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Undercover catcher

Documentary | The Spy Behind Home Plate tells the story of a highly talented but unhappy ballplayer
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 9/12/19, 04:32 pm

The Golden Age of Baseball conjures up black-and-white images of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. Another player of the 1920s and 1930s is not most recognizable but is arguably most enigmatic.

Moe Berg played on five major league teams over 15 years, mostly as a catcher. But as the title of a recent documentary, The Spy Behind Home Plate, foretells, Berg wasn’t known only for his rocket arm.

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When China came to Ohio

Documentary | American Factory spotlights a clash between Chinese and American work culture
by Marty VanDriel
Posted 9/12/19, 04:11 pm

When General Motors Co. in 2008 shuttered a factory near Dayton, Ohio, thousands of workers lost high-paying union jobs. Eight years later, a Chinese glass manufacturer reopened part of the plant, bringing new employment but a very different work culture. The new Netflix documentary American Factory is a fascinating and evenhanded look at the stark differences between American and Chinese work life.

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‘Never would have made it’

Music | Justin Bieber says God brought him through his darkest days yet
by Lynde Langdon
Posted 9/06/19, 04:42 pm

Four years have passed since Justin Bieber put out a studio album, and it has been a decade since he skyrocketed to fame as a teen singing phenom. But a YouGov poll of more than 7,000 people from July 2018 to July 2019 found Bieber is still America’s No. 2 most recognizable pop musician, second only to the late Michael Jackson.

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