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How Hollywood squeezed out women directors; plus, what’s with the rich jerks on TV?

podcast March 10, 2023


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In nearly 100 years, the Oscar award for Best Director has only gone to three women. The film industry as a whole has been heavily dominated by men, but it wasn’t always this way. Ahead of Academy Awards, Brittany chops it up with Maya Montañez Smukler, author of Liberating Hollywood: Women Directors and the Feminist Reform of 1970s American Cinema, to discuss the state of women directors and how the industry systematically shifted them out of the spotlight.

Then, we ask Chicago Tribune TV and film critic Nina Metz about the oversaturation of fictional, churlish billionaires on screen – and why there should be more depictions of the workers they exploit.

You can follow us on Twitter @ItsBeenAMin or email us at ibam@npr.org.

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