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AirTalk for August 1, 2013

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Cheryl Boone Isaacs is the first African-American to become Academy President
Tuesday night at a meeting of the leadership of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the governing body that runs the Oscars, the group of 48 board members selected Cheryl Boone Isaacs to be the organizations next president. Isaacs will be the first-ever African American leader, and the first woman to lead the organization in more than 30 years.
Silence is Golden

Should movie tickets be priced on a sliding scale?

In the interest of preventing an implosion of the film industry, some have suggested using variable pricing for movie tickets—charging more for movies that are more popular and less for those that already aren’t expected to make much at the box office. Is variable pricing for movies a good idea? Would you be willing to see a bad movie because the ticket costs less?
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NSA leaker Edward Snowden has been granted a one year temporary asylum in Russia, and on Thursday he finally left the transit zone of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport.
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Gender politics at the Federal Reserve?

Replacing Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke is arguably the most important economic decision President Barack Obama is facing this year. One favored contender is Janet Yellen, currently the Fed's vice chairwoman. But despite her laurels, recently a fellow Fed chair suggested the choice of Yellen may be driven by gender above all else.
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Is the term 'Caucasian' outdated?

As we strive for accuracy and cultural sensitivity, one group of people have kind of been left out in the cold: Caucasians. The problem is, it’s not at all accurate.
Lauderdale by the Sea
UC San Diego paleobiologist Richard Norris and his colleagues report on findings that hint that our current ocean ecosystems may soon resemble the oceans of 50 million years ago.
Lew Irwin’s “Deadly Times” chronicles a dark period of American history that many know little about. Between the years of 1907-1911 more than 200 bombings were carried out in the United States.
2013 Pro Bowl

The NFL’s Pro Bowl gets more than just a facelift

Professional football’s all-star game, the Pro Bowl, got a shot in the arm Wednesday when the NFL announced changes to the contest.

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