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This podcast from June 23, 2009 and the third Communications Fair for National Academies staff is the recording of the Science and Hollywood panel. Given its propensity to explore uncharted territory, science is often the basis for provocative and compelling storylines both in film and television. But beyond good storytelling, entertainment channels possess the very real ability to affect opinions, inform ideas, and even change behavior. Recognizing this, the Science and Hollywood panel focuses on the intersections of science and entertainment and examines the ways in which key ideas in science are filtered through the lens of movies and TV shows. The panelists are Neal Baer, Executive Producer for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Chair of the Advisory Board for Hollywood, Health, and Society, a program of the University of Southern California; Jim Kakalios, University of Minnesota physicist, author of The Physics of Superheroes, and science advisor to the film Watchmen; Bruce Joel Rubin, Screenwriter for Deep Impact, The Last Mimzy, and the forthcoming adaptation of the best-selling book, The Time Traveler's Wife; and Anne Simon, University of Maryland virologist, author of The Real Science Behind the X-Files, and long-time advisor to the television series.
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