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  1. Politics: A Pop Culture History will be a serious documentary using 30 years of music, movies and television as a prism through which to view a changing political culture. It will be the next installment of the VH1 series that......  Read Full Episode Summary »

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  1. <i>Politics: A Pop Culture History</i> will be a serious documentary using 30 years of music, movies and television as a prism through which to view a changing political culture. It will be the next installment of the VH1 series that began in 2003 with the award-winning <I>AIDS: A Pop Culture History.</I> Pop culture has always reflected, and commented on, America's political mood, from <i>Rambo</i> to <i>The West Wing,</i> and from Bruce Springsteen's hard-time anthems to Toby Keith's country-rock tales of a nation on a war footing. But increasingly, pop culture has actually become politics itself, and politics has become pop culture. For example: Political commentators from Bill O'Reilly to Al Franken are treated like pop stars. Political fundraisers look more like star-studded movie premieres than an opportunity to hob-nob with Washington. Movie houses are showing John Sayles' <i>Silver City,</i> about a gubernatorial candidate modeled on George W. Bush, and Will Ferrell recently recorded an ad that parodies the President's re-election bid. While Outkast stumps for Democrats and John Kerry talks about the social energy in rap music, Republicans reach out to the youth vote with a voter-registration truck parked outside MTV's studio. We'll track the effect of this summer's blockbuster film <I>Fahrenheit 9/11</I> on public perception, and we'll attend Vote for Change, Bruce Springsteen and company's swing state tour that aims to oust President Bush from the White House this November. We'll shadow actor Stephen Baldwin as he attends the Republican National Convention and follow Everclear's Art Alexakis, rock star and elected delegate, to the Democrat National Convention. Using movie and TV clips and vintage footage along with new interviews, <I>Politics: A Pop Culture History</I> will explore how filmmakers, rappers and rockers have intersected, intertwined, clashed and collaborated with politicians over the years, and how we got to where we are today. VH1 FEATURED INTERVIEWS:<ul><li>CHEVY CHASE <li>DAN RATHER <li>MICHAEL MOORE <li>DENNIS MILLER <li>ARI FLEISCHER <li>GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS <li>AL FRANKEN <li>ART ALEXAKIS of Everclear <li>ANN COULTER <li>JANEANE GAROFALO <li>CHUCK D. <li>TED NUGENT <li>EDIE FALCO <li>DAVID CROSS <li>TOM DELONGE <li>MOBY <li>ANA MARIE COX, wonkette.com, Editor <li>LILA LIPSCOMB, <I>Fahrenheit 9/11</I> <li>MARK KATZ, Clinton speechwriter/Author of <I>Clinton and Me</I> <LI>RJ CUTLER, <I>American Candidate</I>, Executive Producer <LI>MONTEL WILLIAMS, <I>American Candidate</I>, Host <li>ED ROLLINS, Former White House Political Director/Republican Strategist <li>SAUL WILLIAMS, Actor/Poet/Musician <li>RONALD BROWNSTEIN, <I>The Power And The Glitter</I>, Author <li>LAURA DAWN, Moveon.org, Event and Cultural Director <li>RAH DIGGA <li>HENRY ROLLINS <li>DAVID SCHWARTZ, American Museum Of The Moving Image, Curator Of Digital <li>ROCHELLE SLOVIN, American Museum Of The Moving Image, Curator Of Digital <li>LAWRENCE O'DONNELL, Writer/Producer, <i>The West Wing</i> <li>KRIST NOVOSELIC, Nirvana <li>BENJAMIN MCKENSIE <li>MO ROCCA <li>GEORGE WENDT <li>RON SILVER <li>STEPHEN BALDWIN <li>HOWARD DEAN <li>RON REAGAN JR. <li>GEORGE BUTLER, Director, <i>Going Upriver</i> <li>ADAM MCKAY, Writer, <i>Saturday Night Live</i> <li>RICHARD ROEPER</ul> RED CARPET INTERVIEWS:<ul><li>SPIKE LEE <li>CONGRESSMAN MIKE FOLEY (R, FL.) <li>JOY BEHAR <li>RICHARD GERE <li>YOKO ONO <li>SEAN LENNON <li>JOHN MCENROE &amp; PATTY SMYTHE <li>CARSON DALY <li>TIM ROBBINS <li>RUSSELL SIMMONS <li>KRISTA ALLEN <li>DANA DELANY <li>LISA LOEB <li>LIZ PHAIR <li>COLIN HANKS <li>JOY BRYANT <li>JASON BIGGS <li>RON LIVINGSTON <li>ANDREW CUOMO <li>TERRY MCAULIFFE <li>WYCLEF <LI>3 ON 3 <li>JOE PANTOLIANO <li>LEONARD HUBBARD, The Roots <li>?UESTLOVE, The Roots <li>ILEANA DOUGLAS <li>PHIL DONAHUE <li>JOE PISCOPO <li>TIM BLACK NELSON</ul>

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