• This Friday, November 17, Eric Schlosser's best-seller, "Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal," hits the big screen. Directed by Richard Linklater of "A Scanner Darkly," fame, the film takes audiences on a tour of the real ingredients in American fast food, and none of them are beef.

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  • "If you want to send a message" in Hollywood, the saying goes, "call Western Union." Don't tell that to entrepreneur and philanthropist Jeff Skoll. With 11 Oscar nominations for cause-driven work such as Syriana and Good Night, and Good Luck--and a growing roster of A-list talent at his side--he's proving that it pays to be pointed.

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  • Your great-grandfather knew what it meant to work hard. He hauled hay all day long, making sure that the cows got fed. In Fast Food Nation (Houghton Mifflin, 2001), Eric Schlosser writes about a worker who ruptured his vertebrae, wrecked his hands, burned his lungs, and was eventually hit by a train as part of his 15-year career at a slaughterhouse. Now that's hard work.

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