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Little America — Inside the Anthology Series | Apple TV+

Little America — Inside the Anthology Series | Apple TV+

– Dad, where is the dictionary? – Up there. I got that dictionary when I first came to this country. Whenever I didn’t know a word, I would look it up, and highlight it with a marker. – It doesn’t look like you learned many words. – The show started with our friend Lee Eisenberg. – I went to “Epic” magazine and said, “I want to do an immigrant anthology series, and I’d love for the stories to be real.”…

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55 Voices for Democracy: Jan Philipp Reemtsma

55 Voices for Democracy: Jan Philipp Reemtsma

What does it mean to speak about – and for – democracy in an emphatic sense? Is there a common let’s say: project we – we democrats – stand for and even would fight for in difficult and dangerous times? Hopefully we would do so. But we should not conjure up such times when they are not at stake just to dress up our democratic habits. Of course: democracy always was and is an endangered political concept. Endangered is it…

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Breaking Bad — Crafting a TV Pilot

Breaking Bad — Crafting a TV Pilot

Hi, I’m Michael. This is Lessons from the Screenplay. Breaking Bad has been praised as one of the greatest TV shows of all time, and it kept audiences engaged and on the edge of their seats until the very last frame. But every TV show has to start somewhere, and more often than not, it begins with a pilot. A TV pilot has to introduce the main characters, set up the world of the show, and tell enough of a…

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55 Voices for Democracy: Francis Fukuyama

55 Voices for Democracy: Francis Fukuyama

I’m very delighted to be asked to participate in this “55 Voices” series in honor of Thomas Mann and to be in Thomas Mann’s house in Pacific Palisades. I think that Thomas Mann is particularly relevant to the present moment in a couple of respects. I think that the role that he played as an exile from Nazi Germany, his “Listen, Germany!” lectures that were delivered into Nazi Germany during the war, in a way set a important precedent for…

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55 Voices for Democracy: Timothy Snyder

55 Voices for Democracy: Timothy Snyder

Whatever happened to the future? Have you noticed that the future has gone away? This I think is the most striking thing about our politics today whether it’s America or Europe or much of the rest of the world. That there’s no future anymore. For the past couple hundred years from the French Revolution forward, what democratic politics has generally been about is the future. We’ve been very good at producing different competing versions about what the future would be…

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55 Voices for Democracy: Ananya Roy

55 Voices for Democracy: Ananya Roy

We live in an era of stark social and economic inequality. Across the world the hoarding of wealth by the rich and powerful rests on the exploitation and impoverishment of marginalized communities. Such inequality is visibly manifested in our cities. Here in the City of Angels, inequality is evident in a stark contrast between homes worth $500 million dollars being built in the hills of Bel Air, not far from the Thomas Mann House or the University of California Los…

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Freedom Fighters: The Ray | Part 2 – First Five Minutes | CW Seed

Freedom Fighters: The Ray | Part 2 – First Five Minutes | CW Seed

(INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC PLAYING) I’m just saying it would really suck -if we kidnapped the wrong guy. -(RAY GROANS) No, no, no. We didn’t kidnap him. We’re recruiting him. CURTIS: Would still suck though. (LOUD SWISH) Where am I? What’s going on? I see he’s awake. I can’t believe you tranq-darted him. It was a tranq-flechette, actually. Wait a sec. I know you guys. Really? Was it the masks and colorful outfits that gave it away? Don’t mind him. He likes…

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How Captain America Should Have Ended

How Captain America Should Have Ended

Mr. Stark. Nope, nope, nope. You’ve seen nothing. He’s uh, not ready yet. Just aaa few more seconds and… Ah there we go! Superhero steroids!!!! How Captain America Should Have Ended The plane’s headed to bomb New York if I don’t force it down now, a lot of people are gonna die. I gotta put her in the water. Please, don’t do this. We have time, we can work it out. Just turn the plane around. I wish I could,…

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Adam Ruins Everything – How America Created the “Model Minority” Myth | truTV

Adam Ruins Everything – How America Created the “Model Minority” Myth | truTV

Boy, I’m sure glad we left the pool party, Trey. Math homework is way more fun! Computer, that’s the first thing you’ve ever said that doesn’t add up. (canned laughter) You’re so studious, Computer. Trey, you could learn a thing or two from his people. They’re very wise. (canned laughter) Whoa, time out! (whistle blowing) Here we go again! TV and movies are rampant with Asian stereotypes. Especially the idea that Asian people are some kind of “model minority.” Smart,…

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