Michael Malament

Michael is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute mid-career course.

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Ride Like a Girl is a not-so-easy rider

Movie | Humorous moments help the film’s weighty drama
by Michael Malament
Posted 7/30/20, 02:14 pm

Many films focus on protagonists who overcome daunting obstacles to pursue life dreams. But Ride Like a Girl goes much deeper.

Embedded among the film’s many equestrian scenes are underlying themes of family love, conflict, loss, and hope. They provide a rich backdrop for a story about a young woman overcoming social barriers and physical challenges to attain her dream.

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School of Veterinary Medicine University of Pennsylvania

Canines against disease

Science | Specially trained dogs can help seizure sufferers and perhaps identify coronavirus infections
by Michael Malament
Posted 6/11/20, 04:49 pm

Man’s best friend, coronavirus’s worst enemy? Dogs have long proven themselves adept at helping the blind and comforting the downcast, but now medically trained service dogs are helping in ways you may not have known—by potentially detecting the coronavirus and responding to epileptic seizures.

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Dubious Council of Dads

Television | Being woke is more important than true fatherly care in new series
by Michael Malament
Posted 5/21/20, 02:53 pm

While NBC’s new series Council of Dads illustrates the importance of fathers, producer Jerry Bruckheimer doesn’t succeed in fulfilling the initial promise of a family-friendly drama.

The premise centers on Scott, a middle-aged father and restaurateur diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer. He and his wife, Robin, enjoy a comfortable waterfront home in Savannah, Ga., where she deftly balances a career as an OB-GYN with mothering their four children. 

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