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    • Why 2015 Has Been a Banner Year for Films about Abuse and Religion

    • By: Alissa Wilkinson
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 7 mins
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    "Why 2015 Has Been a Banner Year for Films about Abuse and Religion" is from the November 10, 2015 Ideas and Controversy section of The Washington Post. It was written by Alissa Wilkinson and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • How to Survive the Apocalypse

    • Zombies, Cylons, Faith, and Politics at the End of the World
    • By: Robert Joustra, Alissa Wilkinson
    • Narrated by: Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
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    The world is going to hell. So begins this book, pointing to the prevalence of apocalypse - cataclysmic destruction and nightmarish end-of-the-world scenarios - in contemporary entertainment.

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    • Media teaches us about what it means human

    • By Adam Shields on 09-19-17

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    • 'Dick,' the 1999 Teen Watergate Comedy, Captures the Enduring Weirdness of Political Scandals

    • By: Alissa Wilkinson
    • Narrated by: Paige McKinney
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Dick is a bit like a modern-day version of Tom Stoppard’s play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, in which two minor characters in Hamlet become the central figures in the play, with all the important stuff happening around them.

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    • In Netflix's 'Get Me Roger Stone,' the Notorious GOP Operative Plays Both Narrator and Villain

    • By: Alissa Wilkinson
    • Narrated by: Paige McKinney
    • Length: 5 mins
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    Roger Stone shows up everywhere in American politics — as journalist Jeffrey Toobin puts it early on in the new Netflix documentary Get Me Roger Stone, he’s the “sinister Forrest Gump of American politics,” popping up everywhere from Watergate to the Trump campaign.

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    • Your Summer Reading List, Courtesy of the Movies

    • By: Alissa Wilkinson, Alex Abad-Santos, Constance Grady, and others
    • Narrated by: Mia Gaskin
    • Length: 12 mins
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    What to read so you'll know if the book was better than the movie, from Star-Lord to Captain Underpants.

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    • Netflix's 'To the Bone' Doesn't Glamorize Eating Disorders. It's Frank, Funny, and Unsparing.

    • By: Alissa Wilkinson
    • Narrated by: Mia Gaskin
    • Length: 6 mins
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    To those who’ve had a brush (or worse) with the twisted, upside-down universe of eating disorders, To the Bone bears the unmistakable ring of truth, even in the midst of its humor and warmth. There are the obsessive patterns, the insistence that everything’s fine when it obviously isn’t. There are the furtive attempts to pass along “tricks” and contraband substances to help others with eating disorders slowly make themselves disappear.

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    • The Bloody, Exhilarating 'Bonnie and Clyde' Broke Taboos When It Hit Screens 50 Years Ago

    • By: Alissa Wilkinson
    • Narrated by: Mia Gaskin
    • Length: 4 mins
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    When Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway starred in Arthur Penn’s Bonnie and Clyde — which turns 50 on August 13 — the response from many corners was swift and fierce. After all, it was released in the fading years of the Hays Code, which had governed the moral content of Hollywood films for decades. Bonnie and Clyde was bloody, graphic, and sexually frank, and it drew on the experimentation of the French New Wave. It blew away taboos left and right.

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    • Why Silly Summer Movies Matter

    • By: Alissa Wilkinson
    • Narrated by: Mia Gaskin
    • Length: 15 mins
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    Fluffy nonsense can still remind us of what makes us human.

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    • O.J. Simpson's Pop Culture Resurgence Has Reframed His Celebrity — and the Era of His Downfall

    • By: Alissa Wilkinson
    • Narrated by: Mia Gaskin
    • Length: 18 mins
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    As Simpson is granted parole, America sees him — and itself — differently, thanks to FX’s The People v. O.J. Simpson and ESPN’s O.J.: Made in America.

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    • Do Not See 'The Emoji Movie'

    • By: Alissa Wilkinson
    • Narrated by: Mia Gaskin
    • Length: 12 mins
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    Looking back, it seems so obvious. We should have seen The Emoji Movie’s utter awfulness coming. But as with so many other things in 2017, hindsight is not so much 20/20 as a giant regret generator.

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    • It's Time to Revisit 'Children of Men,' Whose Near-Future British Dystopia Feels Achingly Close

    • By: Alissa Wilkinson
    • Narrated by: Mia Gaskin
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Every weekend, we pick a movie you can stream that dovetails with current events. Old, new, blockbuster, arthouse: They’re all fair game. What you can count on is a weekend watch that sheds new light on the week that was. The movie of the week for June 24 to 30 is Children of Men (2006), which is available to digitally rent on Amazon, Vudu, iTunes, YouTube, and Google Play.

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    • Hulk Hogan's Sex Tape and the Free Press Collide in a Riveting New Netflix Documentary

    • By: Alissa Wilkinson
    • Narrated by: Mia Gaskin
    • Length: 7 mins
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    Watching Netflix’s documentary Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press, you sense that director Brian Knappenberger and his team had no idea when they started the project that their final cut would end up focusing on the breakdown of journalistic norms in America. Halfway through, the film pivots away from its initial subject, the court case that brought down Gawker.com, and expands its scope to examine the effect of big money on journalism at large in America.

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    • Netflix's 'Casting JonBenét' Isn't a True Crime Story. It's Something Better.

    • By: Alissa Wilkinson
    • Narrated by: Mia Gaskin
    • Length: 10 mins
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    The thing to know going into Casting JonBenét is that you won’t get any answers. And according to director Kitty Green, that’s exactly the point.

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