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A painting for the U.S. Army’s Stars and Stripes newspaper shows a downed pilot fending off sharks with a knife. Ed Vebell/Getty Images

Before Shark Week and ‘Jaws,’ World War II spawned America’s shark obsession

As part of the nation’s massive wartime mobilization effort, millions of Americans, for the first time, traveled abroad – where many had their first encounters with the marine predators.
A group of policemen in Marseille, France, pass in front of a bus shelter featuring a poster from the television series ‘Paris Police 1900’. (Shutterstock)

Cop shows: Should they be cancelled or rebooted?

The classic cop show is now a problematic genre, but if it can change, then perhaps real world policing can too.
Seventy-four percent of shows and films with an abortion plot line centered on an impregnated white character, including ‘Little Fires Everywhere.’ Hulu

In 2020, TV and film still couldn’t get abortion right

Hollywood continues to dramatically exaggerate the medical risks associated with abortion while downplaying barriers to access.
When Frank Conrad broadcast the results of the 1920 presidential election, he had no idea that politics would be forever transformed. Bettmann via Getty Images

100 years ago, the first commercial radio broadcast announced the results of the 1920 election – politics would never be the same

For centuries, people largely read politicians’ words. But with the advent of radio, the ability of politicians to engage and entertain became crucial components of their candidacies.

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