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January 09, 2014 12:00 PM Duck Decoy

How the entertainment industry made the Duck Dynasty family into rednecks.

By Daniel Luzer

September 03, 2013 10:31 AM 'The Butler' and Ronald Reagan's Race Problem

Steven F. Hayward, Paul Kengor, Craig Shirley and Kiron K. Skinner wrote a strange Washington Post op-ed yesterday decrying the inspiro-pic “The Butler,” for its allegedly unkind portrayal of Ronald Reagan’s racial views. I was a little surprised by their...

By Harold Pollack

June 27, 2013 10:00 AM Zombies of ‘World War Z’ Are Realer Than They Look

The zombies in the new film “World War Z” are too fast to be truly scary. That may be a sacrilegious point in some nerd circles, but it’s a key insight derived from epidemiology and, zombies aside, it has serious...

By Ezra Klein

June 18, 2013 11:15 AM The Politics of Krypton

[Spoilers ahead] The new "Man of Steel" is largely faithful to earlier depictions of the Superman story (at least on film and television -- I am admittedly not well versed on the comic books), but it does make a...

By Seth Masket

May 22, 2013 10:55 AM The Political Science of Star Trek

We welcome this guest post from Stephen Benedict Dyson.*****Star Trek Into Darkness, the number one movie in America, is rife with political resonance. Political scientists have taken to analyzing popular cultural entertainment, and Star Trek, in its classic and current...

By John Sides