Moving Pictures

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The "Lego Movie" features the voice talents of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson, Elizabeth Banks and many others.

Do big Hollywood pictures have the ability to sway our political views? Conventional wisdom among political scientists has long held that popular cinema--films viewed for “entertainment” purposes--only had “minimal effects” on viewers’ political attitudes. But a recent study from the University of Notre Dame upends that view. Brooke talks with Jeremy Castle, one of the study's authors, who explains that because viewers think of movies as entertainment, they’re less on guard, and more susceptible to absorbing political messages.

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"Bubble Wrap" (from the film "Wall-E") by Thomas Newman