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How Machines Learn

 
How do all the algorithms around us learn to do their jobs?

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Not A President, Not Yet A Dictator

In light of the one-year anniversary of the crappiest day of our lives – the inauguration of Donald J. Trump – we examine how democracy is holding up to his daily assault.

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Long Ago, Far Away | Odetta Sings Dylan

Odetta, the musical 'Voice of the Civil Rights Movement,' brings the haunting refrain of one of Bob Dylan's most radical songs about war, inequality and oppression: Things like that don't happen / No more, nowadays.

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Global Responses to Trump's 'Shithole' Remarks

Here's how the world responded to President Trump's disparaging Jan. 11 remarks about immigrants from "shithole countries," including El Salvador, Haiti and all of Africa.

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Camperforce | Documentary

A short by Jessica Bruder and Laura Poitros (Citizenfour) featuring the stories of some of the thousands of nomadic senior citizens recruited by Amazon to work in its far-flung giant warehouses. With secret camera footage from inside the Amazon empire, and a twist ending.

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Harry Belafonte | Zombie Jamboree

In Belafonte's version, the Zombie Jamboree takes place in a New York cemetery, naturally enough, in the wake of nuclear war, which Belafonte adds a verse about how to avert. 

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Reince Priebus Notes Confirm James Comey Story

NYT reporter Michael Schmidt talks with Rachel Maddow about Donald Trump's pressure on Jeff Sessions not to recuse himself from the Russia probe, and Reince Priebus' notes confirming James Comey's testimony.

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Stephen Bites Into a Juicy New Book

With an assist from Donald Trump's cease and desist order, Michael Wolff's bombshell book is spilling secrets and breaking sales records.

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How the Animal Kingdom Sleeps

Sleep is universal in the animal kingdom, but each species slumbers in a different — and often mysterious — way. Some animals snooze with half their brain, while others only sleep for two hours a day.

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The Post | Movie

The unlikely partnership between The Washington Post’s Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep), the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks), as they race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of US involvement in Vietnam that spanned three decades and four U.S. Presidents.

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Occupy USA | Democracy Is Coming

Occupy created this video accompaniment to Leonard Cohen's inspiring song. In 2018 the spirit is back, and this time the reinforcements number millions.

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The Public | Movie

Set in the Midwest during a brutal cold front, a group of homeless library patrons who refuse to leave Cincinnati’s downtown public library at closing time. Emilio Estevez's 'The Public' will open the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on Jan 31.

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Graven Image

Using over 100 years of archival footage, director Sierra Pettengill explores the history of the largest Confederate monument, Georgia’s Stone Mountain.

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R.I.P. The Internet

Stephen has a message for the FCC that also involves a phrase beginning with 'F.'

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Obama Invokes Nazi Germany in Warning to US

Former President Barack Obama urged voters this week to stay engaged in democracy, warning that complacency was responsible for the rise of Nazi Germany.

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