Political Idealism Lives On

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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Politics can be nasty, but many Americans still yearn for idealism in our elected leaders. The latest in our Political Projections film series takes a look at political idealism in Hollywood. Also: the rags-to-riches story of the bin Laden family. Kurt Vonnegut’s son, Mark Vonnegut, talks about his father’s life and work. And we hear about how Obama, McCain, and Clinton pop up in our dreams!


Mark Vonnegut

The Bin Laden Family

Mohamed bin Laden started as a bricklayer for an American oil company in the 1930s; he went on to build a family fortune as the official construction company of the Saudi Royal family. He also fathered 54 children, one of whom is Osama bin Laden. Pulitzer Prize-winner Steve Coll writes ...

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Kurt Vonnegut in Retrospect

Kurt Vonnegut’s son, Mark Vonnegut, talks about his father’s life and work. Armageddon in Retrospect is a new collection of twelve unpublished writings of Kurt Vonnegut on war and peace.

Event: Mark Vonnegut will be speaking and signing books
Tuesday, April 1 at 7 pm
Tribeca Barnes ...

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How to Save Money on Education

College tuition is getting more and more expensive. Neil Siegel, author of Don’t Save For College, Save Yourself, shares some tips on how to save money on your child’s education.

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American Unity

It’s time to move beyond partisan politics, says Joseph Nilats, senior fellow at the American Unity Project. He has some ideas on how the U.S. electorate can become more unified.

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Dream Presidential Candidates

Have Obama, McCain, or Clinton ever popped up in your dreams? A new blog project, the Metaphysical Poll, publishes readers’ dreams about the current crop of presidential candidates. Writer and Metaphysical Poll founder Sheila Heti tells us about some of the dreams, and whether she thinks we can read anything ...

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Political Projections: Political Idealism in Hollywood

Politics is often a dirty business. But many Americans still yearn for political idealism. Tune in to our latest Political Projections on Tuesday, April 1st, when we look into how idealistic politicians have been depicted in film over the years. Joseph McBride is Assistant Professor of cinema at San Francisco ...

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