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Hollywood gets wildfires all wrong — to the frustration of firefighters

A study from the climate change storytelling consultancy Good Energy and USC Annenberg’s Norman Lear Center found less than 3% of the more than 37,000 analyzed movie and TV scripts written between 2016 and 2020 made any reference to climate change. But scenes featuring discussions about climate change or fire control methods, such as raking leaves off a lawn, don’t exactly make for scintillating screen time.

The New York Times

The heartache of being sidelined from your favorite sport

One challenge: the absence of uplifting hormones. “There are a lot of endorphins and chemical changes that happen in our body when we exercise,” says Jared Vagy, USC assistant professor of physical therapy. “If that’s the only method that some people have to release those chemicals, then you’ve just lost a large part of what makes you complete as a human or satisfied.” (The New York Times; may require subscription)

Los Angeles Times

How Hollywood turned a ‘blind eye’ to Emmett Till: Inside a troubled 67-year history

Watching the story of Till’s brutal 1955 killing can be difficult — but it’s important, says USC Dornsife’s Lanita Jacobs: “There’s also a responsibility on our part to bear witness. These people are no longer here. We need to honor them, say their names, create streets for them, create movies for them. We need to talk about these issues because in many ways they never really did get their due.”