Megan Basham

Megan is film and television editor for WORLD and co-host for WORLD Radio. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and author of Beside Every Successful Man: A Woman's Guide to Having It All. Megan resides with her husband, Brian Basham, and their two daughters in Charlotte, N.C. Follow her on Twitter on @megbasham.

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Wholesome young radicals

Movie | The Trial of the Chicago 7 presents an entertaining but fictionalized account of its subjects
by Megan Basham
Posted 11/19/20, 02:54 pm

Riots. Destruction. Grandstanding for the camera. Radicals co-opting civil rights protests to advance their own agenda. Sounds like the last few months, right? Actually, it’s the setting for Aaron Sorkin’s latest movie, The Trial of the Chicago 7

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Space Age traditions

Television | The Mandalorian continues digging into intriguing worldview themes in Season 2
by Megan Basham
Posted 11/19/20, 02:46 pm

The Mandalorian returned to Disney+ in October, and fans will be glad to hear that—at least so far—the show hasn’t departed from its family-friendly, spaghetti-Western-in-space formula that made it such a galactic success. 

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Hollow Hillbilly

Movie | New film Hillbilly Elegy replaces complex characters with a mediocre Appalachian melodrama
by Megan Basham
Posted 11/19/20, 09:06 am

Like many people, I had high hopes when Ron Howard decided to direct a film adaptation of Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance’s memoir about growing up in Appalachia and the Rust Belt. The book became an immediate bestseller in 2016, not just for Vance’s insightful reflection on a much-maligned subculture, but also because he seemed to offer the upper classes a way of making sense of Donald Trump’s popularity.

Unfortunately, Howard’s version of Vance’s story offers nothing deeper than a pastiche of white poverty. 

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