Culture & Arts

A musician with a mind of his own

Media | New documentary shows Johnny Cash’s thoughtful approach to politics
by Lynde Langdon
Posted 11/09/18, 03:03 pm

The relationship between American politics and popular music began long before Taylor Swift urged her fans to vote for Democrats or Ted Nugent visited President Donald Trump in the Oval Office. The second episode of Netflix’s new series on the history of music tells how country superstar Johnny Cash helped President Richard Nixon harness the power of white Southern voters in the late 1960s and early ’70s.

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Parental guidance still suggested

Arts | What 50 years of movie ratings have taught families and filmgoers
by Lynde Langdon
Posted 11/02/18, 03:59 pm

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) this week celebrated the 50th birthday of the movie rating scale, which started as an attempt to ward off censors and became a part of the collective consciousness of U.S. moviegoers. The organization released survey results showing that 91 percent of American parents were familiar or very familiar with the G, PG, PG-13, R, and NC-17 classification system, and 95 percent thought it was helpful.

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‘Today, I’m pro-life’

Media | A college student shares how the movie Gosnell changed her mind about abortion
by Lynde Langdon
Posted 10/26/18, 03:50 pm

Before seeing the movie Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer, 20-year-old Kathy Zhu saw abortion as a women’s rights issue. But after seeing the film, which tells the story of how Philadelphia authorities brought abortionist and convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell to justice, Zhu found herself thinking about pictures of unborn babies at different stages of pregnancy, and started to understand what the pro-life movement was really about.

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