Wednesday watch: 13th

Ava DuVernay’s 13th is a sobering and necessary look at the throughline from slavery to mass incarceration. DuVernay’s stellar group of experts, including Angela Davis, Michelle Alexander, Bryan Stevenson and Van Jones, walk you through the steps from slavery to Jim Crow to the exploding prison-industrial complex and the devastating impact it’s had on communities of color. There’s also a chilling segment on Donald Trump that is required viewing for anyone who doesn’t understand why so many communities are terrified at his election victory.

Check out the trailer below, and watch the whole film on Netflix.

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Weekend reading

What the obsession with Lena Dunham’s nudity on Girls says about views on women’s bodies.

The tragic shooting in a Florida movie theater has nothing to do with texting and everything to do with guns, men and violence.

Congress moves to make drone strike policy less transparent–in secret.

In your weekly inappropriate comparisons to slavery roundup, food stamps and starring in The Hunger Games.