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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: A Visual Feast with a Side of Social Commentary

I have to admit, I wasn't expecting much when I first took my seat in the theater to preview Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, a 3-D animated comedy based on the popular children's book.
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Big Food vs. Big Health Care

In his September 9 New York Times article, "Big Food vs.
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A 9/11 Prayer: Leonard Cohen's 'Democracy'

My mother-in-law saw Leonard Cohen live in her native Norway this summer. She sent me this YouTube clip so I could have a taste.
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Want to End Poverty? Focus on Women and Girls

Promoting gender equality is crucial to combating global poverty, a point Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn make in their new book,
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Why the U.S. Ranks 37 Among World Health Systems, Plus Four Alternative Models

The United States is the richest nation on earth. It has some of the best-trained physicians and best medical facilities on earth. It is a leader in medical innovation and medical education.
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How to Bring a 9-Year-Old to Christ

In the August 2009 issue of Harper's Magazine, Brooklyn-based writer Rachel Aviv penned an article titled "Like I was Jesus: How to Bring a 9-Year-Old to Christ." I was intrigued enoug
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The Hurt Locker and the Cause of War

Let's get one thing straight: I have no idea what war is really like.
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Making Peace with Sam Harris

Dr. Francis Collins, President Obama's choice to head the National Institute of Health, has been met with much resistance from certain quarters of the scientific community.
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