Can You Separate Art From Artists? by Jefferson Geiger

Before the best picture envelope snafu, the most controversial moment at the 89th Academy Awards was Casey Affleck beating Denzel Washington for best actor. Washington delivered what some call his best performance ever in “Fences” while Affleck moved audiences in “Manchester by the Sea.” However, Affleck attended the awards ceremony with two settled sexual harassment suits hanging over him.

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Analyzing the Super Bowl Protests by Jefferson Geiger

From the moment Renee Elise Goldsberry, Phillipa Soo and Jasmine Cephas Jones—who performed as the original Schuyler sisters in "Hamilton: An American Musical"—added their own flair to "America the Beautiful" by throwing in the word "sisterhood," I could tell that Super Bowl LI was going to be politically charged. With 113 million Americans watching the game, it’s the one of the most effective soapboxes, albeit one with a $5 million per 30 seconds of airtime price tag.

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The Greatness of Going Off the Grid by Jefferson Geiger

Whenever I turn on the news, open Twitter or log on to Facebook, I instantly feel nauseated. Each new story coming out of the District of Columbia makes me want to destroy every internet-connected device I own. It's not exactly revolutionary to tell someone to spend less time consuming media, and I know I wrote about video games to play when needing self-care in November, but a reminder to unplug is needed once and awhile. That's why it was such a relief for me to go off the grid.

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We Need The Public Arts by Jefferson Geiger

I can’t believe I need to make this argument in 2017, but here we are. We need the National Endowment for the Arts and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Ronald Reagan attempted to kill the NEA in 1981, Newt Gingrich wanted to in the 90s, and now it looks like Trump’s team is planning to do the same along with the National Endowment for the Humanities and privatizing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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Obama’s Legacy as the President of Pop Culture by Jefferson Geiger

In two days Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. But, before that happens I want to look back at what Barack Obama has done for the world of popular culture. From that first fist-bump people knew it was going to be different.

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There's No Theater Like Live Theater by Jefferson Geiger

I rang in the New Year by seeing the charming musical “Finding Neverland.” The adaptation of the 2004 movie was the eighth stage production I saw in 2016, the most I’ve even been to in a calendar year. Why do I see so many musicals and plays? Because there is literally nothing else that captures the essence of a live performance.

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The Pod That Launched 100 Casts by Jefferson Geiger

Podcasts, a term for an audio-only show distributed via the internet, didn’t really enter the zeitgeist until “Serial” came along. The first Peabody Award-winning season of the spinoff of “This American Life” focused on the trial of Adnan Syed and captured the attention of millions. However, two years before “Serial” spawned, “Welcome to Night Vale” was already changing the medium.

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A 2016 Retrospective by Jefferson Geiger

I've tried to come up with a fitting intro for days. However, there's no way I can aptly summarize the highs and lows of 2016. So, if I can be selfish for a bit, I'll focus only on my highs here. As you probably know, I all but officially stopped freelancing and became a full-time reporter. I wrote about my first week here. Yet even before that I wrote some stuff that I'm proud of. Which brings me to this list.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2016 by Jefferson Geiger

'Tis the season to find a special gift for friends, family members and loved ones. As a young culture connoisseur I am frequently asked for recommendations on the latest and greatest things. So for the next month my column will be devoted to giving you my picks on what 2016 has to offer

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