Culture Crash 19-15: The Increasing Cost of Cutting the Cord

 

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With Apple’s recent announcement that the company will launch a new streaming service called Apple TV+ this fall, we all have another subscription to consider paying for. Of course, this will be in addition to Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video, the leading streaming providers already up and running. And joining the fray soon will be Disney’s streaming option, Disney+, which is scheduled to include the company’s library of animated classics. If that wasn’t enough, Criterion recently launched a streaming channel of its own which aims to fill the hole left in the marketplace to watch Indie and foreign films. Sounds like a lot, right?

Well, we haven’t even mentioned CBS All Access which will exclusively air the new Twilight Zone, and none of this includes cable. For that, you’d have to subscribe to a traditional cable provider or an internet provider like Sling, PlayStation Vue, or Hulu + Live TV. Premium channels, like HBO, Showtime, and Starz cost even more.

Of course, this is just streaming movies and TV at home. If you want to see a new movie, you’ll still have to go buy a ticket at your local theater. And if you want to listen to music, well, there are other monthly fees for Spotify and Apple Music.

Sounds expensive, doesn’t it? A few years ago, cutting the cord and eliminating your cable package in favor of Netflix or Hulu was supposed to be a cost-saving move. Now, streaming is getting to be just as expensive as that cable package was in the first place. And if you rely on streaming, then you already know you’re dependent on the ever-evolving libraries these services provide and a reliable internet connection, which, you know, costs even more money.

In our digital world, there are more entertainment options than ever before. But the days where you could just subscribe to everything may be drawing to a close. Now, many of us will be forced to decide if we’re Netflix people or Apple TV+ people. And you’ll have to get used to ignoring all the chatter about the great new show on whichever option you simply can’t afford anymore.

I’m Evan Rook. 

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19-14 Segment 1: The Role of a Literary Editor

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You see authors thank their editors all the time in the acknowledgements section of a book. But exactly what does an editor do? We talk to an editor himself who explains to us what an editor does to get the book from a manuscript to the finished copy on store shelves.

Guest:

  • Peter Ginna, literary editor and author, What Editors Do: The Art, Craft, and Business of Book Editing

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19-14 Segment 2: Greener Gardening During Climate Change

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Gardeners always seek to get the most out of their plants, but some are finding that their plot of land doesn’t produce the way it used to because of wildly changing, extreme conditions—torrential rain, then drought, heat, then cold. We talk to two experts who explain ways to increase your garden’s productivity, and how it can help combat climate change.

Guests:

  • Lee Reich, author, The Ever Curious Gardener: Using a Little Natural Science for a Much Better Garden
  • Ginny Stibolt, co-author, Climate-Wise Landscaping: Practical Actions for a Sustainable Future 

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Culture Crash 19-14: Sketch Comic Becomes Movies’ Hottest Horror Director

 

 
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In 2017, Jordan Peele released Get Out, his directorial debut, and was met with a storm of praise and accolades. The film silenced any doubts about a sketch comic becoming a horror director and even earned Peele an Oscar for its screenplay.

Of course, it still remained to be determined as to whether or not Peele would be able to replicate his success and net another big win with a sophomore effort. That film is called Us and it was released a few weeks ago. Us follows a woman and her family on their relaxing vacation, which grows tense when a family that looks exactly like them comes to visit. Pretty quickly, that tension ratchets up to full-on horror.

Us opened to a thunderous boom at the box office, earning $70 million in its first weekend––a record for an original horror movie. It appears we have a new brand-name in filmmaking, joining the likes of Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan and Quentin Tarantino as directors who can fill seats simply with the power of their own name.

Beyond just his marketability though, Peele is giving us something movie fans have been craving for decades: thoughtful, intentional horror movies with something to say. His movies aren’t just cheap thrills and haunted cell phones. Both of Peele’s movies have been jam-packed with social commentary, thematically perfect music selections, and spine-tingling moments that will resonate even after the credits roll. Every moment of a Jordan Peele movie is now something to analyze. Every board game in the background, every VHS tape on the shelf–they all mean something, and half the fun is in parsing through what those all suggest.

If Get Out announced Peele’s arrival, then Us has declared his staying power and audiences everywhere can’t wait to see what else he has in store.

I’m Evan Rook. 

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19-13 Segment 1: Using YA Fiction to Help Young People Process Big Issues

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For a few decades now, teens have flocked to YA novels like The Hunger Games or The Fault in Our Stars. Why are they so popular? We talk to two novelists who say young adult fiction can help teens consider big issues and life and ‘practice’ their responses to real-world problems like violence and drugs.

Guests:

  • Marie Lu, author, Wildcard
  • Ellen Hopkins, author, People Kill People

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19-13 Segment 2: Using the ‘Voices in Your Head’

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Hearing voices in your head comes with an unfortunate stereotype that you must be mentally ill. However, experts tell us the “voices in your head” can be used to talk to, and about, yourself in a healthy, productive way. In fact, most people hear voices in their head and already use inner speech on a daily basis. We discuss tips and techniques to use “self-talk” as a way to get yourself through tough decisions and lower stress.

Guests:

  • Dr. Charles Fernyhough, author, The Voices Within: The history and science of how we talk to ourselves 
  • Dr. Ethan Kross, Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan

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Culture Crash 19-13: Summer Concerts



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Summer is almost here, which means the concert and music festival season is almost in full swing. We talk a look at why a day at an amphitheater can stick with you for life.

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