Culture Crash 17-37: The Cinema of 2007

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On the 10th anniversary of 2007, we take a look at some of the films from a decade ago that have proved to stand the test of time and make 2007 a year in film worth remembering.

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Culture Crash 17-35: Breaking Bad and the Shortcoming of Binge-watching

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Breaking Bad is a modern classic of TV, and insanely compelling. But is binge-watching such shows really the best idea or do the best plots take time?

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17-34 Segment 2: The Overlooked Importance of College Professors

 

When choosing which college to attend, we often consider things like the school’s graduation rate or how successful its graduates are at landing jobs. Georgetown University Professor Jacques Berlinerblau says it’s even more important to examine professors — what their roles are, how they interact with students, and the involvement in their curriculum.

Berlinerblau notes that professors can make or break a student’s college experience. Many professors do not give their undergraduate students enough attention. Berlinerblau describes this situation as a ‘nationwide crisis’ because he feels too many people spend too much money on uninterested professors. He believes that only 10-25% of professors truly value undergraduate teaching.

Berlinerblau suggests finding colleges with smaller class sizes. This allows for more student-professor interaction and can improve students’ grades tremendously. Additionally, he suggests browsing college websites for concrete evidence of professor-undergraduate pairing to make sure your incoming college student can receive proper attention for the next four years.

Guests:

  • Jacques Berlinerblau, Georgetown University professor and author of Campus Confidential: How college works, or doesn’t, for professors, parents, and students

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Culture Crash 17-34: Noah Hawley’s novel “Before the Fall”

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Noah Hawley is the man behind the TV shows “Fargo” and “Legion.” He also writes novels and his latest, “Before the Fall,” is a mystery thriller that has been winning awards and demands to be read.

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17-33 Segment 1: Pregnancy Behind Bars

 

Thousands of pregnant women pass through our prison system each year. What happens to these ladies when they need the most medical care? We talk with Carolyn Sufrin who describes her experience as an OBGYN for California prison inmates in her book Jailcare: Finding the safety net for women behind bars.

Incarcerated Americans are entitled to proper health care, and Sufrin says that for the most part, they receive any treatment that they need. This “special right” to a kind of health care that is unavailable to many law-abiding citizens raises some controversial questions. Are some inmates purposely committing crimes to get access to the care they need? Sufrin says that while most prisoners do not want to end up in prison, sometimes they desire the stability of prison life to escape their lives on the outside. For pregnant women who live in troubling situations, even a prison cell might be more ideal than the alternative.

Sufrin also talks about the inhumane treatment of pregnant women prisoners that she has witnessed many times during her career, noting that sometimes they are forced to give birth in their jail cells, and those who wear shackles must keep them on through childbirth. Sufrin wants to raise awareness of these serious problems to encourage us to re-evaluate how these women should be treated and to advocate on their behalf.

Guest:

  • Carolyn Sufrin, medical anthropologist, former OB/GYN at San Francisco Jail, and author of Jailcare: Finding the safety net for women behind bars

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Culture Crash 17-33: Filmmaking the old-fashioned way

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The digital revolution has changed much of the world around us, including the movies we watch. We explore the virtues of filmmaking the old-fashioned way: on film.

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Culture Crash 17-32: Amazon’s “Catastrophe”

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Emmy nominations always bring with them some disappointing snubs. With only one nomination, the show Catastrophe has largely been overlooked this year. We explore what makes the series special.

 

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