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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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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.

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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

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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

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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

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This episode aired live on Monday, April 24th at 11:30 a.m.  From stories in the news, to characters in popular TV shows or reality shows, people with mental illness are often played for laughs, or distorted to create conflict in a plot line or simply misleading. The National Alliance on Mental Illness reports that 1 in 5 adults will experience mental illness in a given year. So, this is touching almost

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  This episode is set to air on Wednesday, April 26th at 12:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., and Thursday, April 27th at 4:30 a.m. The conversation about the digital divide continues in this episode of Media Inside Out. Is it a city’s responsibility to provide digital access? How are community services tackling the issue here in Philadelphia? This episode explores these questions and more with Philadelphians working to provide equal access opportunity

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Media literacy and environmental education are often interconnected. In this episode of Media Inside Out, we explore how sustainability and environmental awareness is communicated through various mediums of media and what these conversations are about. Guests:    

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