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  • Life of Movie Studio Executive William Fox
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    Life of Movie Studio Executive William Fox

    Biographer Vanda Krefft discussed the life and legacy of the founder of Fox Film Corporation in her book, The Man Who Made the Movies: The Meteoric Rise and Tragic Fall of William Fox. In this…

  • Washington Journal News Headlines and Viewer Calls
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    Open Phones, Part 1

    Telephone lines and social media were open for viewer comments on Hollywood’s influence on on politics.

  • Hollywood Blacklist 70th Year Commemoration
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    Hollywood Blacklist 70th Year Commemoration

    In 1947, ten prominent members of the Hollywood film industry refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee on their suspected ties to communism. They were held in…

  • emCharlton Hestonem
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    Charlton Heston

    Marc Eliot talked about his book, Charlton Heston: Hollywood’s Last Icon. He was interviewed at FreedomFest, one of the largest libertarian conferences in the country.

  • Washington Journal Jeremy Barr Discusses Hollywood and the Democrats
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    Jeremy Barr on Hollywood and the Democratic Party

    Jeremy Barr talked about the relationship between Hollywood and the Democratic party. He spoke via video link from New York City.

  • 1973 Film emSoylent Greenem and the Environmental Movement
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    1973 Film Soylent Green and the Environmental Movement

    Professor Emilie Raymond talked about the 1973 film Soylent Green and how it reflected the contemporary environmental movement and fears about overpopulation.

  • Washington Journal News Headlines and Viewer Calls
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    Open Phones

    Telephone lines were open for viewer calls and social media comments on the question, “What is Hollywood’s influence on politics?”

  • Cass Sunstein Discusses emThe World According to Star Warsem
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    The World According to Star Wars

    Cass Sunstein talked about his book The World According to Star Wars, in which he discusses what can be learned about history, presidential politics, law, economics, and culture from the…

  • QA with Clifton Raphael
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    Q&A with Clifton Raphael

    Clifton Raphael talked about the award-winning documentaries his students have made, including several prize-winners from C-SPAN’s StudentCam competition.

  • Silent Film Industry in Santa Barbara
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    Silent Film Industry in Santa Barbara

    Neal Graffy and Michael Redmon talked about the American Film Manufacturing Company, also known as Flying “A” Studios, a studio that produced silent films in Santa Barbara, California from 1912-1921. The…

  • Prelinger Archives Part 1
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    Prelinger Archives, Part 1

    Founder Rick Prelinger talked about the Prelinger Archives in San Francisco, California, a collection of over 60,000 “ephemeral” (advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur) films.…

  • Trial of Soviet Spy Rudolph Abel
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    Trial of Soviet Spy Rudolph Abel

    Scholars talked about the events surrounding the trial of Soviet spy Rudolf Abel and how accurately they were portrayed in Steven Spielberg’s film, Bridge of Spies. The film is the story of…

  • Diversity in History Films
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    Diversity in History Films

    Panelists talked about diversity in historical films. They spoke about to what extent there is a lack of diversity in historical films as well as how and why this issue should be addressed.…

  • History and Film
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    History and Film

    Ric Burns talked about how the public learns about history through film. Mr. Burns suggested that historical films can be powerful and compelling, but also limited in their portrayal of…

  • emThe Birth of a Nationem at 100
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    The Birth of a Nation at 100

    The Smithsonian Institution hosted the “BackStory with the American History Guys” radio program as they examined D.W. Griffith’s film The Birth of a Nation, originally released in 1915…

  • Early Motion Pictures
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    Early Motion Pictures

    Mike Mashon, head of the Moving Image Section of the Library of Congress, toured the Library of Congress Packard Campus in Culpeper, Virginia, and talked about the “Paper Print Collection,”…

  • emCelluloid Warsem
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    Celluloid Wars

    Professor Stephen Curley talked about his book, Celluloid Wars: A Guide to Film and the American Experience of War, about American cinema’s portrayal of war and its effect on people’s perception.…

  • emThe Hollywood Signem
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    The Hollywood Sign

    Leo Braudy talked about the history and iconic status of the Hollywood sign. He was interviewed at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles for Book TV’s College Series.

  • QA Dick Lehr
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    Q&A with Dick Lehr

    Dick Lehr talked about his book, The Birth of a Nation: How a Legendary Filmmaker and a Crusading Editor Reignited America’s Civil War, about the 1915 movie of the same title. The film by…

  • President Obama at the White House Student Film Festival
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    White House Student Film Festival

    President Obama hosted the annual White House Student Film Festival, which included short films made by K-12 students on the theme “The Impact of Giving Back.”

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