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Political ideas meet pop culture. Hosted by Landry Ayres and Natalie Dowzicky.
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    Christopher Nolan's Batman

    Christopher Nolan's Batman

    Christopher Nolan's Batman operates within the state in a very strange way. Nolan believes that his trilogy of movies are actually each in their own genre. Batman Begins is a classic origin story broken down in three parts. The Dark Knight exists as a crime movie with the Joker as a terrorist who seeks chaos. The Dark Knight Rises is an epic film with a militaristic enemy.
    How are the Joker and Bane different? How do the villains in Nolan's Batman trilogy enhance the movies?

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Jurassic Park

    Jurassic Park

    Peter Suderman and Sean Malone join the show today to talk about one of the most famous summer blockbusters ever. Jurassic Park is more than a movie about the misuse of innovation that ends up creating vicious dinosaurs. The movie itself was an innovation in of itself. 
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    The Big Lebowski

    The Big Lebowski

    The Big Lebowski has spurred a cult-like following revolving around The Dude. In 1998 the Coen brothers released "The Big Lebowski" and the theaters were half-empty. The movie was a follow up to their Oscar-winning film "Fargo". The movie follows a dopey but profound slacker noir about a guy — a conscientious objector to all human conflict — whose quest to avenge a soiled rug unravels into a wild goose chase involving all sorts of inherent vice. 
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Dr. Strangelove

    Dr. Strangelove

    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb hit theaters in 1964 a mere few months after the Cuban Missile Crisis. Not to mention it was also the height of the Cold War when Americans were worried about nuclear annihilation and mutually assured destruction. This satire lives on today as the best black comedy about nuclear warfare ever written.
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    • 54 min
    The Hunger Games

    The Hunger Games

    In a dystopian future, the totalitarian nation of Panem is divided into 12 districts and the Capitol. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. The Hunger Games is not only serves as entertainment for the Capitol, but it also serves as a reminder to the Districts about how much power the Capitol actually has to suppress them. 
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Gattaca

    Gattaca

    Gattaca highlights a the future where eugenics is common. A genetic registry database uses biometrics to classify those so created as “valids” while those conceived by traditional means and more susceptible to genetic disorders are known as “invalids”. In this world genetic discrimination is illegal, but valids qualify for professional employment while invalids are relegated to menial tasks and jobs. The main character, Vincent, is an invalid and hopes to break the system where the genetically enhanced run the show.
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    • 1 hr 12 min

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