The Cinema Show

American roadtrip

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5 July 2017

Episode 83

30 minutes


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Pack your bags! We’re taking a ride across the US to visit some of the locations behind the country’s film history. In Dallas, we take a seat in the cinema where Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested shortly after the death of president John F Kennedy. Plus: how superheroes give voice to American cultural fears and the new documentary that questions popular perceptions of genetically modified food.

5 July 2017

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

Small-town America

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Ben Rylan looks at why depictions of Superman’s hometown, Smallville, always seem to reflect postcard-perfect images of nostalgic America.

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Chapter 2

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Superheroes and cultural anxiety

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Writer Carmen Petaccio reflects on how the US’s cultural fears are expressed via the stories of superheroes.

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Chapter 3

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Chapter 3

Where Lee Harvey Oswald sat

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We visit the Dallas cinema where Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested shortly after the shooting of president John F Kennedy.

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Chapter 4

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The science of food

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‘Food Evolution’ director Scott Hamilton Kennedy explains why it’s time science had a say in the debate over genetically modified foods.

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