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Thursday, November 6, 2008 - 08:35

McCullough's reference to Mad Max and Death Wish prompted us to put together cinematic revenge moments for the program. In the end, it didn't fit but why not let you hear them?

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008 - 13:01

When do charity and aid help, and when are they counterproductive? A video from one group's perspective.

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Monday, November 3, 2008 - 11:00

The story of a woman whose son was murdered, and her struggle to end the cycle of violence in north Minneapolis.

Friday, October 31, 2008 - 16:51

Studs Terkel's death reminds our online editor of the opportunity he passed up.

Friday, October 31, 2008 - 10:24
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Wednesday, October 29, 2008 - 10:15

A monk makes the case to the pop culture digerati that his Catholic brothers have been on the cutting edge of technology for centuries.

Monday, October 27, 2008 - 10:50

Forget the glossy Bible hype. A clever cover reveals more, and says less.

Saturday, October 25, 2008 - 11:58

Rabbi Sharon BrousEarlier this week, I wrote about a photograph of a Lubavitch assembly. In response to a comment in our Flickr community, I was doing some research and happened upon a couple of lists about the top 50 most influential rabbis and the top 25 rabbis from the pulpit.

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