Foxconn’s Manufacturing Materials, Not Your Typical Summer Movie Season, Politeness In Democracy

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Summer moviegoers are seeing plenty of films with a social message alongside the traditional blockbusters. A movie critic talks about why so many “socially conscious” pictures are being made and which ones are worth seeing. We also talk about several dangerous materials that may be used at Foxconn’s proposed technology manufacturing plant. Another guest discusses why, in times of bitter political polarization, he thinks democracy needs politeness to survive.

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Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Judith Siers-Poisson Host
  • Amanda Magnus Producer
  • Judith Siers-Poisson Producer
  • J. Carlisle Larsen Producer
  • Scott Gordon Guest
  • Reggie Ponder Guest
  • Steven Bullock Guest

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