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When Star Wars opened in 1977, Robert Hatch, film reviewer for The Nation magazine, wrote that it "belongs in the sub-basement, or interstellar comic-strip school of science fiction, Terry and the Pirates with astro-drive." Hatch concluded that all in all, Star Wars "is an outrageously successful…compilation of nonsense."

The Nation's archivist, Richard Kreitner chose Robert Hatch's review for the May twenty-fifth entry on his daily blog The Almanac which the magazine is publishing to celebrate 150 years of publishing.

In this New Books Network journalism podcast, Richard Kreitner discusses events that happened in the last week of May and how The Nation covered them.

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Richard Kreitner, ed.The Almanac: 150 Years of The Nation (3)

May 18, 2015

The Nation magazine, a beacon of the cultural and political left, is celebrating 150 years of publishing. As part of its celebration, it's publishing a daily blog called The Almanac that looks at events on each day of the year and how The Nation covered them. In this New Books Network journalism podcast, you'll hear Richard Kreitner, the magazine's […]

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Richard Kreitner, ed.The Almanac: 150 Years of The Nation (2)

May 10, 2015

The Nation magazine is one of America's most distinguished journalistic enterprises featuring the writing and work of such notable people as Calvin Trillin, Noam Chomsky, Jessica Mitford, James Baldwin and Naomi Klein. The Nation was founded 150 years ago this July. It's America's oldest weekly magazine. To mark its 150th anniversary, it's publishing a daily […]

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Richard Kreitner, ed.The Almanac: 150 Years of The Nation (1)

April 15, 2015

The Nation magazine is one of America's most distinguished journalistic enterprises featuring the writing and work of such notable people as Albert Einstein, Emma Goldman, Molly Ivins, I.F. Stone and Hunter S. Thompson. The Nation was founded 150 years ago this July. It's America's oldest weekly magazine. To mark its 15oth anniversary, it's publishing a daily […]

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Deana A. RohlingerAbortion Politics, Mass Media, and Social Movements in America

February 16, 2015

[Cross-posted from New Books in Political Science] Deana A. Rohlinger has just written Abortion Politics, Mass Media, and Social Movements in America (Cambridge University Press, 2015). Rohlinger is associate professor of sociology at Florida State University. In the last several weeks, the podcast has featured a variety of political scientists who study interest groups and social movements. This week, Deana […]

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John Lloyd and Cristina MarconiReporting the EU: News, Media and the European Institutions

December 5, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in European Studies] How those within the Brussels Beltway in the EU institutions must pine for the simple days of the past. Not only was the European project in itself far less contested, but the nature of the journalism surrounding the EU was also far more accommodating. One of the main […]

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Victor PickardAmerica’s Battle for Media Democracy: The Triumph of Corporate Libertarianism and the Future of Media Reform

November 25, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Technology] The media system in the United States could have developed into something very different than what it is today. In fact, there was an era in which significant media reform was considered. This was a time when media consumers were tired of constant advertising, bias, and control by corporate entities, and […]

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Randal MarlinPropaganda and the Ethics of Persuasion (Second Edition)

November 17, 2014

It's been 100 years since the start of the First World War, a conflict that cost millions of lives. In his recently revised book, Propaganda and the Ethics of Persuasion (2013), Randal Marlin writes that Britain pioneered propaganda techniques to sell that war that have been imitated ever since. He tells how the British spread […]

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Heather MenziesReclaiming the Commons for the Common Good: A Memoir and Manifesto

October 6, 2014

The Canadian author and scholar, Heather Menzies, has written a book about the journey she took to the highlands of Scotland in search of her ancestral roots. In Reclaiming the Commons for the Common Good: A Memoir & Manifesto (New Society Publishers, 2014), Menzies outlines her discovery of a vanished way of life and argues […]

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Jonathan SwartsConstructing Neoliberalism: Economic Transformation in Anglo-American Democracies

September 22, 2014

The new book, Constructing Neoliberalism: Economic Transformation in Anglo-American Democracies (University of Toronto Press, 2013) shows how political elites in Britain, New Zealand, Australia and Canada successfully introduced radically new economic policies in the 1980s. While opinion polls have consistently showed that neoliberal policies are not popular, governments in all four countries have continued implementing an agenda […]

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