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The Horror of It All

Why do people get so much pleasure from movies that frighten them out of their wits? Stephen Prince (Virginia Tech) says horror films allow us to explore the anxieties of …

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Replay: You Sound Like You’re Not From Around Here…

Within seconds of hearing someone speak, we make judgments about that person and background, just based on their accent. Linguistics professor Steven Weinberger ( George Mason University) explains how and …

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The Lost Patrol of Guadalcanal

On the 12th of August 1942, Lt. Col. Frank Goettge and 24 Marines under his command landed in the dark on the wrong beach on Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands …

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Children Seen and Heard

Historians have long held that children of 17 th and 18 th century Europe were thought of as incomplete adults who were not yet worthy of love or compassion. However, …

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Autism in Contemporary Film, Literature – and Life

One in every 150 American-born children is diagnosed with an autism-spectrum disorder. Christofer Foss (University of Mary Washington) has examined how autism is portrayed in contemporary literature and film and …

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Call Me Mister

If you look at the most popular films of the last eighty years, you can see a changing image of the American male.  Ashton Trice (James Madison University) says men were …

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Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor

Children of Asian immigrants face tension between pressures at home and demands of the broader American culture. Social Worker Peter Nguyen ( Virginia Commonwealth University) says we need more culturally …

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You Sound Like You’re Not From Around Here

Within seconds of hearing someone speak, we make judgments about that person and their background, just based on their accent. Linguistics professor Steven Weinberger (George Mason University) explains how and …

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Replay: Wretched Sisters

Eleven women have been put to death for murder since the United States reinstated the death penalty in 1976. In her book, Wretched Sisters, Mary Atwell (Radford University) offers an …

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In the Wake of Violence

Winner of the 2009 Gabriel Award for “News/Informational Radio Programming – Markets 1-25,” designed to honor works of excellence in broadcasting which serve viewers and listeners through the positive, creative …

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Replay: Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night

Film maker Sonali Gulati (Virginia Commonwealth University) used to spot telemarketers by the way they mispronounced her Indian name. But when they started to get the name right, she knew …

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An Illusion of Inclusion

In the midst of America’s mortgage meltdown, black and hispanic homeowners are taking especially hard hits.  Business Professor Greg Fairchild (Batten Institute) says the lack of a down payment is the biggest …