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Dogma and Doubt — NPR Interview

NPR’s Renee Montagne interviews the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Doubt, A Parable, now adapted for film.  The film follows the story of Sister Aloysius (Meryl Streep) — an old-school, hard-as-nails, no-nonsense nun — who suspects Father Flynn (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) is sexually abusing the school’s first and only black student.

John Patrick Shanley On Dogma And ‘Doubt’ : NPR

Ella Taylor, on the other hand, is unimpressed, and has some excellent points.

Doubt Wags the Finger of Moral Relativism – Village Voice


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Five Films I Would Recommend to President-Elect Barack Obama

The ever-engaged Rev. Danny offers his suggestions for five films President-elect Obama might do well to view with respect to leadership and his coming ordeal.  (Some may surprise you.)
Rev. Danny Fisher: Five Films I Would Recommend to President-Elect Barack Obama


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Digital TV 101

By now, everyone who is tech savvy enough to get online has at least heard about the switch to digital TV signals that will take place at midnight on 02/17/09.  At that time all TV transmissions will go exclusively digital, and your old TV will go exclusively to snow — unless you are on cable or satellite, or have a converter.

South Carolina ETV has an excellent online explanation of digital TV. It explains about screen resolution, HDTV v. digital, and covers all you need to know to help you purchase a new set, or get a $40 coupon to help pay for a converter for your old analog TV. 

Let’s be very clear about this: if you have cable or satellite now, you do not need a new TV or a converter.  If you use an outside or a “rabbit ears” antenna, you do need a converter or a new TV.

Digital TV 101 – South Carolina ETV


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The Zen Of Punk Rock

What does punk rock have to do with Buddhism? “There’s a disdain for authority. There’s a strong sense that the individual is responsible for herself or for himself,” says Brad Warner, a bona fide punk rocker and ordained Zen master.

The former bassist of Ohio-based punk rock band Zero Defex is also the author of two books on the subject: Sit Down and Shut Up, which promises “Punk Rock commentaries on Buddha, God, truth, sex, death,” and Hardcore Zen, which explores Buddhism and punk’s overlapping approaches to rebellion.

Buddhism And The Zen Of Punk Rock : NPR Music


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Review: ‘Religulous’

…though he claims to be a seeker, someone who “has to find out” why believers believe, Maher sets out not after answers but cheap laughs that preach, so to speak, to the converted. Rather than talk to Bishop Desmond Tutu — hey, how much fun would that be? — he goes out and about, scouring the globe for people whose responses to his qualms will make facile cinema.  Review: ‘Religulous’ – Los Angeles Times