‘Fred Had a Lot of Heroes.’ A Conversation with Joanne Rogers, Mister Rogers’ Wife

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Joanne Rogers

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a film about legendary children’s television host Fred Rogers, comes to theaters next week. We’ll publish our full review next Thursday, of course, but for starters it’s not a biopic: We don’t see Rogers (who died in 2003) grow up or his formative years in television. For that, you […]

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“You Have to Be Proactive.” An Interview With VeggieTales Creator Phil Vischer

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Phil Vischer

Thanks to Phil Vischer, kids love their veggies. Not necessarily the vegetables that land on the dinner plate (because, let’s face it, beets are disgusting). But in 1993, he and Mike Nawrocki introduced them to Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber and a bunch of other characters typically found in the produce aisle. Their direct-to-video […]

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A Plugged In Conversation With Skillet’s John Cooper

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John Cooper interview

Skillet has spent more than two decades pumping out hard rock delivering a two-part message: Life can be hard, but God is faithful. That theme is evident again on the band’s 10th studio album, Victorious. Recently, Skillet’s high-energy road show rolled through the Rocky Mountains, and my son and I had a chance to go […]

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‘I Did It Funny for Funny.’ A Conversation With the Late Tim Conway

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Tim Conway

Tim Conway could make you weep in the very best of ways. The comedian, who died today at the age of 85, did it all the time on The Carol Burnett Show, where Conway rose to fame. His knack for improvisation, deadpan delivery and comic timing made his castmates, especially Harvey Korman, laugh until they […]

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A Plugged In Conversation with Television Advocate Tim Winter

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PTC interview

Few inventions have reshaped culture the way television has. Since its mainstream emergence in the 1950s, television has both reflected cultural values and reinforced them, too. Since 1995, the Parents Television Council has sought to equip parents with information they need to better understand this medium’s influence, especially on children. The PTC has played strong […]

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Monsters, Motherhood and The Curse of La Llorona

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Horror movies aren’t for everyone. Some aren’t for anyone. But while fright flicks are often freighted with lots of really, really problematic content, some also contain interesting themes, too. Unlike most genres, they have license to deal explicitly with some of the biggest spiritual issues we face: What is evil? What lies in the hereafter? […]

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‘We Are Not Guaranteed Anything.’ A Talk With the Creators of the Poignant Doc The Long Goodbye

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Kara Tippetts

Paul tells us in Romans 8:28, “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” But that promise can also make the pain and grief we feel so much harder, in some ways, and so much more confusing. I had this thought […]

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Religion on the Wane? NatGeo’s The Story of God Says Otherwise.

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It’s said that we’re living in a post-Christian society these days. Church attendance is declining. The number of Americans who claim no formal religious affiliation is growing. But does that mean that religion’s influence is fading? Not according to Morgan Freeman. “I’m not sure it’s correct to say that religion is on the wane in […]

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Can 13 Reasons Why be tragically influential? A Grieving Mom Says Yes, and Why.

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13 Reasons why

When researching a book I wrote about media discernment, I found scores of studies linking numerous negative human behaviors to entertainment. For instance, researchers believe that kids who see characters smoke onscreen are more likely to light up in real life. Other studies link onscreen sexual activities and actual sexual behaviors. But what about suicides? […]

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‘Why Watch a Movie That’s Going to Break My Heart?’ A Conversation With Director Dianne Dreyer

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Change in the Air

Plugged In reviews a lot of movies. My cohorts and I probably write about 200 reviews every year, covering just about every movie you’re likely to see in the local multiplex. And we just scratch the surface. More than 730 movies were released in 2017, most of them under-the-radar indie films or special-interest flicks. We […]

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The Man Behind the Bear: An Interview With Christopher Robin Producer Brigham Taylor

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Christopher Robin may not be wandering around a 100-acre wood anymore, but he’s just as lost as he ever was. He’s an adult now, working way too much and losing touch with his young family. He could use a little help finding his way out of his very adult predicament—and he finds it in some […]

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