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Cardi B & Nancy P Take on Trump

Trump fires back at Nancy P after she proposes postponing the State of the Union address. Cardi B sounds off about the government shutdown. Michael Kosta unpacks the use of crowdfunding to help unpaid federal workers.

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Shoplifters | Movie Trailer

In this award-winning gem, a veteran shoplifter and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold and take her in, testing their family bonds. Full review.
 

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Stacey Abrams | How to Respond to Setbacks

In an electrifying talk, Stacey Abrams shares the lessons she learned from her campaign for governor of Georgia, some advice on how to change the world -- and a few hints at her next steps. "Be aggressive about your ambition," Abrams says.

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What Is Emergence?

How do extraordinarily complex emergent phenomena — like ants assembling themselves into living bridges, or tiny water and air molecules forming into swirling hurricanes — spontaneously arise from systems of much simpler elements?

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Surviving R. Kelly: Bonus

Survivors Asante McGee, Kitti Jones, Lizzette Martinez, Lisa Van Allen, backup singer Jovante Cunningham, performing artist Sparkle, and ex-wife and survivor of R. Kelly, Andrea Kelly, address R. Kelly directly in this bonus clip from Episode 6 of Surviving R. Kelly, "Black Girls Matter." #SurvivingRKelly

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America's Rigged Economy in Two Minutes

Professor Joseph E. Stiglitz, winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Economics, explains why the American economy is rigged, and what that means for future generations.

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Bob Dylan: With God on Our Side

Bob Dylan's memorable 1988 Live Oakland performance of With God on Our Side made into a historical / lyric video.

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AlphaZero: Machine Learning From Scratch

AlphaZero taught itself from scratch chess, shogi and Go, beating a world-champion program in each case and discovering new and creative playing strategies that hint at the potential to tackle other complex problems.

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Network | Movie / Theater

A classic Paddy Chayevsky film starring Faye Dunaway and William Holden about a the role of the media in the corrupt system by which the very rich screw the middle class and poor. Now in a theater version with Bryan Cranston.

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2018 Lesson: 'Nothing Matters' Is Bogus

In the Trump era, everyone from comedians to pundits have claimed that “nothing matters”. MSNBC anchor Ari Melber runs through an exhaustive list of times when Trump has been defeated or stopped by facts and reporting. “In a democracy, things matter when we make them matter.” 

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Springsteen on Broadway

The critically acclaimed, three times extended, Broadway phenomenon makes its global debut on Netflix.

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Jon Batiste Performs 'Saint James Infirmary Blues'

The pride of the Late Show, Jon Batiste, performs the song from his album 'Hollywood Africans' that earned a Grammy nomination for Best American Roots Performance. 'Saint James Infirmary Blues.'

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Walking to America with the Migrant Caravan

Thousands of migrants Central America have trekked across Mexico as part of the wave after wave of caravans fleeing persecution, violence, and poverty in their home countries. A Vice News Special Report (HBO).

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Capernaum |Movie

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Nadine Labaki's Capernaum ("Chaos") tells the story of Zain (Zain al Rafeea), a Lebanese boy who sues his parents for the "crime" of giving him life. Full review.

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Trump’s New Chief of Staff & Stephen Miller’s New Hairline

 
Mick Mulvaney becomes Trump’s acting chief of staff despite calling the president a “terrible human being,” Ryan Zinke is pushed out as interior secretary, and Stephen Miller debuts a new hairstyle on “Face the Nation.”

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First Reformed | Movie

A drama written and directed by Paul Schrader, starring Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried and Cedric the Entertainer. Rev. Toller struggles with the temptation to destroy himself and the church he pastors in upstate New York with a suicide vest from Iraq.

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If Beale Street Could Talk

Barry Jenkins' screen adaptation of James Baldwin's novel of the same name, set in 1972. A young African-American woman struggles to clear her husband of false charges before the birth of their baby.

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"Bisbee '17" | Documentary

A mining town on the Arizona-Mexico border stages a recreation of the town's controversial past: The traumatic deportation of migrant workers in 1917.

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Minding the Gap | Documentary

The secret to growing up is that no one really knows what they’re doing. It's in the gap between childhood and adulthood that we find meaning for ourselves. A Hulu original documentary.

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Amazing Grace | Documentary

It took 46 years for this film to see the light of day. It was worth the wait. (Full review.) Sydney Pollack documents Aretha Franklin in two days of live recording at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles that resulted in the best-selling album of live gospel recording of all time.

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