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Americans adopt thousands of children from overseas every year. Sometimes it doesn’t work out. And some of these families are advertising their adopted children online. Almost 100 people have died so far in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza, and Palestinian rockets continue to fall in Israel. Who are the extremist factions on both sides that have managed to turn the region into a war zone, yet again? In our weekly film segment, Fourth of July weekend was a bust, but a number of big movies are coming out this weekend. And what does it mean to be a film critic in the age of thumbs up/down and Rotten Tomatoes?

Banner Image: A father with his two adopted sons; Credit: Brendon Connelly

Re-homing Adopted Kids 15 MIN, 9 SEC

Americans adopt thousands of children every year from overseas. But sometimes it doesn’t work out. The child maybe has behavioral or physical problems, or the parents just don’t want the kid anymore. To get rid of their adopted child, some parents go online and do what’s called “private re-homing.” They post ads on online bulletin boards or Facebook to find new homes for their children. But those homes can be dangerous. Earlier this week, Congress held its first hearing on this issue.

Megan Twohey, Reuters

Americans use the Internet to abandon children adopted from overseas

Extremism in the Middle East 9 MIN, 38 SEC
Almost 100 people have died so far in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza. And Palestinian rockets continue to fall on Israeli cities, after four days of conflict there. This was all sparked by the murder of three Israeli teens, and the subsequent killing of a Palestinian kid, presumably by Israeli extremists looking for revenge. So, who are these extremist factions on both sides of the divide that have - once again - been able to turn the region into a war zone?

Peter Krause, Boston College

The ‘price’ of radical flanks and the conflict in Gaza

Boyhood, Baywatch, and Bonobos 12 MIN, 54 SEC
Well it was a dismal Fourth of July weekend at the box office: the worst in over a decade. But there are some pretty big movies coming out this weekend. We won’t call it a comeback… yet. But we WILL tell you everything you need to know about film for the weekend.

Kyle Buchanan, Editor (@kylebuchanan)
Devin Faraci, Badass Digest (@devincf)

Criticism in the Age of Rotten Tomatoes 8 MIN, 32 SEC

As a new documentary points out, Roger Ebert had a profound impact on the way films are reviewed in the US. But was it for the better? Matt Holzman talks to preeminent film critics about what they actually do and how they see their role in the film world.

Matt Holzman, Producer, 'The Document' (@KCRW_Matt)

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