Topic: Visual Arts

Current Event February 6, 2020

Asian Americans in Film

Race Ethnicity Visual Arts

More Hollywood films featuring Asian Americans are being made, with some hitting it big at the box office. According to one producer, the trend signals a change in the way Asian Americans are perceived and accepted by mainstream culture. Listen to hear a YouTube channel producer explain how digital media helps minority artists break through, and what the success of Awkwafina means for other Asian American performers.

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Current Event January 28, 2020

"Little Women" Remains Relevant

Gender American Literature Classics Visual Arts

In a new movie version of Little Women, based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott, actress Saoirse Ronan plays the independent, rebellious Jo March. Little Women depicts the lives of four sisters and their mother, Marmee, as they struggle to survive while their father is off fighting in the Civil War. Ronan explains how the economic constraints on women at the time shaped the sisters’ life choices. Listen to hear more about the making of Little Women and why the lead actress believes the story remains relevant today.

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Current Event January 20, 2020

Weird News: Penny Pyramid

Culture Visual Arts

Listen to hear about a man who built a pyramid out of pennies.

Vocabulary: demolish, unconventional

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