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The Internet and Capitalism; Biking Alone Across the Country; Errol Morris on Donald Rumsfeld; Passing the Civil Rights Act

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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Jeremy Rifkin explains how the Internet is helping to make some goods and services almost free, and how that may lead to the eclipse of capitalism. Bruce Weber of the New York Times talks about his solo bicycle ride from coast to coast. Documentary filmmaker Errol Morris discusses his new film about Donald Rumsfeld, “The Unknown Known.” Clay Risen tells the story of how grassroots activism, stirring speeches, and backroom deal-making all helped ensure the passage of the Civil Rights Act.

How a Collaborative Economy Could Change Capitalism

The emerging “Internet of Things” is moving us into an era of nearly free goods and services, bringing with it the rise of a global Collaborative Commons, which is changing capitalism as we know it.

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Bicycling Alone Across the Country

New York Times obit writer Bruce Weber made the trip by himself at the age of 57, and wrote about it as it unfolded mile by mile. He talks about the challenges and rewards of strenuous physical effort — and the pleasures of a 3,000-calorie breakfast.

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Errol Morris on Donald Rumsfeld and "The Unknown Known"

Documentary filmmaker Errol Morris talks about his new film about Donald Rumsfeld, “The Unknown Known,” Morris has said of the film: “To say that I came into this movie without strong ideas about Rumsfeld and his policies would be fraudulent and disingenuous, at best. I was very much against the Iraq war, and I still am—I think it was a terrible mistake. But I believe I made this film in the spirit of inquiry, with a genuine desire to investigate, a desire to find out something that I might not have known before.” "The Known Unknown" opens April 2 at Angelika Film Center and at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas.

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The Battle to Pass the Civil Rights Act

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 passage has often been credited to the political leadership of President Lyndon Johnson or to the moral force of Martin Luther King. Yet, in The Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act, author and New York Times editor Clay Risen shows, the story is much bigger than those two men—and includes unceasing grassroots activism, ringing speeches, backroom deal-making, and hand-to-hand legislative combat.

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Video: Rebecca Mead Talks About Some Things She Loves

Rebecca Mead, author of My Life in Middlemarch, was here to talk about the great novel Middlemarch and why she's read it over and over. She answered a few other questions about other favorite books, what she's reading now, and what it's like to be a staff writer at The New Yorker.

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