Michael Azmera

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The Best-Worst Phone...

<b>Weird Tube of the Day: The Best-Worst Phone Conversation in History of Cinema</b><p>Check out this awkwardly scripted dialogue scene from an unidentified …

The Price of Promise

The Golden State Warriors sure looked exciting in this year's playoffs — but building on their success may prove to be one of the NBA's trickiest …

Career Arc: Tim Duncan, Part 2

The Duncan Show has been many things over the past 16 years, but it has rarely, if ever, been boring<p><b>If you missed Part 1 of The Duncan Show</b> …

Career Arc: Superman

Tracking the Man of Steel's onscreen flight path<p>Superman has appeared in comics more or less continuously since 1938. This is how long that is: He’s …

A Showdown in San Antonio: What We’ve Learned About Heat-Spurs So Far and What to Look for in Game 5

Only Game 1 of these NBA Finals has unfolded the way many of us expected the series would — with two teams leveraging their very different strengths …

Rubio's angling prompts Gang of Eight angst

The Senate’s Gang of Eight is out in force to sell its immigration bill to the public, minus one pivotal member: Marco Rubio.<p>The Florida Republican has spent hours strategizing in private with the bipartisan group of senators, but he hasn’t appeared in public with them since late April — nixing …

Bill Simmons on the authenticity of television: "TV is like professional wrestling—you need to

Bill Simmons on the authenticity of television: "TV is like professional wrestling—you need to have good moves, but you also have to sell everyone …

Allen Iverson Accused By Ex-Wife Of Abducting His Children

Well, shit. The story of Allen Iverson's post-NBA life just keeps getting sadder and sadder. According to TMZ, Iverson's ex-wife, Tawanna Iverson, …

Water Wars: Who Controls The Flow?

So often, we take water for granted. We turn on the faucet and there it is. We assume it's our right in America to have water. And yet, water is a resource. It's not always where we need it, or there when we need it.<p>Rivers don't follow political boundaries — they flow through states and over …

Lebanon Feels The Pain Of Syrian War Spillover

<i>Weekend Edition Sunday</i> Host Rachel Martin talks to Michael Young, the opinion page editor of the Daily Star newspaper in Beirut, about the spillover of Syria's conflict into Lebanon.<p>Transcript<p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:<p>Now, let's focus in on Andrew Tabler's metaphor about that house at the end of the …

Who Will Control the Syrian Rebels’ Guns?

The Syrian opposition—in all its varied forms—has long asked that Barack Obama contribute more to its fight against President Bashar al-Assad than reprimands and non-lethal aid. (That category has included ready-to-eat meals of Western but not Syrian favorites like tortellini with cream sauce.) The …

Why The Internet’s Biggest Radio Station Just Came Down to Earth

This week, the Internet-radio service Pandora planted itself in South Dakotan soil. It bought an FM radio station in Rapid City. The station, KXMZ-FM (Hits 102.7, “Today’s hits without the rap”), serves the two hundred and fifty-fifth largest radio market in America. Its Facebook page highlights a …

Backblogged: Our Five Favorite Sentences of the Week

“We can let our ideals suffocate us or we can survive.” From “Time To Go Nuclear,” by Michael Specter.<p>“As the writers we return to—those with offspring and those without—have always known, any amount of mothering is enough to break your heart every day, and also to fill it.” From “Writers and the …

Out Loud: Confronting Suicide in Japan

This week in the magazine, Larissa MacFarquhar Profiles a Japanese Buddhist monk who offers counsel and aid to people contemplating suicide. Here, Macfarquhar talks with Sasha Weiss about the culture of suicide in Japan and how Ittetsu Nemoto’s belief in suffering as a path to self-knowledge has …

Thailand cracks down on monks living it up with luxuries

Thailand's national Buddhism body has announced it is monitoring monks for any inappropriate behavior following complaints prompted by a video …

Why Obama Now 'Owns Syria'

The far-ranging implications of the president's decision to provide arms to anti-Assad rebels<p>As he has done all along, Barack Obama is edging his way up to the precipice in Syria, and even now the president very much does not want to jump in--not into America's third major war in the past decade. …

The NSA Leaks and the Pentagon Papers: What's the Difference Between Edward Snowden and Daniel Ellsberg?

How we answer may say more about us than it does about either of them.<p>Reuters<p>Edward Snowden has so raised the hackles of members of Congress and political commentators, it's worth taking a minute to try to understand why. It can't just be his leaks -- no similar reaction greeted revelations by …

The Leadership Trait That Barack Obama and Dick Cheney Share

Though vastly different, both think more highly of their own judgment than any law.<p>Reuters<p>Due to their many differences, this trait has played itself out in very different ways.<p>Cheney was vice president, a job with few institutional means of directly affecting policy. So he "approached the levers …

Linking Home and Classroom, Oakland Bets on Community Schools

A district bleeding students every year has a new strategy: draw them in with a holistic education that brings academic and home life together.<p>Noah Berger/The Center for Investigative Reporting<p>Fremont High School's campus in gang-entrenched East Oakland is just three blocks away from International …

Why You Shouldn't Get Too Excited About Rouhani

The new president is technically a "moderate," but in Iran, that doesn't mean much.<p>Good riddance: The end of the Mahmoud Ahmadinejad era should be welcomed by all who want to see a free and democratic Iran and a peaceful resolution to the ongoing nuclear crisis with Tehran. But the election victory …

Challenging the Anti-Shame Zeitgeist

Despite a culture organizing to oppose shaming, it remains inevitable. But it doesn't have to ruin lives.<p>Ionics/Flickr<p>In response to a spate of teen suicides last year, a number of celebrities (Anne Hathaway, Justin Timberlake, Ellen DeGeneres, among others) used their visibility to castigate …

Watch the Throne: Let Them Eat Cake

Jay and Kanye's album was inevitable. But is it any good?<p>Kanye West’s astonishing rise can be heard in his enunciation. His debut album, <i>College</i> …