Brexit 101: The UK’s Stunning Vote Explained in 4 Minutes

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The Brexit votes have been counted. The Brits have decided to leave the European Union. And the financial markets are taking it hard. Right now, futures on the London stock exchange are down 8%. The pound is down 9.8 percent, more than double its previous record decline of 4.1 percent. We’re living in interesting times.

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Princeton Historian Sean Wilentz on How Trump May Change (If Not Destroy) the GOP

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Around here, we mainly know Sean Wilentz as the “historian in residence” of Bob Dylan’s official website, and the author of the biography, Bob Dylan In America.

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Stephen Hawking on the Rise of Trump: “He’s a Demagogue Who Seems to Appeal to the Lowest Common Denominator”

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Yesterday, we walked you through Noam Chomsky’s analysis of the parallels between the rise of Donald Trump and the rise of fascism in 1930s Germany. Today, we’d like to take you through Stephen Hawking’s assessment of the situation.

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J.K. Rowling Defends Donald Trump’s Right to Be “Offensive and Bigoted”

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The quote of the day comes from J.K. Rowling speaking at the PEN America Literary Gala & Free Expression Awards. There, she received the 2016 PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award:
Intolerance of alternative viewpoints is spreading to places that make me, a moderate and a liberal, most uncomfortable.

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Jon Stewart Resurfaces and Breaks Down the 2016 Election: The “Man Baby” v. the “Inauthentic”

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It’s a farce of an election, and the only thing that could make it bearable is The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. (Sorry Trevor Noah.) But, alas, Stewart retired from the show earlier this year, leaving us starving for some incisive comic relief.
But here’s a momentary respite.

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Edward Snowden & Jean-Michel Jarre Record a Techno Protest Song, “Exit”

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For his new album, Electronica Volume II: The Heart Of Noise, Jean-Michel Jarre, a pioneer in electronic and ambient music, collaborated on a recording with Edward Snowden, the former CIA computer analyst-turned-whistleblower. Cue up their song, “Exit,” above.
At first glance, it perhaps seems like an unlikely pairing.

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Spike Lee Directs, “Wake Up,” a Five-Minute Campaign Film for Bernie Sanders

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Earlier this month Spike Lee and Bernie Sanders, two Brooklyn natives, sat down and talked about politics and the state of our nation. Now, with the New York primary right around the corner, Spike drew on his filmmaking talents and directed a five-minute political campaign film for Bernie.

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Spike Lee Interviews Bernie Sanders: Two Guys from Brooklyn Talk About Education, Inequality & More

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With the New York primary coming up, Spike Lee and Bernie Sanders–the filmmaker and the politician–sat down and talked about politics and the state of our nation.

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Michio Kaku & Noam Chomsky School Moon Landing and 9/11 Conspiracy Theorists

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Who really killed John F. Kennedy? Did America really land on the moon? What really brought down the Twin Towers? Few modern phenomena possess the sheer fascination quotient of conspiracy theories.

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Orson Welles Narrates an Animated Parable About How Xenophobia & Greed Will Put America Into Decline (1971)

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More than 40 years and seven presidential administrations have passed since Orson Welles narrated Freedom River. And although it shows signs of age, the animated film, a parable about the role of immigration, race, and wealth in America, still resonates today.

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