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Welcome to Flipboard’s culture and entertainment picks. You'll find insightful interviews, revealing reviews and thought-provoking features. Posts are handpicked by Flipboard editors. Boosts do not imply endorsement, but are used to highlight posts we think the community might find interesting. #Culture #Entertainment #TheArts #Food

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The most popular TV show you've never heard of is called "The Chosen." It tells the story of Jesus and his disciples and there are seven seasons planned (the fourth season starts streaming June 2). Around 200 million people around the world have watched at least an episode, and the show also sold $63 million in theatrical ticket sales. The Hollywood Reporter talked to director Dallas Jenkins, who set out to make an elevated Christian TV series, and now has his sights on the Jesus Cinematic Universe.

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#Television #Christianity #Entertainment #TV #TuneIn

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When students from Linfield University in McMinnville, Oregon, cleared invasive Himalayan blackberry from a meadow on campus, a bank of camas seeds sprouted. "The university found itself with a thriving patch of Indigenous first foods," says @Toastie. For High Country News, they write about how this discovery birthed a festival, the Linfield Camas Festival. The one-day event is devoted to the wildflower, its place in Indigenous cuisine, culture and ecosystems, and educating others about food sovereignty and more.

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Baseball's all-time leaders lists have changed overnight with the integration of the Negro Leagues into Major League Baseball statistics. Josh Gibson is now officially one of the greatest players of all time, beating Ty Cobb for career batting average and Babe Ruth for slugging percentage and OPS. His great grandson, Sean Gibson, hopes that the MVP award will be renamed in his honor. The trophy was previously named after Kenesaw Mountain Landis, baseball's first commissioner, who played a key role in keeping baseball segregated. “How ironic would it be for Josh Gibson to replace the man who denied more than 2,300 men the opportunity to play baseball in the major leagues,’’ Sean Gibson told USA Today.

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The Chinese government has started a new social-media crackdown, this time targeting conspicuous displays of wealth. In April, the country's internet regulator announced a campaign against influencers who “create a ‘wealth-flaunting’ persona, deliberately showcasing a luxurious life built on money, in order to attract followers and traffic.” Wealth-flaunters are now being removed from platforms like Douyin, the equivalent of TikTok. The move comes as China is experiencing an economic slowdown. Here's more from NBC.

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After the 2016 election, brands became activists in weird and wonderful ways. "Burger King championed net neutrality; a frozen-meat brand soliloquized about the perils of disinformation on social media; on January 6, Axe body spray declared its faith in the 'peaceful transition of power'," writes Vox's Michael Serazio. The political landscape today is as fraught as then and the world is picking sides. But brand-land is silent. What gives?

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#Culture #PopCulture #Advertising #Commerce #Activism

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Sociology professor Christopher T. Conner started looking into the QAnon movement four years ago, but his research soon broadened into all kinds of conspiracy theorists, from race scientists to New Age spiritualists. He writes for @TheConversationUS about why people are susceptible, how politicians and influential figures take advantage of them, and what could be done. Do you have conspiracy theorists in your life (if you don't know any, maybe it's you 👀)?

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For more stories like this, follow @ConversationUS's Arts & Culture Magazine, @arts,

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@veeesix The one within the article? Well, there's a picture...

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@MrLee Absolutely — the writer makes the point earlier in the article that politicians will even use conspiracy theories to further their own causes: "Certain stigmatized narratives can also become tools wielded by politicians and media influencers who will say or do anything to make money and gain power."

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@veeesix 🙈

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@denebeim Yes, it's a good point to consider what "know" means in that context!

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@TheConversationUS Just 8% of people who voted in this poll say they don't know any conspiracy theorists — 15% know many, and 76% know one or two. Apologies to @veeesix for the graphic image — "that's as much exposure, for a lack of better terms, as I need," they say. Interesting conversations on here about whether political leaders are true experts (probably not) and if online exposure to conspiracy theorists counts (if so, yikes, we're changing our vote in this poll). Interesting conversation in Flipboard Land about if belief in one conspiracy theory makes you more susceptible to belief in all conspiracy theories, and if there are degrees of conspiracy theory (is QAnon worse than Paul is Dead, or is it just a slippery slope from the latter to the former?).

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President Biden has signed a new amendment in the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill that will make it borderline impossible to track private jet activity. This puts the kibosh on social media attempts to hold famous folk accountable for their jet-related CO2 emissions, although @thrillist reports that a new study provides some insight into the worst celebrity polluters. Here's more.

