R.I.P.

If you weren't familiar with the 93-year-old legend, here are the three movies to watch.

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A fascinating and obscure scholarly paper on Pete Seeger shows how he went from New Deal hero to McCarthy era untouchable to sixties radical icon to above-politics national icon.    

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What can a modern inventor learn from Kalashnikov?

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Remembering a brief encounter with the self-destructive, life-affirming star.

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Ariel Dorfman on talking to Nelson Mandela About his Parents, spousal abuse, and pain

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Media hype aside, the scene outside Nelson Mandela's house was not that dramatic. That's because he turned South Africa into a normal country.

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He was a hero who ranks with Abraham Lincoln. But he left a more ambivalent legacy, too.

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The easiest point to make about Tom Clancy, who died on Tuesday at the age of 66, is that he was a mediocre writer who penned books with noxious political messages. But he was more interesting than that, even if only as a totemic cultural figure. I haven't read any of his nonfictional output, which mostly deals with military matters, especially the physical details of American military hardware.

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On Wednesday, LGBT activist Alexey Davydov was supposed to take part in a protest against the Sochi Olympics but had to go to the hospital instead. Last night, he slipped into a coma. This morning, he was gone. 

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The Irony Lady

Margaret Thatcher's fluctuating foreign policy

Margaret Thatcher's foreign policy fluctated wildly.

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