Monday, November 02, 2015
Back in September, Viola Davis became the first African-American woman to win the Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama Series, the moment was heralded in the media as a victory for racial equity in Hollywood. However, only a month before, researchers at U.S.C. released a report on gender bias in films made between 2007 and 2014, and found a ‘‘dismal record of diversity, not just for one group, but for females, people of color and the L.G.B.T. community.’’ We have also seen this recently in other industries as well such in Silicon Valley where small victories are often overenthusiastically celebrated as evidence of larger change. Joining me today to discuss diversity in the workplace and whether or not the word has lost all meaning is Anna Holmes, the founder of Jezebel.com and a columnist for the New York Times Book Review who wrote all about it in the New York Times Magazine. You can also follow Anna on twitter.
Most of us are terrified by monsters and serial killers, but yet we flock to the theaters to see them in films; and we all tend to avoid thinking about death, but some of us will happily jump out of planes and go swimming with sharks for the thrill. Fear is a universal human experience but we all deal with it differently and despite the fact that it shapes so much of how we see and react to the world around us little is known about how this emotion manifests itself and affects us. It is with these questions in mind that sociologist Margee Kerr began studying the science of fear and traveled the world to investigate all the things that make our hearts race, skin crawl, and send chills down are spines. Margee joins me today to talk all about her new book Scream:Chilling Adventures in the Science of Fear which looks at the latest developments in the field and chronicles her adventures seeking out fresh sources of screams from around the world. You can also follow Margee on twitter.
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