Rush Holt; Venezuela Protests; Social Media and Change; FiveThirtyEight on the Oscars

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Rep. Rush Holt has announced he won’t run for re-election when his term is up at the end of this year. He’ll talk about what he hopes to accomplish in the next 10 months. Then: Journalist and economist Moisés Naím contextualizes the protests in Venezuela. Plus: the latest on housing and development issues in New York City; how social media is used to effect social change; and ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight crunches the numbers to find out what turns up in Oscar-nominated films year after year.

Rep. Rush Holt is Leaving the House

Rush Holt, Representative for New Jersey's 12th Congressional District, has announced that he will not be seeking re-election. He will explain his decision, how his background in science informed his work in Washington, and the policies he will be supporting over the next 10 months while he is still in office.


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Venezuela Protests Chavismo

Context for the current protests in Venezuela, including why they are happening, the media blackout, Cuba's influence on the country and if the protests might bring about some kind of change.

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The Battle Over the Domino Sugar Development

Mayor de Blasio is signalling that affordable housing is how he’s going to get New York City to be more equitable.

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Social Media for Social Change

Emily Parker, digital diplomacy adviser, senior fellow at the New America Foundation, and former State Department official, discusses her new book Now I Know Who My Comrades Are: Voices from the Internet Underground (Sarah Crichton Books, 2014) and talks about how protesters and activists are using social media to combat repressive regimes around the world.


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FiveThirtyEight Crunches the Oscar Numbers

If want to make a film that will win an Oscar, base your film on a novel set in World War II, feature a husband and wife relationship, and have the title of the film uttered by a character. (Bonus points: a face slap.)

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