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    • How Game of Thrones Changed George R.R. Martin's World

    • By: Steven Cohen
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
    • Length: 6 mins
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    Cersei Lannister may have been onto something: In the end, it did feel pretty good. Season 6 of Game of Thrones was brutal. It hacked through plotlines and characters with abandon, and served up the resulting carnage in great, steaming heaps. But you can’t say it didn’t satisfy. Out of deference to the now truly Late Lord Frey, let’s table the question of how the meat pie was made, and savor the taste for a moment.

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    • The Republican Party Has Given Up on Hispanics

    • By: Steven Cohen
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
    • Length: 6 mins
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    Neither Rick Santorum nor Senator Lindsey Graham is likely to win the Republican nomination for president, much less the presidency itself.

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    • Brazil's Long History of Faking Progress

    • By: Steven Cohen
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
    • Length: 10 mins
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    The old Brazilian saying, “Só para inglês ver,” started off as a literal description. In 1831, Great Britain, the world’s dominant maritime force, pressured Brazil into outlawing the slave trade. Brazil’s slavers had no intention of agreeing to such an unreasonable restriction, but appeasement accomplished the same thing as resistance, without the risk of open conflict. So the law stayed on the books, as Brazil continued to import more slaves than it had in previous decades.

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    • The Labor Movement Needs to Take a Side on Criminal Justice Reform

    • By: Steven Cohen
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
    • Length: 8 mins
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    Protesters were still marching through the streets of Ferguson last when AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka got up to speak at the labor federation’s state convention in nearby St. Louis.

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    • Was El Chapo’s Extradition a Gift to Donald Trump?

    • By: Steven Cohen
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
    • Length: 9 mins
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    Theories abound about the suspicious timing of the drug lord’s extradition. But the real story is the information El Chapo might spill.

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    • What Narcos Still Gets Wrong About the War on Drugs?

    • By: Steven Cohen
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
    • Length: 13 mins
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    One time in Medellin, I got my hair cut by a woman who swore that Pablo Escobar, the notorious Colombian drug lord, was still alive. She had spotted him a few years back, reading a newspaper in his childhood stomping grounds of Envigado. How could she be sure it was him? Escobar, his sicarios, and their female escorts used to frequent her old salon in Laureles.

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    • What 'Narcos' Gets Wrong about the War on Drugs

    • By: Steven Cohen
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
    • Length: 12 mins
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    Narcos chronicles the rise of the Medellin Cartel and the U.S.-led manhunt to bring down its notorious kingpin, Pablo Escobar. Over the course of the next nine episodes, you keep waiting for it to find something more meaningful to say about this incredibly traumatic period in Colombian history than, “Morality - who the fuck knows, anyway?” Instead, the show speeds through a relentless “inspired by true events” succession of kidnapping, torture, rape, and murder with the same even-toned ambivalence as its aloof protagonist-narrator. “Life,” cautions Murphy, standing outside the Bogota nightclub, “is more complicated than you think.” Narcos, unfortunately, is not.

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    • How Digital Media Unionization Can - and Can’t - Strengthen the Labor Movement

    • By: Steven Cohen
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
    • Length: 13 mins
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    Journalists like writing about journalism, so the dimensions of the industry’s decline are no secret.

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    • The Covert Roots of the Panama Papers

    • By: Steven Cohen
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
    • Length: 9 mins
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    It should come as no surprise that the CIA’s finances are a secret. One of the rare glimpses into the agency’s funding came when Edward Snowden leaked a copy of the intelligence “black budget” to The Washington Post in 2013. But if history is any indication, the CIA may well have resources that don’t appear on any congressional document, highly classified or otherwise. Covert operations, by their very nature, often require access to off-the-books funding.

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    • The Immigration Debate We're Not Having

    • By: Steven Cohen
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
    • Length: 9 mins
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    At a town hall in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday night, Donald Trump once again promised to build a great and “beautiful” wall along the entire length of the United States’s southern border, paid for by the generous people of Mexico. At a separate town hall in Charleston, his closest rival for the GOP presidential nomination, Ted Cruz, bragged about having bravely led the fight to sink bipartisan immigration reform back in 2013.

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    • When Castro Came to Harlem

    • By: Steven Cohen
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
    • Length: 10 mins
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    On September 18, 1960, four months before the US severed diplomatic relations with Cuba and 56 years before Barack Obama would become the first sitting American president in almost a century to step foot on Cuban soil, Fidel Castro arrived in New York City for the 15th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

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    • For Colombia, After Peace Is When the Trouble Begins

    • By: Steven Cohen
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
    • Length: 8 mins
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    The Colombian government’s self-imposed deadline for a final peace agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebel group came and went last week - along with the prospect of a celebratory photo-op for the history books with U.S. President Barack Obama, who was visiting Havana, the site of the talks, at the time, and has lent consistent support to a peace process that has gone on for three years.

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    • Bernie Sanders Is Not a One-Issue Candidate

    • By: Steven Cohen
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
    • Length: 8 mins
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    Bernie Sanders only has one issue. The pundits have been telling us so all along, and the Vermont senator even admitted it himself during the last Democratic debate. “[Former] Secretary [of State Hillary] Clinton says I’m a one-issue person - well, I guess so,” said Sanders, after months of dancing around the accusation. “My one issue is trying to rebuild a disappearing middle class. That’s my one issue.”

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    • Steve King Is the Happiest Man in Iowa

    • By: Steven Cohen
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
    • Length: 8 mins
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    Steve King could not hold back the tears Monday night as Ted Cruz, the Iowa congressman’s anointed presidential candidate, stood at the podium in Des Moines and triumphantly rambled about Jesus, “courageous conservatives,” and the nebulous menace of something called the Washington Cartel. Others - Senator Cruz first among them - may be able to stake more immediate claims to victory on Monday, but no one had a better caucus night than King did.

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    • The Ugly, Offensive Year in Immigration Politics

    • By: Steven Cohen
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
    • Length: 12 mins
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    The year in immigration politics began badly and finished up even worse. On a warm Saturday in late January of 2015 (warm for January, anyway), 1,500 of Iowa’s most committed right-wing activists descended on the Hoyt Sherman Place hotel in Des Moines for the first ever Iowa Freedom Summit. House Representative Steve King, Congress’s most aggressively bigoted anti-immigration crusader, was the host.

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    • The Ugly Cynicism of Obama's Declassification Diplomacy

    • By: Steven Cohen
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
    • Length: 12 mins
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    “I don’t want to go through the list of every activity of the United States in Latin America over the last 100 years,” said President Barack Obama. This was his way of responding to a question from La Nación’s Martín Dinatale, who asked Obama during his trip to Argentina this week how he would characterize the role the United States played in South America’s Southern Cone dictatorships of the 1970s.

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