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Wild Tales: Break the Medium

Wild Tales is just what it sounds like — a raucous, subversive collection of six consecutive film shorts, united by themes of violence and vengeance, with a fair dose of dark comedy. Just minutes into this unconventional movie, I felt…

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Ring Me: Wells Fargo

Customer service matters, and can be improved in remarkably simple ways if you tap into the power of generosity. I bank at a small Wells Fargo near San Francisco. The space is tiny, almost cramped, which strangely is a good thing….

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The Accident: Tammie Baird

Tammy Baird had a really bad day walking to high school her freshman year. She was hit by a classmate, and went flying, and lay unconscious. The driver thought he’d killed her. Nearly thirty years later, Jeff Wilson, the man…

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The Literary Car Wash

Innovation can happen anywhere – even in a car wash. Jeff and Holly Coplin and Matt Broderick are not the sort you’d expect to be in the car wash business. Matt and Jeff shared a fence growing up and their…

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