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Now more than ever, technology and toys are being connected. From AR-based games to toys with artificial intelligence built in, children have more and more opportunities to use media and some of our most advanced computer technology to inspire their play. In this episode of Media Inside Out, we explore the impact that these tech-centered toys and games have on children’s play.

Read more on Episode 40: Media and its Influence on Play…

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In recent years, celebrities have become increasingly vocal about their positions on various political topics. It’s a celebrity’s job to build believability with their audience and more celebrities are using that connected relationship to give their opinion on issues beyond why we should go see their latest movie. Though it’s okay for a celebrity to raise our interest or knowledge in a topic, it is up to us to do the real work of developing our own knowledge and opinion on the subject.  On this episode of Media Inside Out, we discuss the topic of celebrity culture and politics by exploring the slow crawl of showbiz into the political realm, the actors who run for elected office,  and the Hollywood creators shaping the messages.

Read more on Episode 39: Celebrity Culture & Politics…

Although colorism can happen anywhere, colorism in the media is the focus of this episode of Media Inside Out. We’ll be looking at how all media, including television programs, music videos and advertising campaigns favor lighter skin, and usually white skin. This is an issue that has been around for a number of years, but with streaming services and thousands of videos on Youtube, young girls have more opportunities to see how the media favors lighter skin. On this episode we look at examples from advertisements and other media outlets.

Read more on Episode 38: Colorism in the Media…

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All the research points to the fact that a child’s greatest opportunity for educational success through college happens when he or she participates in a quality preschool program. And yet, in the United States less than half of all children enter first grade having a year or more of preschool. In France, that percentage is 100. Italy 94%. Korea 91%. Even in states that offer free preschool, support varies tremendously. Washington DC spends over $15,000 per child, while Mississippi spends less than $2,000 per child. As our preschool and child-age populations grow in their need for bi-lingual or multi-lingual materials, media can—and does—play an increasingly important role.

Read more on Episode 37: Media & Early Childhood and Multilingual Education…

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Airdates: Wednesday, March 14th, 12:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., and Thursday, March 15th, 4:30 a.m/ET.


On this episode of Media Inside Out, we explore the challenges of parenting in a media-rich world. Every day, most of us make numerous decisions about our media use. We consider what to download, how long to binge watch our favorite show, and whether or not to post a photo to Instagram. But if you’re a parent, you’re not just pondering the answers to those questions for yourself, you’re considering the best answer for your children as well.  During this episode, host/producer Sherri Hope Culver talks to three parents navigating the challenge of parenting in this digital universe. We share best practices and discuss the challenges finding a balance for children’s media consumption.

Read more on Episode 36: Parenting in the Digital Age…

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Airdates: Wednesday, Feb. 7th, 12:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., and Thursday, Feb 8th, 4:30 a.m/ET.

Because of the recent #MeToo movement and Women’s Marches across the country, Merriam-Webster announced that its 2017 Word of the Year was feminism. However, how do we define feminism? What does the word really mean to you and does it even matter? The media is influential in shaping our opinion and understanding of feminism through representations of strong female characters. But what makes media feminist, if at all?

Read more on Episode 35: Feminist Representation in the Media…

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Airdates: Wednesday, Nov. 15th, 12:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., and Thursday, Nov 16th, 4:30 a.m/ET.

Consuming media—watching TV, playing a video game, downloading music—evokes a wide range of emotions. Happiness. Love. Boredom. Anger. But one emotion that it does NOT seem to evoke, is empathy. In fact, it can sometimes feel as if media content is designed for the exact opposite. News is often reported to pit one group against another. Reality TV celebrates defiance to authority. Lyrics in popular music sing about power and individualism. What happens when the media messages all around us make the feeling of empathy or a desire for empathy, seem like weakness and anti-heroic?

Read more on Episode 34: Media’s Influence on Empathy…

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This episode is set to air on Wednesday, October 25th at 12:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., and Thursday, October 26th at 4:30 a.m/ET.

News stories don’t just inform us about a hurricane or a shooting or some awful tragedy, they use words and visuals selected for their ability to evoke emotion. Emotional connections keep us glued to whatever media we’re consuming. And consuming more media for longer periods of time is how most media companies generate more revenue. How does this aid or hinder our actual understanding of the news? On this episode of Media Inside Out, Host Sherri Hope Culver and guests, Ellen Gray from the Philadelphia Daily News and Dr. Lauren Kogen from Temple University, will consider the intended and unintended consequences of how the media sensationalizes tragedy.

Read more on Episode 33: How the Media Sensationalizes Tragedy…

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This episode is set to air on Wednesday, October 11th at 12:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., and Thursday, October 12th at 4:30 a.m/ET.

It seems as though all of social media activity is centered on getting other people to see and “like” the posts we put online. The goal is to go viral, but there seems to be no rhyme or reason as to why something catches on. How does this change the way we market ourselves and businesses? Host Sherri Hope Culver explores the common elements that attract us to this social media content and why with social media marketing experts Matthew Ray, Co-Founder and Creative Director of ChatterBlast; Ryan Olah, Talent Marketing and Communication Specialist at Comcast; and Hannah Kurtz, Digital Strategist at Maven Communication.

Read more on Episode 32: Social Media Marketing…

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This episode is set to air on Wednesday, October 4th at 12:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., and Thursday, October 5th at 4:30 a.m/ET.

History has a profound impact on society as we learn from the past.  But, we now find ourselves in an age where the very notion of “fact” has been called into question. President Trump often refers to legitimate news sources as fake news, while his team puts forward different points of view by teaming them ‘alternative facts’. The push and pull from the news media to the White House to elected officials to us, as citizens, has created some primordial soup of misunderstanding.  On this episode of Media Inside Out, host Sherri Hope Culver speaks with Jason Steinhauer, a public historian and the director of Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest, about the different ways to explore history communication.

Read more on Episode 31: History Communication…

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