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Insights & Influence with jazz musician Ben Jaffe

Ben Jaffe is the director of the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band – named after the famed concert hall in New Orleans, Preservation Hall, located in the historic French Quarter. He ...
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Insights & Influence with Allison Raskin

Comedian Allison Raskin grew up in Scarsdale, New York and then moved across the country to get a BFA in screenwriting from USC (her parents are still recovering). She performs improv ...
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Insights & Influence with filmmaker Tim Mahoney

One of the biggest mysteries of the ancient world is the question of whether the historical events recorded in the Bible actually happened. For more than 50 years, the vast majority ...
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Insights & Influence with musician Chris Brown

Multi-instrumentalist and music producer Hugh Christopher “Chris” Brown has performed and recorded for many stellar artists including Ani DiFranco,  Barenaked Ladies, ...
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Year One: a movie review

My wife Karen and I were flipping through NetFlix to see what we could watch on our date night New Years. We stumbled upon a movie we’d never heard of before, 2009’s Year One by ...
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The science of Santa, explained

Even since jolly ol’ St. Nick began his annual global sleigh trek across the sky, and slid into homes, people have been asking: how does he do it? I mean, how is it possible he can ...
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Selfie-lanthropy: is it ok to self-promote when you give?

For as long as charitable giving has been around, there have always been voices for keeping acts of charity private. After all, private giving is intimate and pure. Nobody knows about ...
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The world needs less Cosby, and more Alice

As recent media coverage of Bill Cosby approaches the near saturation point, my mind keeps drifting back to this article I published in the Toronto Star almost 30 years ago (see below). ...
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Insights & Influence with Neshama Carlebach

Neshama Carlebach is a leading superstar in Jewish entertainment, continuing the legacy established by her father, minstrel Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. Like her father, Neshama’s ...
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Who should we believe in the Ghomeshi scandal?

For the past week, former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi has become the most famous Canadian in Canada. Or rather, infamous. He was fired by the network a week ago, because of allegations ...
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