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politics & society film | Oct 17th, 2019

Wanuri Kaihu's Groundbreaking Film RAFIKI to Screen in Kenyan High Court

Wanuri Kaihu’s award-winning feature film, RAFIKI, will be screened in Kenyan High Court—one of the first films ever to do so—as part of a landmark case for the nation.  Acclaimed writer, director and artist Kaihu is the co-founder of AFROBUBBLEGUM, a media company that creates “fun, fierce and... Continue Reading →
politics & society | Oct 17th, 2019

Newsmaker Peter Mansbridge Returns with a CBC Documentary on the Upcoming Election

InThe Way You See It, veteran news anchor Peter Mansbridge  taps into Canadians' deepest hopes, fears, and feelings about the federal election.  “I just basically camped out at everything from a rodeo to a stock car race to a farmer's market, you name it. Sat there, people came and sat down with... Continue Reading →
politics & society | Oct 9th, 2019

Author Andrew Marantz Interviewed in Fast Company on His New Book, Antisocial

Journalist and author Andrew Marantz spent four years with the internet’s most “dodgy characters”—trolls, conspiracy theorists, alt-right bloggers and the like—and his new book Antisocial exposes the underbelly of social media. In an interview with Fast Company, Marantz explores the dangers of both... Continue Reading →
politics & society | Oct 8th, 2019

Is Outrage Hijacking Our Culture? NYU’s Jay Van Bavel Explains Why Some Content Goes Viral for NPR

In his latest paper, Professor of Psychology Jay Van Bavel explores why moral, emotional content tends to capture our attention more than other kinds of content. He expands on this study for the latest episode of NPR’s Hidden Brain.   In his study of thousands upon thousands of tweets, Jay Van... Continue Reading →
politics & society | Oct 7th, 2019

How do Election Polls Affect Voters? Shachi Kurl Explains the Science Behind the Data

Every day, there’s a new poll indicating how political candidates are faring with the public. But how accurate are these numbers? And what are their effects on voters? Executive Director of the Angus Reid Institute Shachi Kurl joined CTV to explain.  “How is important but also why is really... Continue Reading →
politics & society | Oct 4th, 2019

How the Alt-Right Exploited a Democratic and Free Internet: The New Yorker’s Andrew Marantz Explains

Andrew Marantz’ first book Antisocial has been described as a “searching study of the right-wing gate-crashers who have overwhelmed social media in the Trump Era” (Kirkus Reviews). In a new interview with Longform podcast, Marantz reveals what inspired him to write the book, and why he doesn’t shy... Continue Reading →
compassion politics & society | Oct 1st, 2019

Megan Phelps-Roper's New Book Unfollow Named Best Debut of October by Amazon

Amazon announced their Editor’s picks for October, and Megan Phelps-Roper’s much-anticipated memoir, Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church, tops the list as their featured debut. Unfollow follows Phelps-Roper’s journey from being deeply engrained in the... Continue Reading →
politics & society | Sep 26th, 2019

James Robinson, the Co-Author of Why Nations Fail, Returns with a New Book on the Pursuit of Liberty

Economist James Robinson published the acclaimed Why Nations Fail—an investigation of power, prosperity, and poverty—in collaboration with Daron Acemoglu. Now, the two come together once again for The Narrow Corridor, a book examining the “state, society and the fate of liberty.”  “Everywhere... Continue Reading →
politics & society | Aug 23rd, 2019

Nikole Hannah-Jones’ ‘1619’ Podcast Launches Its First Episode for The New York Times

Four hundred years ago, in August of 1619, a ship carrying enslaved Africans arrived in the American state of Virginia, then a British colony. That fateful trip altered the country, it’s identity, and its history in unimaginable ways. Nikole Hannah-Jones explores the shadow cast by that crucial... Continue Reading →
politics & society | Aug 21st, 2019

Campaign Culture, Politics, and the News Media: Matt Taibbi Launches New Podcast on Rolling Stone

Bestselling author and Rolling Stone writer Matt Taibbi is the host of ‘Useful Idiots,’ a compelling weekly series focusing on news and politics.   Useful Idiots is described as “an iconoclastic take on the political podcast.” Rather than jumping on the bandwagon of viral coverage, Matt Taibbi... Continue Reading →
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