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Huffington Post: why we need to get past stereotypes of conservatives

Huffington Post: why we need to get past stereotypes of conservatives

Clay Farris Naff of Nebraskans for Science shares some reflections on “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” after viewing it with in a packed house in Lincoln, Nebraska — a region with, of course, close ties to Kansas and itself home to a fiesty, hopeless outnumbered band of progressive prairie populists.
Perhaps in part because he recognizes [...]

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Wichita screening – Thursday, July 8 – one night only!

Wichita screening – Thursday, July 8 – one night only!

After running for eight weeks in Lawrence and Kansas City, “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” will finally screen again in Wichita, in the heart of the state, where much of the filming took place.
The Wichita Public Library will screen the movie on Thursday, July 8 at 6:00 pm.
The screening is part of the library’s 25th [...]

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Here comes Rand Paul and the Tea Party

Here comes Rand Paul and the Tea Party

After a year of proclaiming that the Tea Party, which about 18% of Americans claim to support, represents a popular uprising against President Obama, the Republican Party is now trying to stuff the tea back in the bag

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A Kansas farmers perspective on financial speculation

A Kansas farmers perspective on financial speculation

Chatting with Kansas Farmers Union President Donn Teske this morning, in advance of his appearance with the movie in Lincoln, Nebraska, reminded us recently that the proposed legislation to impose tighter regulation on the banks and Wall Street comes out of the Agriculture Department.  Huh?  As Slate’s Explainer explains:
Because traders used to gamble with corn. [...]

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June 20, 2010 screening at the Acorn Theater, Three Oaks, MI

June 20, 2010 screening at the Acorn Theater, Three Oaks, MI

What’s the Matter with Kansas? will have a single screening on Sunday, June 20, 2010, as part of the Sunday Matinee Indie Film Festival at the lovely Acorn Theater in Three Oaks, Michigan, which is easily accessible from the Chicago area.  Filmmakers Laura Cohen and Joe Winston will hold a Q & A with the [...]

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How to Escape a Partisan Echo Chamber

How to Escape a Partisan Echo Chamber

We all know by now that our President’s vision of an America (esp. Washington, D.C.) that has risen above endless partisan bickering has failed to materialize.  Recently, at a commencement speech at the University of Michigan, he blamed partisan echo chambers — forums wherein Americans only hear what they already believe, but more so.
Despite what [...]

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Democrats distracted by wedge issues of their own?

Democrats distracted by wedge issues of their own?

Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala) says that Democrats should focus on the economy this year, not immigration or global warming. “One in ten Americans are unemployed. Wages are stagnant. The pace of creation is too slow.”  He concludes that the immigration and global warming issues are “too divisive.”
William Galston of the National Review agrees:
Elementary [...]

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Lincoln, Nebraska May 28 – June 3

Lincoln, Nebraska May 28 – June 3

What’s the Matter with Kansas? will screen for ONE WEEK ONLY at the Ross Media Arts Center in Lincoln, NE starting on Friday, May 28, 2010 (the start of Memorial Day Weekend.)
Kansas Farmers Union President Donn Teske, a star of the film, will appear on opening night after the 7:30 pm screening, and take questions [...]

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Filmmakers will speak at IFP/Chicago Producers’ Series Sunday, May 2

Filmmakers will speak at IFP/Chicago Producers’ Series Sunday, May 2

Filmmakers Laura Cohen and Joe Winston will speak at the 2010 IFP/Chicago Producers’ Series, where they’ll relate their adventures making and marketing What’s the Matter with Kansas?
The Producers’ Series is an annual intensive workshop for professional and  emerging filmmakers to learn about how to actually get projects made and sold.  We attend every year and [...]

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Inside the mind of the Tea Partier

Inside the mind of the Tea Partier

Today, of course, was “Tax Day,” marked by 768 Tea Party Protests across the country.  (Slate has a map of how the movement has grown across the country.)
For the occasion, the Tea Party will unveil a “Contract From America,” a ten-point list which was arrived at through polling of its members.  Here’s a summary:
(1) Require [...]

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Pope Michael: The Movie

Pope Michael: The Movie

In a small town in Kansas, a small group of Conclavists believe that all every Pope elected since Vatican II is a heretic (and the appointments to the College of Cardinals since 1958 to be invalid), so they’ve elected their own  — David Bawden, or Pope Michael.
Bawden was elected Pope Michael in 1990 by a [...]

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