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#Travel #TravelTuesday #Celebrity #Lifestyle #Environment

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@Bon_Jardin The EU is cracking down on short-haul flights and countries like the Netherlands and France are trying to introduce specific legislation for private jets. Unfortunately the US doesn't seem inclined to do the same. Here's a story from @ConversationUS that we found interesting.

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@blterrible Jack Sweeney is the best-known of the plane-spotters. He has the dubious honor of Elon Musk banning him from Twitter and threatening to sue him, and received a cease-and-desist letter from Taylor Swift. He has already said that this law won't stop him — his full statement is here: https://grndcntrl.net/pdf/?file=/docs/HR3935_Thoughts.pdf

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Darryl Hickman died last week at the age of 92. He was a child actor in "The Prisoner of Zenda" and "The Grapes of Wrath," became a monk for a brief period, then later in life was a CBS executive and had a bit part in Sidney Lumet's "Network." Christan Blauvelt of @IndieWire has penned this moving tribute to Hickman, a "critical link to Old Hollywood" and a crucial part of one of the most striking death scenes in film noir history in "Leave Her to Heaven." "When Bernard Hill died recently, I wrote about the unique feeling accompanying the real-life death of an actor when that actor has been especially associated with a dramatic death scene onscreen," Blauvelt writes. "That feeling is only magnified when it’s been a very long time since the actor performed the demise in question."

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#Film #Cinema #FilmNoir #RIP #InMemoriam #DarrylHickman #Movies #Hollywood

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The "is a burger a sandwich?" debate rolls on and on without conclusion, but now a judge in the U.S. has entered the chat with a controversial new ruling. Superior Court Judge Craig Bobay of Allen County, Indiana, determined that "tacos and burritos are Mexican-style sandwiches" when presiding over a case brought to the courts by a restaurant owner hoping to open a location in the city of Fort Wayne. Here's more on the legal battle, but what do you think?

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#Food #FoodCulture #USA #Sandwiches #MexicanFood

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@OhOkKay Burgers too? We seem to remember doing a poll on this at some point in the past, and the answer was by no means conclusive!

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@nomentantum Your instinct was correct — Taco Bell had a crispy chicken sandwich taco in 2021 (though it appears to now be discontinued and looks a little unappetizing https://www.mashed.com/595026/we-tried-taco-bells-new-crispy-chicken-sandwich-taco-heres-what-you-need-to-know/_ .

Taste of Home and other websites also carry recipes for taco sandwiches — basically, the stuff that you'd put in a taco, but between two slices of bread.

https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/taco-sandwich/

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The fediverse has spoken! Tacos and burritos are NOT sandwiches, we repeat, tacos and burritos are NOT sandwiches — at least, according to 60% of people who voted in this poll. @mrfrobozz reckoned that tacos are sandwiches but burritos are wraps — in response, we revealed the sad extent to which we overthink our poll answers. @MobBarley made the bold suggestion that tortas would technically qualify as a sandwich while @dirtyoldtown declared "Calling tacos and burritos Mexican-style sandwiches is torta erasure." @nomentantum wondered if Taco Bell has made some kind of taco sandwich in the past and we found a quite disgusting picture of one. And @namelivia asked, "What is next? Chorizo being a sausage?" "That would be the wurst," we replied, and the crowd went wild.

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@sister_ratched @mrfrobozz @MobBarley @dirtyoldtown @nomentantum @namelivia oh no

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@anthony_steele "Identify any food purely by the location of structural starch" is a tagline for the ages.

CultureDesk, to movies
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The "Home Alone" house in Winnetka, Illinois, is for sale for a cool $5.25 million (house prices where we live are so ridiculous that we saw that and thought, "hmm, not bad"). Here's a @Flipboard Storyboard about filming locations around the world, from "Star Wars" to "Father Ted." Tell us in the comments what you think is the most iconic film or TV setting of all time.

https://flipboard.com/@theculturedesk/reel-estate-where-famous-movies-and-shows-were-shot-ur2gfjl8jq3qj8f1

CultureDesk, (edited ) to books
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What's better for the environment: A paper book, or an e-reader? NPR spoke to industry experts about the rise of digital reading, how the publishing industry is reducing waste, and whether using a fossil-fuel-derived plastic e-reader is a better option than a paper book. The short answer, according to professor Mike Berners-Lee (yes, he is Tim's brother): It depends.

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@gisiger Yes, there can't be many people who buy a Kindle and then ditch it after a book or two!

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@roho @gisiger Yes, we love the "Little Free Library" concept but why does no one ever point out that all libraries are free — and fabulous community resources in lots of other ways too?

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