The Zika Virus and the Problem of Existence
May30

The Zika Virus and the Problem of Existence

Origami Elephants returns after an extended hiatus! Maybe it’s Bryne’s new baby, but we’ve been thinking about Zika, and the implications the virus has for questions of human existence. Listen up as we debate life, death and everything in between.

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Focus on Spotlight
Jan22

Focus on Spotlight

Spotlight is another fantastic film in a genre that only seems to be gaining momentum: a turning away from the traditional virtue narrative in favor of focusing on system failure.

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The Problem with the Virtuous Hero
Jan09

The Problem with the Virtuous Hero

Bryne and JR. recap some of our favorite films of a very good year, then dive into a couple that signal a shift in how we are telling stories as a culture. The Big Short, Sicario and Netflix’ Making a Murderer demonstrate an important shift away from the traditional virtue narrative Americans like so much toward more complicated, complex and honest storytelling. We evaluate this shift, and why we are so excited for it.

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Moral Storytelling in The Big Short and Making a Murderer
Jan05

Moral Storytelling in The Big Short and Making a Murderer

America loves a good hero, but new stories, like The Big Short and Making a Murderer, have made it to screen that focus on systematic failure rather than personal victory. Find out how they frame the moral dilemma differently.

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Making the Invisible Visible
Nov16

Making the Invisible Visible

In the wake of protests at Mizzou and Yale, Bryne and JR. investigate how protests make invisible persons visible, and explore how those in power ought to respond.

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Privilege, Playboy and Prostitution
Oct31

Privilege, Playboy and Prostitution

Bryne walks JR. through her recent lessons on privilege. They discuss Playboy’s surprising announcement and then move into a conversation about Amnesty: International’s controversial decision to support decriminalized prostitution worldwide.

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