17-48 Segment 1: Giving Back This Holiday Season

 

During the holidays, many parents fret over the materialistic messages their children are exposed to. We talk to a mom and an author who together have created a children’s book and game designed to make giving back to others a fun pursuit.

Guest:

  • Sarah Linden and Tyler Knott Gregson, co-authors, North Pole Ninjas: Mission: Christmas

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17-48 Segment 2: W.E.B. Du Bois’s Lasting Impact in Sociology

 

At the beginning of the 20th century, W.E.B. Du Bois revolutionized scientific sociology, but was denied accolades because of his race. Now, we talk to scholars about what exactly Du Bois did to improve the study of sociology and what his impact truly was.

Guest:

  • Aldon D. Morris, professor of sociology and African-American studies at Northwestern University, author of the book, The Scholar Denied: W.E.B. Du Bois and the birth of modern sociology

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Culture Crash 17-48: Greta Gerwig’s Fantastic Film Lady Bird

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Welcome to Culture Crash, where we examine American culture. What’s new and old in books, film, and entertainment.

Coming-of-age movies are as American as apple pie. Stand By Me, The Breakfast Club, Almost Famous, My Girl – they’re all portraits of what it meant to be a kid in America at a certain point in time.

Now, we have another film to add to the list in Lady Bird, which was written and directed by actress Greta Gerwig.

The film stars Saorise Ronan as Lady Bird, a Catholic school student in Sacramento circa 2002.

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We watch as Lady Bird lives through her final year of high school and stresses over college acceptance letters, boys, her family’s money problems, and the constant anxiety of living in post-9/11 America.

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But at the heart of Lady Bird is the mother-daughter relationship between Ronan’s lady bird and her mother Marion, played by Laurie mMetcalf. We watch them argue and disagree and generally struggle to let the other one know how much they care.

This film comes after the success of Gerwig’s Frances Ha and Ronan’s star turn in the 2015 film Brooklyn.

In the interest of not spoiling all the fun, I won’t say any more, but this is a movie that should have a strong presence in this year’s awards season.

With so many great coming-of-age movies already in our cultural memory, it may seem difficult for a movie to ascend into the ranks with the greats, but Lady Bird earns its spot on the list.

Lady bird is in theaters now.

I’m Evan Rook.

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