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Up to the Task: Emily Anderson Named Executive Editor

Up to the Task: Emily Anderson Named Executive Editor

By Josh Petersen

April 20, 2018

  The past 12 months have been a particularly eventful and often troubling era for the University of Utah community. In April 2017, Mary Beckerle was dismissed as CEO of the Huntsman Cancer Institute, provoking criticism from staff members and Jon Huntsman, Sr. In September 2017, in response to the controversy, University of ...

An Analysis of the Top Ten Songs in America

An Analysis of the Top Ten Songs in America

By Josh Petersen

April 17, 2018

With streaming services and digital platforms taking over traditional radio play and records sales are measures of popularity, what it means to have a “hit song” is radically changing. Using the top ten songs from the April 14 Billboard Hot 100, I check in on what pop music is up to right now —...

Kacey Musgraves Is a One Woman Country Music Revolution

Kacey Musgraves Is a One Woman Country Music Revolution

By Josh Petersen

April 8, 2018

When Kacey Musgraves released her major-label debut “Same Trailer, Different Park” in 2013, she immediately established herself as a renegade and a revivalist, capable of pushing country music in a new direction while simultaneously recapturing its essential soul. This, of course, is a lot to ask...

U of U Students to Perform “Our Country’s Good”

U of U Students to Perform “Our Country’s Good”

By Josh Petersen

April 4, 2018

For most people, the image of a convict living in prison and the image of a sensitive actor baring his soul onstage could not be more different. It seems as if these are two worlds that would never collide, but in the play “Our Country’s Good” — written by Timberlake Wertenbaker based on the...

PTC Stumbles with “Twelfth Night”

PTC Stumbles with “Twelfth Night”

By Josh Petersen

April 2, 2018

Adapting well-known plays can be a hard proposition, and the challenges seem to increase with every subsequent production. Without any radical new direction, a production can feel like a pointless re-hash, but if too much is changed, the play’s most important qualities are lost. The clash between reinvention...

To Binge or Not to Binge Episode 13: “Top of the Lake”

To Binge or Not to Binge Episode 13: “Top of the Lake”

By Josh Petersen

March 15, 2018

From "Law & Order" to "CSI" and "Criminal Minds," the police procedural has long been a staple of network television. This genre is known for its comforting formulas — for the most part, even the most complex and heinous crimes are tied up in 45 minutes, and the next episode hits the reset button...

“Up (The Man in the Flying Chair)” is Smart and Engaging

“Up (The Man in the Flying Chair)” is Smart and Engaging

By Josh Petersen

March 14, 2018

Loosely based on a true story, Bridget Carpenter’s “Up (The Man in the Flying Chair)” examines the aftermath of an event that on its face feels like a mere tabloid curiosity. In the 1970s, Walter Griffin (Dominic Zappala) watched with awe as Philippe Petit set up a wire between the Twin Towers...

Hope for Women In Film After #MeToo

Hope for Women In Film After #MeToo

By Josh Petersen

March 8, 2018

Though gender representation in Hollywood has been a source of debate for several years, this issue was catapulted to the forefront of our national consciousness in 2017. The recent cascade of sexual harassment allegations began, after all, with the revelation that influential film producer Harvey Weinstein...

To Binge or Not to Binge Episode 12: “Queer Eye”

To Binge or Not to Binge Episode 12: “Queer Eye”

By Josh Petersen

March 8, 2018

Since its launch in February 2018, the Netflix reality series “Queer Eye” has turned into a surprise hit for a platform mainly focused on traditional scripted series. Based on the 2003 series of the same name, each episode follows a sturdy, strangely intoxicating formula. One (usually) straight man...

Opening Up the Oscars: The Awkward Politics of the Academy Awards

Opening Up the Oscars: The Awkward Politics of the Academy Awards

By Josh Petersen

March 7, 2018

Coming in to this year’s Academy Awards, one question loomed large: how will the ceremony respond to a year of turbulent political change both in Hollywood and Washington? The answer: rather awkwardly. Even in Jimmy Kimmel’s funny opening monologue, the correct response to the Weinstein scandal and...

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