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Regulation of the Entertainment Industry
Last Featured: 4/7/2008

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The movie rating industry has initiated some reforms following charges by filmmakers that the system is arbitrary and unfair. But skeptics on both sides of the issue say troubling content in movies, television and music is not being handled appropriately. While some parent organizations say it’s time for more regulation, filmmakers and others say the threat of censorship is all too real. On this edition of Justice Talking, join us for a look at regulating the entertainment industry.

Who's Afraid of the Production Code?
Film professor Jon Lewis comments on the history of film censorship in the United States.

Jon Lewis is a film professor at Oregon State University, and has written several books about the history of film, including American Film: A History.

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Kids, Violence and the Media
Host Margot Adler speaks with professor Dr. Craig Anderson about research on the impact of media violence on children.

Craig Anderson is the director of the Center for the Study of Violence at Iowa State University, where he is also a professor in the psychology department.

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Film Ratings - A Filmmaker's Perspective
Host Margot Adler speaks with director Kirby Dick on his criticisms of the film rating process.

Kirby Dick is an Academy Award-nominated director, and his documentary, "This Film is Not Yet Rated" investigates the Motion Picture Association of America's film rating system.

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Film Ratings - The MPAA Perspective
Host Margot Adler speaks with Motion Picture Association of America ratings administrator Joan Graves on the benefits of the MPAA ratings system.

Joan Graves is the chair of the Classification and Ratings Administration of the Motion Picture Association of America.

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Sex and Violence on TV - A Producer's View
Host Margot Adler and television producer Tom Fontana discuss the best way to regulate violence on television.

Tom Fontana is an award-winning television writer and producer, including the shows "St. Elsewhere" and "Oz." He is also a member of the Creative Coalition, an organization that advocates for the arts in public policy.

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Sex and Violence on TV - A Parent's View
Host Margot Adler speaks with advocate Tim Winter about his organization's push for more regulation against violence, sex and profanity on television.

Tim Winter is the president of the Parents Television Council, and has been the architect of the group's national campaign for Cable Choice. He has previously worked for NBC and MSNBC.

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Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics
Host Margot Adler and music expert Eric Nuzum talk about the history of censorship in the music industry.

Eric Nuzum is the author of Parental Advisory: Music Censorship in America. He works for National Public Radio and opines regularly on his website, www.ericnuzum.com.

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