Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (dir. David Yates)

Let’s delve into whether the newest addition to the Potterverse is Voldemort-lite or complex look at the “Banality of Evil?”

Ender’s Game

When you’ve grown up thinking everything is a zero sum game … what happens when you learn it isn’t?

New episode features host Jeffery Jenkins with guests Aubrey Hicks, Matt Schauer, and Ehsan Zaffar.

To listen to the Bedrosian Book Club discussion of the “Ender’s Game” episode click the arrow in the player on this post. Or you can download it and subscribe through ApplePodcastsSoundcloudGoogle PlayStitcher or your favorite podcasting app!

CSUN professor says she stopped teaching out of fear after this test question about Donald Trump

Los Angeles Daily News quoted Erroll Southers of the USC Price School’s Safe Communities Institute on why universities should have set protocols for dealing with online harassment of faculty. Erroll Southers, director of USC’s Safe Communities Institute, said it’s important that universities and other workplaces have formal protocols to deal with such scenarios. When a…

How to fight extremist hate and violence? Start by pulling out politics, experts say

The Orange County Register covered the USC Price School’s Safe Communities Institute’s conference on how to combat homegrown violent extremism. The event included speeches and discussions by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, a former jihadist and former white supremacist among others. “We cannot arrest our way out of this problem,” said Erroll Southers, director of…

What is antifa – and does its rise mean the left is becoming more violent?

The Christian Science Monitor quoted Jody Armour about the false assertion that left-leaning individuals are becoming more violent in their political opposition. While the antifa catalog of opposition is broad enough to resonate with progressives who don’t condone violence, even as self-defense, antifa groups make up only a small sliver of progressives and liberals, says…

The Fact of a Body

The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich is a true crime memoir. After encountering the child murderer Ricky Langley, Alexandria’s desire to work as a lawyer to fight against the death penalty is up-ended. She spends several years investigating Ricky’s story as a way to confront the story of her own child abuse. This is a deeply moving book, and a relatively easy read given the morose topic – a testament to the author’s skill.

Our conversation ranges from the effects of trauma on individuals and communities to the genre itself. If you haven’t read it yet, beware that we assume you’ve read it, spoiler alert!

Featuring Jeffery A. Jenkins (@jaj7d ‏), Lisa Schweitzer (@drschweitzer), Brettany K. Shannon (@brettanyshannon), and Deborah Winters

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Special thanks to Flatiron Books for sending us review copies!

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American Assassin – directed by Michael Cuesta

Director Michael Cuesta brings the fictional hero of Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp novels to the big screen in the new film, American Assassin. The all-star cast includes Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton, and Taylor Kitsch as part of a threesome tied together through the specter of betrayal and revenge, set upon a backdrop of international espionage and nuclear threat.

We discuss the level of violence in the film, its portrayal of U.S. black-ops and anti-terrorism efforts, the film’s space within the spy thriller genre, the motivations of the studio, the acting, the gender themes, how millennials may be viewing it, and so much more.

Featuring host Erroll Southers and guests Alessandro Ago, Lt. Col. Olivia Nelson, and David Warshofsky.

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President Trump wants ‘the facts’ on right-wing extremism. Here they are.

In USA Today, Erroll Southers, director, Homegrown Violent Extremism Studies at USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, published an op-ed on right-wing extremism. The truth of it is that our nation has been conditioned to view terrorism as the exclusive province of extremist Muslims. And now the chickens are coming home to roost. For far…

In light of white nationalism and counter-protests, we revisit the First Amendment

KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk” interviewed Jody Armour of the USC Gould School about the legal limits of protesting hate speech. So what are the legal limits of protesting hate speech? Is violence ever justifiable and in what situations? What are the strategic and legal approaches to fighting movements that protesters view as morally reprehensible? Listen to the…