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How a Movie Shot in the San Fernando Valley Made Us All The Karate Kid

click to enlarge Thirty years ago, a wise man from Okinawa taught the world - or at least the children of the…
PUBLISHED: June 17, 2014
LENGTH: 7 minutes (1990 words)

The Turning Point: New Hope for the Climate

Former US Vice President Al Gore Anthony Harvey/Getty Images for Free The Children
PUBLISHED: June 18, 2014
LENGTH: 5 minutes (1466 words)

It's Too Easy to Kill Pedestrians in New York City

Five days after two Upper West Side residents were struck and killed by moving vehicles, their deaths separated by two blocks and 30 minutes, the sidewalk at 97th Street and West End Avenue is so…
PUBLISHED: Feb. 6, 2014
LENGTH: 15 minutes (3827 words)

Natalie Maines: A Dixie Chick Declares War on Nashville

Natalie Maines Mark Seliger
PUBLISHED: June 6, 2013
LENGTH: 6 minutes (1726 words)

How to Solve Homelessness: The Mundane Miracles of The Doe Fund

The next mayor of New York City will not be George McDonald, though George McDonald is running for mayor. That's OK. George McDonald is already better than any mayor has ever been at addressing the…
PUBLISHED: Feb. 7, 2013
LENGTH: 9 minutes (2370 words)

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The players at Table 25 fought first over the choice of pawns. Doug Herold, a forty-four-year-old real estate appraiser, settled on the car. The player across from him, a shark-eyed IT recruiter…
LENGTH: 24 minutes (6160 words)

Lloyd Kaufman: The Toxic Director

This could be the most important day of Zac Amico's life. Or it could be nothing, just an awkward memory of the time the self-described "fat guy from New Jersey" got the chance to fulfill his junior…
PUBLISHED: July 5, 2012
LENGTH: 21 minutes (5401 words)

The Well-Hung Boy Next Door

It is a clement spring day in greater Los Angeles, and James Deen is driving through the soft green tumescences of the Calabasas hills on his way to a pornographic-movie shoot. If Deen…
LENGTH: 29 minutes (7337 words)

The BP Cover-Up

Read also: The rest of this special report and MoJo's complete BP coverage. WE'RE SWINGING ON ANCHOR this afternoon as powerful bursts of wind blow down through the Makua Valley and out to sea. The…
LENGTH: 6 minutes (1656 words)