 30, 2018

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Yuval Noah Harari. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. Spiegel & Grau, 2018. (372 pages) REFLECTIONS If a book sits on a shelf and no one reads it, does it make a sound? p. 326 If you want provocation, look no further than Harari. While his previous two books–Sapiens and Homo Deus—looked to the past and the […]

Reversing Roe | Reflections

September 27, 2018

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Netflix. Reversing Roe. [NR, 2018] 99 minutes. Movie Info (from Rotten Tomatoes) Forty-five years after it revolutionized abortion law in America, the landmark 1973 US Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade is once again at a crossroads. In their timely new documentary Reversing Roe, filmmakers Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg present a deeply illuminating look of […]

Documenting Hate | Reflections

August 13, 2018

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Watch the film at PBS Frontline. Reflections Take a deep breath. We’re in for a long ride. Frontline has for years been a source of award-winning journalism. Through really amazing story-telling, their documentaries have consistently provided the in-depth investigation that allows us, the viewer, to understand more deeply the issues, and/or exposes the injustices and […]