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Politicians on the campaign trail regularly vilify the media. Why do they pit themselves against journalists, and how much of it trickles down to voters?

Then, students at Princeton are demanding that Woodrow Wilson’s name be removed from university buildings and institutions because of his racist views. What is Wilson’s legacy when it comes to race, and what should Princeton do?

Next, Adele’s new album, 25, has broken the music industry’s record for most albums sold in a week. What does this milestone tell us about the state of the music industry?

And, it’s been one year since the big hack at Sony. How is the studio faring?

Finally, the weak box office returns for Angelina Jolie’s film By the Sea has Hollywood executives rethinking the so-called “favor” movie.

Banner Image: Donald Trump at the Conservative Political Action Conference 2015; Credit: Michael Vadon

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Ryan Kailath

Trump and the Media 11 MIN, 45 SEC

It may be popular for presidential candidates to bash the “lamestream” media, but Donald Trump actually owes us a big thank you. During this campaign, he’s had so much media attention he’s barely had to spend any money on advertising. Yet he remains at odds with news outlets that recently have been fact-checking his campaign statements. Will negative media stories hurt him — or help him?

Guests:
Tom Rosenstiel, Executive Director, American Press Institute (@tbr1)

Woodrow Wilson's Legacy at Center of Princeton Protests 7 MIN, 55 SEC

Students at Princeton are demanding that Woodrow Wilson’s name be removed from university buildings and institutions because of his racist views. What is Wilson’s legacy when it comes to race, and what should Princeton do?

Guests:
Jonathan Zimmerman, New York University

Adele's Record-Breaking Record 10 MIN, 51 SEC

Adele’s new album, 25, has broken the music industry’s record for most albums sold in a single week. And the week is barely halfway through! The record, released on Friday, has already sold more than 2 million copies. Only one other album has done that since Nielsen began tracking sales in 1991: N*SYNC’s No Strings Attached, in 2000. What does Adele’s success tell us about her unique appeal and the music industry in general?

Guests:
Chris Molanphy, music critic (@cmolanphy)

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Adele

Sony Hack, One Year Later 10 MIN, 42 SEC

One year ago today, everything changed at Sony. The entertainment company was hacked, probably by North Korea, in retaliation for the Seth Rogen movie The Interview. The computers in the office didn’t work. Troves of data disappeared, like salary information and internal phone numbers. And an avalanche of leaked emails between top executives and Hollywood names like Angelina Jolie and Aaron Sorkin went online. The media, of course, had a field day. But for the rank-and-file employees at Sony, the days after hack were harrowing. What’s the situation one year later?

Guests:
Amanda Hess, Slate (@amandahess)

Are "Favor" Movies Falling Out of Favor? 7 MIN, 16 SEC

Studios often agree to throw a few million at a star’s pet project in order to keep them on board for more commercial movies. Angelina Jolie’s new film By The Sea is one example of a “favor” movie. The Hollywood Reporter suggests that the poor performance of her movie, and some other recent high-profile passion projects, might just have Hollywood looking again at whom they do favors for.

Guests:
Matthew Belloni, Hollywood Reporter, Billboard (@THRMattBelloni)

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