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Russia-Ukraine: far more complicated than it appears

The candle taking up the proverbial oxygen in the room right now is obviously the Russian invasion of Ukraine. We have all been inundated with stories of incredible resolve by the Ukrainian people but also horrible atrocities committed in the name of the Russian oligarch, Vladimir Putin. Many lay Americans …

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Throwback Rotten Bananas: ‘James and the Giant Peach’

Roald Dahl’s engaging stories for young people have been adapted and retold multiple times, but none quite as charming as “James and the Giant Peach.” The film, directed by Henry Selick, stars former child actor Paul Terry as the titular character with an ensemble cast filling out the other roles. …

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Don’t wait to lean in; live your career now

This past week, I had the wonderful opportunity to sit down with professional composer Stephanie Ann Boyd, and our chat was positively eye opening. The greatest piece of advice she had to offer was “start now,” and “it gets easier later.” Any time you meet someone who is wildly successful …

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Root Coffeehouse hosts open mic night

Michael Brewer sings and plays a guitar at Root Coffeehouse’s Open Mic Night on Feb. 18. Root Coffeehouse plans on making open mic nights a common event at their shop on Broadway St. Caleb Oswell According to Andra Stefanoni, co-owner of Root Coffeehouse, the establishment is a gathering place. Now …

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Rotten Bananas: ‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’

Comedians doing commentary on politics is absolutely nothing new. Late night talk shows are renowned for this practice, but none do it quite like John Oliver. The show, created by British-American comedian and actor John Oliver, features the comedian commenting on the issues of our time. He has covered a …

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NFTs are far more dangerous than they appear

The next big fad that has been a prominent part of the cultural zeitgeist in the past year or so is the phenomenon of NFTs, or non-fungible tokens. Like many topics that are talked about to death like a dead horse, the actual definition of “NFT” has been fluid, at …

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Rotten Bananas: What’s the deal with ‘Euphoria?’

HBO is known for its treasure trove of original series going back to “The Wire” and “The Sopranos.” However, a series in the modern era has taken popular culture by storm. “Euphoria” is not a new show either. It’s also a show that should be watched warily. The series, created …

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Rotten Bananas: ‘Attack on Titan’

Anime is a medium dedicated to representing the action-packed pages of Japanese comics called “manga.” An incredible adaptation of this super-charged action is none other than “Attack on Titan.” The series, based on the manga by Hajime Isayama, follows the story of Eren Jaeger, a ferocious and rebellious boy living …

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We need to get serious about climate change

You have been inundated with propaganda about climate change for most of your life, I would venture to say. I don’t mean that it isn’t happening because it very much is. I mean that there exists propaganda that attempts to obfuscate the true culprits of this accelerated destruction of our …

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Our society is obsessed with gender, in a bad, bad way

To quote author and science content creator Hank Green, “Gender is one of the oldest systems for controlling groups of people…” Green is absolutely correct. Gender, like money and borders, is a social construct and the history of gender throughout society quickly reveals just how far the gender rabbit hole …

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