Coming Up On Viewpoints Show 18-03

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America’s Cities: Why they matter and a plan to save them

Cities, from New York and Chicago to New Orleans and San Francisco, are a vital piece of our country. We talk about the reasons for cities, their role as cultural epicenters, and a radical plan to stop American cities from decaying under our very feet.

Our Unconscious Minds

We like to think we’re in control of our own actions… but are we? We talk to Dr. John Bargh, a professor of psychology at Yale University and author of Before You Know It: The unconscious reasons we do what we do, to discuss just how much of what we do is dictated by our unconscious minds.

Culture Crash: The Divisive Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Awards season is in full swing one contender is the divisive Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. The film’s racial politics has set the stage for an interesting stretch run to Oscars season.

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18-02 Segment 1: Diversity in Sci-Fi

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For decades, science fiction was a genre written almost exclusively by white males. Now, the genre is flourishing with diverse voices, thanks in part to the trailblazing writer Octavia E. Butler. Historian Gerry Canavan discusses the obstacles Butler faced and her legacy on one of the most popular genres in American literature.

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  • Gerry Canavan, professor at Marquette University and author, Octavia E. Butler

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18-02 Segment 2: Finding Inspiration in Our Communities

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The news typically shows us stories about the national government being stuck in a gridlock on most of the big, important issues. Sarah Van Gelder, co-founder of Yes! Magazine, went on a trip across America to see how change is being made at the local level and found inspirational stories and examples of community involvement solving big problems while paving the way for a better future.

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  • Sarah van Gelder, author, The Revolution Where You Live

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Culture Crash 18-02: Looking Forward to the Films of 2018

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Welcome to Culture Crash, where we examine American culture. What’s new and old in books, film, and entertainment.

It’s a new year, which means there is plenty to look forward to on the entertainment horizon. 2017 may not be completely behind us quite yet-the oscars are forthcoming, but the film calendar of 2018 is already filling up.

In the more immediate future, the new movie from Alex Garland, the man behind the movie Ex Machina, is coming in February. Annihilation, based on the best-selling Jeff Vandermeer book of the same name, stars Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, Gina Rodriguez, and Oscar Isaac.

Also coming in February is the hotly anticipated, Black Panther, which will finally allow a black superhero to take the reins and carry his own film. Then in May, Black Panther will join up with The Avengers, The Guardians of the Galaxy, and all of your Marvel cinematic favorites in Infinity War.

This year will also see the release of several high-profile biopics. Adam McKay, who directed the Big Short is making Backseat, a biographical drama starring Christian Bale as former Vice President Dick Cheney. 2018 will also see Ryan Gosling star as Neil Armstrong in Damien Chazelle’s film, First Man. And rounding out the biopics, Saoirse Ronan will play the title character in Mary, Queen of Scots.

In November, Warner Brothers will release the next installment of the Harry Potter wizarding world with Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald, starring Jude Law as a young Dumbledore and controversially, Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindewald.

Of course, countless other films will be coming this year including the next Jurassic World movie, Fallen Kingdom, Ava Duvernay’s A Wrinkle in Time adaptation, The Incredibles 2, Aquaman, and a reimagining of the Oceans franchise starring a cast of diverse women led by Sandra Bullock called Ocean’s 8.

Thankfully, the list just goes on and on. As with any year, some of the best movies of the year will be titles we’ve never heard of made by people we don’t know about yet.

2017 was a fantastic year at the movies, here’s to hoping 2018 can find a way to top it.

I’m Evan Rook.

Coming Up On Viewpoints Show 18-02

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Diversity in Sci-Fi

For decades, science fiction was a genre written almost exclusively by white males. Now, the genre is flourishing with diverse voices, thanks in part to the trailblazing writer Octavia E. Butler. Historian Gerry Canavan discusses the obstacles Butler faced and her legacy on one of the most popular genres in American literature.

Finding Inspiration in Our Communities

The news typically shows us stories about the national government being stuck in a gridlock on most of the big, important issues. Sarah Van Gelder, co-founder of Yes! Magazine, went on a trip across America to see how change is being made at the local level and found inspirational stories and examples of community involvement solving big problems while paving the way for a better future.

Culture Crash: Looking Forward to the Films of 2018

We look ahead to the movies set to be released this year, from blockbusters like Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald to more serious fare like Damien Chazelle’s Neil Armstrong biopic, First Man.

18-01 Segment 1: Lessons on Joy

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In a country that seems to be pulling away more and more every day, it can seem nearly impossible to find time for yourself to clear your mind and feel joy. We talk to Douglas Abrams about the week he spent learning from two of the world’s spiritual leaders, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Abrams shares the joy practices and little things that the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu do daily to experience joy regularly.

Guest:

  • Douglas Abrams, author of The Book of Joe: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

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18-01 Segment 2: The State of Television

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The world of television has never been busier. With more than 500 scripted shows airing in 2017, it’s never been harder to keep up with the medium. We talk to TV critic Alan Sepinwall about staying on top of things, the trends of TV, and one of the great shows of the century so far, Breaking Bad.

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  • Alan Sepinwall, TV critic for UPROXX.com and author, Breaking Bad 101

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