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Many times on this show, we’ve talked about how media affects kids. We’ve had experts speak about concerns regarding video games or social media, or the influence of media on kid’s lives. But we’ve never given kids the opportunity to speak for themselves! On this episode of Media Inside Out, three middle schoolers share with us what they think about media and what concerns them—if anything. They share their favorite

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Religion and media often intersect and collide, and often in messy ways. Religion might be the focus of a documentary, the theme of a sitcom episode, the butt of a late-night joke, the topic of a viral social media meme, or the subject of extended coverage in a breaking news story. Religion might be the thread some use to keep peace elusive, or the olive branch used to bring peace

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At a time in which the ways we consume media have been changing rapidly, how much do we want the government to help support media industry growth or determine media industry restrictions? These questions are not some purely academic exercise. The answers affect what you get to see, where you get to see it, and who gets to offer it to you. On this episode of Media Inside Out, we

On this episode of Media Inside Out, our discussion will highlight the current state of the music industry, with a focus on gender equality and inequality both from the performance side and the management side of the field. We will also talk about how the music industry has changed– or not, including which improvements to equality have been most successful, examples of recent successes, and areas that still need attention

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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. Joining us in this discussion are three guests:

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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

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

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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.

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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,

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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

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