We start with an update from Press Play producer Matt Holzman on the Sundance Film Festival, which started last Thursday in Park City, Utah. Then, only state Attorney General Kamala Harris has officially entered the race to replace outgoing Senator Barbara Boxer. Why is the field so small and what does it portend? Next, we hear from an Iraq veteran and journalist who's challenging the VA's standard treatment for vets suffering Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and a psychologist who supports the treatment. And finally, in our weekly television roundup, does the popularity of dark crime shows mean we're in for a gritty pilot season?
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The Sundance Film Festival kicked off in earnest this weekend in Park City, Utah. Press Play’s Matt Holzman took some time away from the screens and the slopes to update us on the hot films getting the most buzz, the bidding wars shaping up, and what stars are on the scene.
It might end up being the most expensive Senate race in U.S. history — that is, if anybody actually decides to run. So far, only state Attorney General Kamala Harris, a Democrat, has declared her candidacy to replace outgoing Senator Barbara Boxer, who announced this month that she won’t seek re-election. The state hasn’t had an open Senate seat in more than 20 years. What are Harris’ chances, and who’s likely to challenge her?
In his State of the Union speech last week, President Obama said that fewer than 15,000 troops are left in Iraq and Afghanistan. But many of the hundreds of thousands that have served are still fighting their own personal battles here at home. As many as 20 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are suffering from some form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PSTD. The Veteran’s Administration favors a treatment called “prolonged exposure therapy,” which involves re-living trauma. But at least one vet says the therapy not only didn’t help him, but actually made things worse. We hear from both sides.
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The most popular television shows this year have been big on drama and big on crime, but not so big on laughs. Now the networks are kicking off their new pilot season, looking for the next runaway hit, and this year’s success stories could have a big influence on their decision-making. Does that mean another gritty lineup for the small screen? We discuss that and more in our weekly television news roundup.