North Korean Threats, History of the Negro League, Gun Control Debate

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Friday, April 12, 2013

New Movie Releases: "The Place Beyond the Pines" and "42" | On the Ground in South Korea | Senate Will Debate Gun Control Proposal | Navigating Portland's Food Culture with Nine-Year-Olds | Jackie Robinson, and the End of Negro League Baseball | The Art and Science of the Public Comeback

The Art and Science of the Public Comeback

Anthony Weiner is not the only public figure who has recently tried to clean-up his image and restore his career. Earlier this month, as Tiger Woods reclaimed his number one World Golf Ranking spot, Nike published an ad with a photo of woods captioned: “Winning takes care of everything.” Around the same time, former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford marked his return to politics, winning a sixteen-way Republican primary for a congressional seat in South Carolina's 1st District. This all as fallen cycling superstar Lance Armstrong announced plans to compete in a masters swim meet in Austin. Dorie Clark, “Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future” describes the ethics, etiquette and personal branding strategies of image rehabilitation.

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On the Ground in South Korea

After a week of aggressive threats from North Korea, Pyongyang continues to warn of an imminent missile test, possibly on Monday, the birthday of Kim Il-sung, the late founder of North Korea. This week, the BBC’s Dan Damon has been hosting his program "World Update" from South Korea. Dan traveled to the banks of the Imjin River, at the border between North and South where he found a range of perspectives on Peninsula’s conflict.

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Jackie Robinson, and the End of Negro League Baseball

The new movie “42” tells the story of Jackie Robinson, and the integration of Major League Baseball. But it opens with the Negro League, in which Jackie Robinson and other talented black baseball players were relegated to compete. What was it like to play in the Negro League? And how was Jackie Robinson’s acceptance into MLB also the beginning of the end for the Negro League?

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Senate Will Debate Gun Control Proposal

The Senate overcame the threat of a filibuster to begin a debate on gun control yesterday, but the future of this legislation is uncertain. Tom Diaz, policy analyst for the Violence Policy Center and the author of "The Last Gun," explores the possibilities for the future of gun control in Congress.

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New Movie Releases: "The Place Beyond the Pines" and "42"

The Takeaway's Movie Date team, Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman, review this week's major releases. On the roster this week:“42,” which celebrates Jackie Robinson and the integration of Major League Baseball; and “The Place Beyond the Pines,” a family and crime epic starring Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes, and Bradley Cooper.

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Navigating Portland's Food Culture with Nine-Year-Olds

We’re in Portland this week, and there’s a lot to love in this town when it comes to food: food trucks, farmers markets, artisanal cheese, artisanal everything. It's hard to know where to begin. After all, who's a food snob, and who's a food lover? Enter Leo and Soren Westrey, the nine-year-old food bloggers behind kidchowpdx.com.

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