Today's Takeaway | March 6, 2013

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Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Chavez's Death Leaves A Divided Venezuela | Beau Willimon on Hollywood and "House of Cards" | President Obama Pushes to Diverisfy the Judiciary | Investing in Girls' Education in the Developing World | 'Gun Guys' Challenges the Stereotypes about Firearms and Those Who Love Them

Chavez's Death Leaves A Divided Venezuela

Hugo Chavez, Venezuela’s deeply polarizing president, died Tuesday.  He was 58. His death leaves open questions about the future of the country-- and about the real impact of his legacy. Hannah Strange is Latin American Correspondent for the London Times; Phil Gunson is a Caracas based freelance journalist, who writes for The Economist; and Elio Aponte is founder of the Organizacion de Venezolanos en Exilo.

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Beau Willimon on Hollywood and "House of Cards"

The new drama "House of Cards" is getting plenty of attention, for a number of reasons. First, because it was produced by the video streaming service Netflix exclusively on their site. Second, because it was developed specifically to suit the tastes of Netflix customers, based on their metrics. And third, because the Kevin Spacey led series is smart, well-written, and gripping. "House of Cards" creator, writer, and producer Beau Willimon sheds light on how the show was made, and what it means for the future of entertainment.

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More Reasons to Cancel Cable

As Netflix rolls out original programming like "House of Cards," it's taken the spotlight as a competitor to traditional cable networks.  Soon however,  the network will have additional competition from the likes of Amazon and Microsoft's X-box, as well as other providers. 
Brian Stelter, media reporter for our partner The New York Times, says that online programming is likely the future of television -- and that cable networks should be wary.

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President Obama Pushes to Diversify Judiciary

In the past several months, President Obama has been making a quiet push to change the face of the nation's judicial system with a slow and steady stream of diverse nominees for federal courts.  In Florida, he's nominated the first openly gay black man to serve on federal district court.  In New York, he nominated the first Asian American lesbian. And in DC, he's nominated the first South Asian to sit on the US Court of Appeals.  Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund explains what hurdles these candidates may face and what potential these nominations represent.

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Investing in Girls' Education in the Developing World

A new film explores the lives of 9 young girls from across the developing world. It argues that investing in young girls’ education is the key, not only to enriching their lives, but to eradicating poverty. Richard Robbins is director of "Girl Rising," and Holly Gordon is executive director of 10x10, a global campaign to educate and empower girls.


'Gun Guys' Challenges the Stereotypes about Firearms and Those Who Love Them

The classic American "gun guy" is shotgun-toting John Wayne, riding his way through cowboy movies like "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon," "El Dorado," and "True Grit."  Author Dan Baum describes himself as more of a Woody Allen than a John Wayne, and yet he has loved guns since his first successful shoot at the age of five. Baum describes his unlikely passion for firearms in his new book, "Gun Guys: A Road Trip."

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