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Wisdom on ice
June 21st, 2013
01:21 PM ET

Wisdom on ice

Hosted by Michael Schulder

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Editor's Note: Listen to the full interview in our player above, and join the conversation in our comments section below.

(CNN) - When it comes to hockey, my brain is like an ice rink that has just been cleared by a Zamboni.

I don't have a single groove of knowledge.

Just a big smooth slippery surface.

I'm tired of living this way.

The tipping point came the other night when my 9-year-old daughter and I were channel surfing and stumbled upon the game 3 sudden death overtime of the Stanley Cup Finals.

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The heart of James Gandolfini
James Gandolfini in the 2012 film, "Violet & Daisy," directed by Geoffrey Fletcher.
June 20th, 2013
01:35 PM ET

The heart of James Gandolfini

By Michael Schulder

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Editor's Note: Listen to our full interview with director Geoffrey Fletcher, with whom Gandolfini recently worked.

(CNN) – Imagine James Gandolfini as a man who is weary of the world – resigned to the fact that his remaining days will be filled with regret and longing. And yet, despite the resignation to his unhappiness, he still has embers of his humanity burning. He is not passive. He is trying to make things right until the very end.

This is not the James Gandolfini of HBO's "The Sopranos." It is the James Gandolfini of the new movie, "Violet & Daisy," one of his last projects.

He plays a character with no name – who spends much of his time in a comfortable chair waiting to be killed. FULL POST

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CNN Profiles: Who's guarding the guardians?
The National Security Agency may be the focus of controversy about privacy and data-mining, but the issues don't just involve the federal government.
June 14th, 2013
09:59 AM ET

CNN Profiles: Who's guarding the guardians?

Hosted by Michael Schulder

Follow Michael at: www.wavemaker.me

Editor's Note: Listen to the full interview in our player above, and join the conversation in our comments section below.

(CNN) – Do you remember when Google predicted the spread of the H1N1 flu throughout the U.S. more accurately and more quickly than the Centers for Disease Control did? Neither did I, until I started reading the new book, "Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think."

“Like the CDC,” write the authors, “they could tell where the flu had spread, but unlike the CDC they could tell it in near real time, not a week or two after the fact.”

Now that we have a great example of how much good internet giants can do – monitoring and storing our every click, our every phone call – we can get to the issue of the day: the leaks by a young computer analyst named Edward Snowden that revealed the U.S. government’s National Security Agency was gathering and storing far more of our online behavior and cell phone calls than we ever imagined. FULL POST

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Geoffrey Fletcher's f-stop magic
"Precious" screenwriter, Geofrey Fletcher. His new film, "Violet and Daisy," follows two teenage girl assassins whose violent work takes an unexpected turn.
June 7th, 2013
01:45 PM ET

Geoffrey Fletcher's f-stop magic

Hosted by Michael Schulder

Follow Michael at: www.wavemaker.me

Editor's Note: Listen to the full interview in our player above, and join the conversation in our comments section below.

(CNN) – Dear Fellow Parents:

When Geoffrey Fletcher was about 13 years old his father sat down beside him to teach him about F-stops on a camera. F-stops help determine how much light gets through the lens.

That moment, of a father sharing a hobby with his son, came back to Geoffrey Fletcher during this CNN Profile and moved him, as it will most anyone who hears him recount it.

Fletcher’s dad died when Geoffrey was only 19. But a deep foundation of a secure, loving household for Geoffrey and his two brothers was well established.

That foundation must have helped Fletcher get through what was to come after he graduated from film school. FULL POST

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China's buying spree
Shuanghui is China's largest meat-processing company and it's trying to purchase US pork producer Smithfield Foods.
June 4th, 2013
04:32 PM ET

China's buying spree

By Barbara Hall, CNN

Editor's Note: Listen to the full story in our player above, and join the conversation in our comments section below.

(CNN) – For the past several years China has been on a spending spree. Chinese companies are working with their government to acquire assets all over the world. Things like technology companies, banks, ports and real estate.

But last week's announcement that a Chinese meat producer had agreed to buy Virginia-based Smithfield Foods raised more than a few eyebrows. That's because Smithfield is the world's largest processor of pork, selling ham, hot dogs and bacon under popular brand names like Armor and Farmland.

University of California-Irvine economist Peter Navarro worries that deals like this one help China gain too much control over the American economy:

[1:31] “We're getting deeper and deeper into debt with a country that doesn't have our best interests at heart. This is not Canada. This is not Great Britain. It's a country which is growing the biggest military in the world to challenge us .” FULL POST

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