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Barbie Computer Engineer Story Withdrawn After Sexism Row
Alison Flood, The Guardian | Barbie Computer Engineer Story | November 21, 2014

All future Barbie titles “will be written to inspire girls’ imaginations and portray an empowered Barbie character”, Barbie manufacturer Mattel has said, after apologising for the Barbie I Can Be A Computer Engineer book and pulling the problematic title from online sale...

Mike Nichols, Celebrated Director, Dies At 83
Bruce Weber, The New York Times | Mike Nichols, R.I.P. | November 21, 2014

Mike Nichols, one of America’s most celebrated directors, whose long, protean résumé of critic- and crowd-pleasing work earned him adulation both on Broadway and in Hollywood, died on Wednesday in Manhattan. He was 83...

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Garry Trudeau On Bringing His Political
Interview with Jim Rutenberg, The New York Times | GBT Interview Re 'Alpha House' | November 12, 2014

The creator of Doonesbury and “Alpha House” talks with Jim Rutenberg about his change of heart on Reagan and what’s inside Obama’s brain...

Even On Political Sitcoms, Entertainment, Not Politics, Comes First
Alyssa Kleven, MyNorthwest / Dave Ross | GBT Radio Interview | November 1, 2014

Trudeau credits the show's cast with providing the heart of the comedy. "These actors are unbelievable. They're getting three laughs for every one that's on the page."

Listen to interview here...

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