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Christopher M. Schroeder (SHS '82): Amazon and Uber lead U.S. tech charge into Middle East investment

Uber's $3.1 billion acquisition of Dubai-based Careem is its largest to date, and the second tech acquisition over $500 million in the Middle East by a U.S. tech giant.

Why it matters:U.S. tech leaders are eyeing investments in the Middle Eastern startup community as a way to achieve rapid scale in a large, young and increasingly affluent market.

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Meet NPR National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson (SHS '73)

Mara Liasson (SHS '73) is a national political correspondent for NPR, and a contributor to FOX News. Regular NPR listeners will often hear her stories and reports on Morning Edition and All Things Considered. She covers politics and policy from Washington, DC — focusing on the White House and Congress — and also reports on national political trends. 

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Don't Miss Deadwood: Reunion Movie Premiere - Executive producer Carolyn Strauss (SHS 1981)

This town is a sanctuary.” HBO just released the premiere date and a new teaser for their upcoming Deadwood movie.

The TV movie will be a follow-up to the HBO series, which ended in 2006. Returning cast members include Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker, Paula Malcolmson, Kim Dickens, Brad Dourif, Anna Gunn, and John Hawkes.

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Barbara Kopple (SHS '64) to exec produce Maria Finitzo’s “The Dilemma of Desire”

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple is to executive produce a forthcoming feature-length documentary film that advocates for the democratization of sexual pleasure.

Helmed by Peabody Award-winning director Maria Finitzo and Chicago production outfit Kartemquin Films, The Dilemma of Desire will explore the “clash between the power of gender politics and the equally powerful imperatives of female sexual desire.”

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How Aaron Sorkin (SHS '95) ignored his own doubts to write a new ‘To Kill a Mockingbird

Aaron Sorkin gets that the question is a joke and, no, he responds, he didn’t tackle a stage version of “To Kill A Mockingbird” because “Gone With the Wind” wasn’t available.

“Scott Rudin called me about three years ago and said ‘I got something exciting I want to talk to you about,'” Sorkin said in a telephone interview. “Every time Scott starts a conversation with ‘I got something exciting,’ I end up being excited, too.”

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Don't Miss Peggy Reich (SHS '76) Upcoming Concert Jewish Musical Reflections

Don't Miss Peggy Reich (SHS '76) Upcoming Concert Jewish Musical Reflections this Sunday, March 31st at 2:00pm. 

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Jon Stahl's (SHS '92) new book Dragons Eat Noodles on Tuesdays now available

Dragons Eat Noodles on Tuesdays, written by Jon Stahl (SHS '92), illustrated by Tadgh Bentley (Scholastic, 2019; ages 4-8) is now available on Amazon and bookstores everywhere.

"Once upon a time," begins the big blue monster who is trying to tell a fabulous story. "It needs to be about a kid who is eaten by a dragon," he insists...

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Watch Jon Stahl's (SHS '92) feature documentary, JACOB, about the uber-prolific Jacob M. Appel (SHS '92)

Watch SHS '92 grad Jon Stahl's feature documentary, JACOB, about fellow '92 grad, the uber-prolific Jacob M. Appel, on the big screen as part of the NewFilmmakers NY series on Wednesday, April 24th at 8:30 p.m. at Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue (at 2nd Street). Q&A to follow the screening.

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NPR's Nina Totenberg (SHS '62) on the Campbell Conversations

NPR's Nina Totenberg joined NPR in 1975 and has covered the Supreme Court in the decades since. This week, Grant Reeher speaks with Totenberg about her career, as well as the polarized politics surrounding judicial nominations, the Supreme Court, and Brett Kavanaugh. They also discuss a very special violin.

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Alison Knowles (SHS '51) with Carolee Schneemann

I am saddened by the sudden loss, yesterday, of Carolee. What you see here is a conversation we had recently. Coincidentally, it was destined for publication today. I am grateful for this last meeting with my long time friend.

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