Simpson Family Values

Simpson Family Values
In anticipation of the July 2007 release of “The Simpsons Movie,” this article provides a “behind-the-cels oral history from the TV show’s voices, writers, animators, and ultimate boss — Rupert Murdoch.” Also includes links to a Q&A with former Simpsons writer Conan O’Brien and picks for the ten funniest Simpsons episodes. An expanded website feature from Vanity Fair magazine.

Citation copyright 2007 by Librarians’ Internet Index.

The CIA’s Family Jewels

There has recently been a flap about new documents released by the CIA that outline some activities in the 50s, 60s, and 70s that stepped outside of the CIA charter, so I thought I’d pass along a few sources that might be useful in adding context to this issue.

First, this NPR story, “CIA Releases 700 Pages of ‘Family Jewels’,” discusses the released documents.

Second, the site Central Intelligence Agency: FOIA Electronic Reading Room provides “an overview of access to CIA information, including electronic access to previously released documents.”

Finally, the library offers a number of items from our collection on the subject heading: Central Intelligence Agency that might be of interest.

English as a Second Language Research Guide

Laura and Delphine have worked to update the English as a Second Language Research Guide. This guide is meant to assist those who are learning to speak, write and read English. The first section, Materials in the MVCC Library, directs the learner to materials here at the college. Many of these materials are cassettes or videocassettes and may be checked out of the library. The second section, Websites (language practice, games, grammar, pronunciation, etc.), has links to some interesting Web sites for individual learning opportunities.

Close to Slavery: Guestworker Programs in the United States

Close to Slavery: Guestworker Programs in the United States
This report outlines concerns with the U.S. guestworker program for unskilled laborers (called the H-2 program), such as “Holding the ‘Deportation Card'” (imbalance of power between employer and worker), wage and hour abuses, contract violations, and denial of medical benefits for on-the-job injuries. Provides recommendations for improving the guestworker program, which the report finds is “inherently abusive and should not be expanded in the name of immigration reform.” From the Southern Poverty Law Center.
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Chicago Matters: Beyond Borders

Chicago Public Library and Chicago Public Radio present this year’s Chicago Matters, Beyond Borders, which explores “how immigrant integration is actually working in the region ? at the official and the everyday level, and reveal the conflicts and connections happening within the process.”

Visit the Chicago Matters Web site and click on the interactive calendar to be taken to pages where you can listen to the audio from the radio programs.

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