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150 Years of The Nation

Streaming Video - 2016
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Directed by two-time Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple, HOT TYPE: 150 YEARS OF THE NATION is a vivid look at America's oldest continuously published weekly magazine. Centered through Editor Katrina vanden Heuvel, as well as an impressive array of passionate writers, the film is a journey into the soul of American Journalism. With unfettered access and unfiltered honesty, HOT TYPE captures the day-to-day pressures and challenges of publishing a weekly magazine, as well as illuminating hot the past continuously ripples through and shapes current events. It is the story of The Nation - and the nation - evolving into the future as it is guided by its remarkable past.
Publisher: [United States] : First Run Features : Made available through hoopla, 2016
Branch Call Number: EVIDEO HOOPLA
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 92 min.)) : sound, color
Additional Contributors: Vanden Heuvel, Katrina
Kopple, Barbara
Alternative Title: hoopla (Digital media service)


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Apr 20, 2018

While I enjoyed this documentary very much, I found the subtitle of "150 Years of The Nation" to be misleading. There were brief mentions of the history of the oldest print magazine in the U. S., but the vast majority of the film dealt with publication, the intern system, and more current issues. I found this to be very interesting, but it was not what I expected. One of the most interesting comments in the film dealt with the idea that conservatives believe the know the facts; liberals struggle with the gray areas of issues. Though the Nation takes stands on events, I believe it attempts to look at multiple aspects. Case in point, gun legislation. The NRA and the many in the right believe that laws concerning gun control will take away the right of citizens to "bear arms". The position of the left is an attempt to see both sides of the issue. The result is the opinion that guns legally purchased are acceptable, but no one needs to have an assault weapon capable of firing hundreds of rounds rapidly unless you are in the military and perhaps the police. No one hunts with an assault weapon or Bambi turns into chopped liver. The right is an all or nothing "factual" view while the left seeks a compromise to protect school children and other citizens. Knee-jerk "facts" from the right meet consideration from the left. Knowing vs reasoning. Sorry I did not intend for this to be a soapbox, but I am proud to see that a liberal magazine has striven to publish the truth for 150 years. I recommend the documentary. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Oct 25, 2016

I haven't yet seen this, but would caution any true progressive to view it with extreme skepticism and a most critical eye: Katrina vanden Heuvel and her father have belonged to some highly questionable organizations [when they have Henry Kissinger as a member they are most certainly below-board], and too many times I've seen disinformation in The Nation's pages, and recall they purged the socialists from their ranks around the 1950s, I believe!
[Last time, some six months or so ago, I read an article in it by the senior editor of fact-checking at The New Yorker, where he characterized the deposed democratically elected president of Guatemala {by the CIA during Eisenhower's time} a communist, when in point of fact he was a capitalist, trying to establish a middle class in his country - - and it contained other falsehoods!]


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