Few movies become as iconic as Mike Nichols’s December 1967 classic, The Graduate. The film became a touchstone for Baby Boomers and became emblematic of the generation’s desire to stand out from the generations before them. We look at some of the elements that made The Graduate so memorable.
The Power of the Written Word
Storytelling is a human impulse that has guided civilizations as far back as we can remember. Martin Puchner is a scholar on the subject and takes us through the history of writing stories down, and how those written accounts have become so important to our understanding of the world.
Culture Crash: The New Era of Science Fiction
There was a time when science fiction stories had to be a part of some established arc or it wouldn’t get made. Now, thanks to Black Mirror, Electric Dreams, and the Cloverfield franchise, stand-alone sci-fi is thriving once again.
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.
We see it everywhere: time travel. The concept has dominated our books, movies, and television for decades. We even saw a time travel ethics question dominate our primary election coverage. So what is it about these stories that we find so irresistible? We talk to Dr. Travis Langley, a pop culture psychologist, to uncover what lies underneath the fantasy we’ve all indulged from time to time: traveling backwards and forwards through time.