Want to dig deeper? Find out more? For each program, producers gather a lot of background material for Krista and staff to use in preparing for interviews and producing programs. Here's a sample of the information we came across in preparing for this program.
Books by Diane Winston
- Small Screen, Picture: Television and Lived Religion (Baylor University Press, 2009).
- Faith in the Market: Religion and Urban Commercial Culture (Rutgers University Press, 2002).
- Red Hot and Righteous: The Urban Religion of the Salvation Army (Harvard University Press, 2000).
- New York Times review
of Red Hot and Righteous (March 1999).
- New York Times review
Winston's Blog: the SCOOP
Winston blogs for the Knight Chair in Media and Religion at USC's Annenberg School for Communication. Here she and others write about religion, politics, and media. Some samples:
- "Leap of Faith": Post on Gaza and “peace journalism” that references Battlestar Galactica (March 2009).
- "Obama Meets Adama": More on Battlestar Galactica, Bono, Beyoncé and the need for good journalism (January 2009).
- "True Love Waits…But Not for Long": On Bristol Palin and denominational and class trends around teens and sex (October 2008).
- "At Work in the World": On the immigration raids and coverage of relations among Orthodox Jews, white Christians, and Christian Latinos in Postville, IA (July 2008).
Columns by Winston
Winston developed a "Faith Front" column for the LA Times. Here are some samples:
- "So Where are the Muslims on CSI?" (Los Angeles Times, May 7, 2006).
- "Religious progressives, the next generation" (Los Angeles Times, Feb 5, 2006).
- "Malling Christmas &mash; When buying becomes a way to express our religious beliefs, we're selling out the soul of the holiday" (Los Angeles Times, December 25, 2005).
Winston is frequently quoted about religion, politics, pop culture and the media. Here's a sampler of some recent citations:
- "'Idol' Song Choice Courts Controversy and Finds It; Singer Is Voted Off": Winston is quoted on an American Idol contestant who was voted off the show after performing a song from Jesus Christ Superstar (New York Times, April 25, 2008).
- "Faith-Based Views Veer Off a Straight Political Line": quoted on same-sex marriage and how religious affiliation is not a neat predictor of people's stances on public policy and politics (New York Times, December 12, 2008).
- "Muslims on TV, No Terror in Sight" on the representation of Muslims on TV (New York Times, November 11, 2007).
- Audio: Winston appeared on NPR's News & Notes: "How Faith Shapes Modern-Day Politics" (September 2008).
- Winston is quoted in "A Pastor Finds a Way to Serve Two Disparate Flocks" about religious thinkers/writers who have taken up blogging (New York Times, August 11, 2007).
- "Anti-religion agenda among social media users": a 2008 Los Angeles Times article about social networking sites like Digg and why they don't attract a religious audience (November 6, 2008).
- Winston is quoted in a 2008 USA Today article entitled "Myers' latest spoof hits 'ohm'" about representations of culture and religion in comedies. The article focuses on Mike Myers' depiction of a Deepak Chopra-style guru in the film, The Love Guru (March 27, 2008).
- Television producers and writers speaking in Winston's class at USC, includes video of David Shore (House) and Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica):
- More video of Ronald D. Moore's (Battlestar Galactica) 2007 visit to Winston's class: Part one, Part two.
- The Annenberg School at USC has posted videos of their events and talks on their YouTube channel. Here are a few samples:
- Dedication ceremony for the Knight Chair in Media and Religion (50 mins., 2005. Winston begins speaking at 15:13).
- Whose Crusade? Media, Muslims, and the Kingdom of Heaven (90 mins., 2008). Winston leads a panel discussion with scholars, religious leaders, and film critics about the film Kingdom of Heaven (2005).
- Media and Religion Forum: Kathleen Kennedy Townsend (51 mins., 2009). and other USC Annenberg faculty participate in a discussion with the author of Failing America's Faithful: How Today's Churches Are Mixing God with Politics and Losing Their Way (2007).
- Forgive Us Our Sins: Institutional Evil and Personal Responsibility (83 mins., 2009). A panel organized by Winston explores whether and how 9/11 affected American ideas about individual and corporate evil as evidenced on television shows such as The Wire, The Sopranos, Oz, and The Shield.
Recent Articles/Studies Discussing Religion, Television, and Social Narrative
- "Black presidents we have known" (Salon, November 3, 2008).
- "TV, God and the supernatural" (Abilene Reporter-News (Texas), June 26, 2008).
- "Preaching Moderate Islam and Becoming a TV Star" (New York Times, January 2, 2009).
- "Watching 'Friends' in Gaza: A Culture Clash" (New York Times, September 6, 2008).
- "Reality TV gets religion" (Washington Times, March 22, 2009).
- "A new belief in religious TV" (The Guardian, September 1, 2008).
- "Can One TV Show Make a Difference? Will and Grace and the Parasocial Contact Hypothesis" (Communication Studies Department, University of Minnesota, 2005).