Why ‘Sharknado 4’ matters: Do climate disaster movies hurt the climate cause?

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Climate disaster films are an emerging genre that reflect people’s desire to cope with a changing planet through art. How will they affect public attitudes on climate change?

frank Finds: What to Talk About When You Talk About Going Viral

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NPR Wants To Know If It’s Possible to Measure How Much People Care

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What’s the point of journalism? That’s a question Brian Boyer has taken deeply to heart. As the Visuals Editor of NPR, he’s been hard at work for the last six months on a project called Carebot, which tracks how well news stories drive audiences to take action and aims to “change how newsrooms measure and […]

Shifting the Perspective on the Story of Slavery

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AndACTION worked with Color of Change to participate in the official “Underground” live-tweet with cast members, creators and an enthusiastic audience for the the “Firefly” episode. Color of Change is a trusted and proven leader in racial justice, and AndAction were interested in seeing how they could connect the “Underground” audience to their work. Check out what happened.

frank Finds: Hashtag Takeovers, Ending Sexism and 360 Degree Storytelling

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Telling Women’s Stories to Drive Change: An Interview with The Goddess Project

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In honor of International Women’s Day, I talked with Sara Landas and Holli Rae, the filmmakers behind the new grassroots documentary, The Goddess Project, about their film, the role of media in driving change and why it is important to tell stories about women’s lives.

After the Transgender Tipping Point

The exclusion and denial of trans lives gets imagined as something we’ve moved on from, while the everyday struggles that face trans people remain ignored.

Banning apps won’t protect kids from predators. They’re in danger offline, too.

Let’s do a better job teaching children about age-appropriate relationships and helping them practice refusal skills.

How local media coverage is forcing Cleveland to try to finally fix its lead problem

Two reporters realized that local media would cover childhood lead poisoning once every decade or so, and each time, a flurry of grants and plans from the city and the county would follow. Then, quiet. So they decided to take matters into their own hands.

Coldplay and Beyoncé Hope to Match Past Spectacles at Super Bowl Halftime Show

The 50th Super Bowl takes place this weekend, with a halftime show by Coldplay featuring a guest appearance by Beyoncé.