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“Freedom Riders: American Experience” celebrates a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights movement

by Karl J. Paloucek Usually, when buses are mentioned in conjunction with the Civil Rights movement, the image of Rosa Parks comes to mind. PBS commemorates a different anniversary of mass transit’s role in social change when it presents Freedom Riders: American Experience May 16. The film, produced, written and directed by Stanley Nelson, tells the story of how, over the course of six months in 1961, 400 black and white Americans boarded buses and risked arrest, beatings and death by traveling together on buses and trains through the Deep South, in deliberately peaceful violation of the Jim Crow laws. […]

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Osama bin Laden’s DVR foreshadows his death

By Tom Comi After 10 years of searching for al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden by various agencies, many Americans had probably given up hope that he would ever be captured. But a lot can be determined by looking at a person’s TV-viewing habits, and the recently discovered DVR found at bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan suggests he knew the end was near. Channel Guide Magazine was able to obtain the DVR through top-secret sources*, and it turns out that the world’s most wanted man was quite the fan of American television. Here are some of the shows that he had […]

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White House dinner becomes Trump roast

If timing was Donald Trump’s forte, he most likely would have waited until after the White House Correspondents’ Dinner this past weekend to launch his one-man crusade against President Obama. But because it apparently isn’t, he ended up being the butt of most of the jokes usually reserved for political figures. The president, fellow politicians, members of the media and celebrities gather every year to roast Washington’s elite (C-SPAN provides TV coverage), and members of both parties always take their share of jabs. But Trump himself — who for some odd reason accepted an invitation to attend this year’s affair […]