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Watchmen (HBO Series)



Host Erroll Southers is joined by Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro, Alex Ago, and Aubrey Hicks to discuss the first episode of the new HBO series Watchmen.

Starring Regina King, Tim Blake Nelson, and an enormously talented ensemble cast, the series picks up beyond the first film and original DC comic series written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons. We are in an alternate version of the world, one in which the war in Vietnam was won and Vietnam annexed as a state. A world in which reparations of some sort were paid. A world in which the police wear masks and the great masked vigilantes of the past are now legends of a different kind.

We discuss the ability of pop culture to delved into deep societal issues, and what the responsibility of the creators is to historical content in a fictional setting.

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The Godfather (1972 – dir. Francis Ford Coppola)

Depending on who you talk to, The Godfather is either a story of an “aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son” or, the “greatest gangster film of all time.”

We discuss why the film is still watched … and loved almost 50 years later.

Listen as host Erroll Southers discusses the first of the trilogy, The Godfather, with Carla Della Gatta, Aubrey Hicks, and Jonathan Schwartz.

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Us (dir. Jordan Peele)

From the mind the brought us Get Out, is the new film scaring audiences across the states. In Jordan Peele’s latest film, Us, doppelgängers menace a family trying to enjoy their summer vacation. But … as in Get Out, everything isn’t quite that simple. Warning: Spoilers!

What mirror is Peele holding up for us now?

New Zealand shooting is warning for US: Get serious about white supremacist terror threat

USA Today published an Op-Ed written by Erroll G. Southers,  former FBI special agent, professor of national and homeland security at the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy, director of USC Safe Communities Institute, and director of Homegrown Violent Extremism Studies. It’s a group of extremists and potential “terrorists,” with Read more…

Portland cop’s chatty texts to Patriot Prayer spur outrage but are standard police strategy, experts say

The Oregonian quoted Erroll Southers of the USC Price School about law enforcement strategies to communicate with extremist groups. The confiding tone of Niiya’s emails and texts could be taken as preferential treatment to people not familiar with police technique, said Erroll G. Southers, a national security professor at the University of Southern Read more…

Sorry to Bother You

Sorry to Bother You, written and directed by Boots Riley. The film follows a young Cassius (Cash) Green who joins an Oakland telemarketing company, adopting a white accent to thrive, propelling him up the ladder. He is faced with the dilemma of success and the ethics of what he’s selling. Read more…

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