Pop Culture's Affect on Politics

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The TV show 24 portrays a hero who saves the country by violating the law. His use of torture is part of a hit program. An Inconvenient Truth is Al Gore's power-point lecture on global warming. For a movie-going audience, that might be the perfect sedative.  But it's made more money than some big-time features and last night it won two Oscars.  Both on stage with Leonardo DiCaprio and after the ceremony, Gore joked about another presidential run. Whether or not he does run again--or sparks action on climate change--one thing is clear: entertainment and politics really do mix.  Do audiences get it?  Are the messages getting through?


Michael Sragow - Film Critic for the Baltimore Sun, Marty Kaplan - Director, USC's Norman Lear Center, Jane Mayer - New Yorker - @JaneMayerNYer, Robert Thompson - Professor of Television and Popular Culture at Syracuse University

Warren Olney

Frances Anderton, Dan Konecky, Vanessa Romo