Television + Radio

Trump's Ascent Reflects Change in Nature of Celebrity, June 18, 2018

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The Road To Now: Episode 21, September 26, 2016.

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Live interview with Backstory and the History Guys, July 19, 2016.

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The rise of the great American dictator, coming to a theatre near you, March 14, 2016.

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John Kerry sits down with Hollywood's message machine , February 17, 2016.

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“Up Close,” Jewish Channel, January 26, 2015.

WLFI News 18, December 4, 2014.

Op-eds + Interviews

"Why Roseanne Barr paid a bigger price for tweeting than Donald Trump has" - The Washington Post, May 30, 2018.
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"Why Roseanne Barr paid a bigger price for tweeting than Donald Trump has" - The Washington Post, May 30, 2018.
"Trump spent years in reality TV. Why doesn’t he have better stagecraft?" - The Washington Post, April 27, 2018.
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"Trump spent years in reality TV. Why doesn’t he have better stagecraft?" - The Washington Post, April 27, 2018.
"Cynthia Nixon's campaign should study the strategies of successful Hollywood conservatives" - NBC News, March 26, 2018.
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"Cynthia Nixon's campaign should study the strategies of successful Hollywood conservatives" - NBC News, March 26, 2018.
"Hollywood has always been political. And it hasn’t always been liberal." - The Washington Post, March 2, 2018.
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"Hollywood has always been political. And it hasn’t always been liberal." - The Washington Post, March 2, 2018.
"10 Modern Presidential Speeches Every American Should Know" - History Stories, February 16, 2018.
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"10 Modern Presidential Speeches Every American Should Know" - History Stories, February 16, 2018.
"Trump's Obsession With His Own Celebrity May Doom His Legacy" - NBC News, October 22, 2017
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"Trump's Obsession With His Own Celebrity May Doom His Legacy" - NBC News, October 22, 2017
"Harvey Weinstein exposed Hollywood’s real politics: sexist and exploitative, not liberal" - The Washington Post, October 13, 2017.
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"Harvey Weinstein exposed Hollywood’s real politics: sexist and exploitative, not liberal" - The Washington Post, October 13, 2017.
"Hollywood strikes defiant tone against Trump's America" - Aljazeera, February 28, 2017.
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"Hollywood strikes defiant tone against Trump's America" - Aljazeera, February 28, 2017.
"A Celebrity-Filled Inauguration Is About More Than Just Entertainment" - Time, January 20, 2017.
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"A Celebrity-Filled Inauguration Is About More Than Just Entertainment" - Time, January 20, 2017.
"Trump's Voter Fraud 'Solution' is Rooted in the Jim Crow South” - Reuters, October 20, 2016.
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"Why the Presidential Debate Can Cut Through the Campaign Hoopla” - Reuters, September 23, 2016.
"Why the Presidential Debate Can Cut Through the Campaign Hoopla” - Reuters, September 23, 2016.
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"Why the Presidential Debate Can Cut Through the Campaign Hoopla” - Reuters, September 23, 2016.
“This Is How Presidential Campaign Ads First Got on TV” - Time, August 30, 2016.
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“This Is How Presidential Campaign Ads First Got on TV” - Time, August 30, 2016.
"Hillary Steals the Show" - U.S. News and World Report, July 29, 2016
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“Hillary Steals the Show” - U.S. News and World Report, July 29, 2016.
"How political conventions became sanitized, made-for-TV infomercials" - The Fix, July 21, 2016.
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“ How political conventions became sanitized, made-for-TV infomercials” - The Fix, July 21, 2016.
"Can the Democratic Party Kick it’s Hollywood Fundraising Habit?" - Reuters, July 5, 2016.
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"Can the Democratic Party Kick it’s Hollywood Fundraising Habit?" - Reuters, July 5, 2016.
"The Saturday Night Live Episode that Changed American Politics" - Time, April 15, 2016
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"The Saturday Night Live Episode that Changed American Politics" - Time, April 15, 2016
“How the Oscars’ social activism took on Hollywood” - Reuters, February 29, 2016.
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“How the Oscars’ social activism took on Hollywood” - Reuters, February 29, 2016.
“Trump fits GOP’s celeb infatuation – but it doesn’t make him a winner” - Reuters, February 2, 2016.
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“Trump fits GOP’s celeb infatuation – but it doesn’t make him a winner” - Reuters, February 2, 2016.
“Thanks to Benghazi hearing, Hillary Clinton is newest reality TV star” - Reuters, October 23, 2015.
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“Thanks to Benghazi hearing, Hillary Clinton is newest reality TV star.” Reuters, October 23, 2015.
“The Power of Laughter” - U.S. News and World Report, October 21, 2015.
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Interviewed for “The Power of Laughter.” U.S. News and World Report, October 21, 2015.
“From Compton to the Black Panthers to ‘Peace Officer': A Raw and Resonant Conversation” - New York Times, October 2, 2015.
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Interviewed for “From Compton to the Black Panthers to ‘Peace Officer: A Raw and Resonant Conversation.” New York Times, October 2, 2015.
“Jon Stewart and Donald Trump are not so different after all" - Reuters, August 7, 2015.
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“Jon Stewart and Donald Trump are not so different after all. Reuters, August 7th, 2015.
“Candidates Carry a Tune on the Campaign Trail” - USA Today, July 15, 2015.
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Interviewed for “Candidates Carry a Tune on the Campaign Trail,” USA Today, July 15, 2015.
“Songs that lead to the White House” - Newsweek, May 11, 2015.
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“Songs that lead to the White House.” Newsweek. May 11, 2015.
“How SNL Brought the Presidency Down (to our level)” - Reuters, February 13, 2015.
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“How SNL Brought the Presidency Down (to our level),” Reuters, February 13, 2015.
“The Power of the Entertainer-in-Chief” - MSNBC.com, December 11, 2014.
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“The Power of the Entertainer-in-Chief,” MSNBC.com, December 11, 2014.
“Richard Nixon’s Surprising Showbiz Legacy” - Reuters, August 8, 2014.
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“Richard Nixon’s Surprising Showbiz Legacy,” Reuters, August 8, 2014.
“JFK’s Legacy: The Party’s Over” (with Bruce Schulman) - Reuters, November 22, 2013.
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“JFK’s Legacy: The Party’s Over” (with Bruce Schulman), Reuters, November 22, 2013.

About

Dr. Kathryn Cramer Brownell is an author and assistant professor of history at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN where she teaches courses in 20th century American history. She received her B.A. from University of Michigan and her Ph.D. from Boston University. Her research and teaching focus on American political history, the American presidency, and intersections of media, politics and popular culture in modern America. Her most recent book, Showbiz Politics: Hollywood in American Political Life, examines the institutionalization of entertainment in American politics.

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