When Screenwriters Won an Uncredited

How a Pioneering Producer Fooled the Press, Beat the Blacklist, and Made a ‘Robin Hood’ That Resonated with the Moment

In September 1955, 67 TV critics got the opportunity of a lifetime: An all-expenses paid trip to London for a week, courtesy of Johnson & Johnson and Wildroot Cream Oil.

They were there to learn about a new TV program called The Adventures of Robin Hood. The series was the first British-American co-production, and one of the very first programs available in the UK’s then-fledgling commercial television landscape. The half-hour episodes starred Richard Greene as the title character and Bernadette O’Farrell as love interest Maid Marian. It filmed at England’s historic …

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Government Surveillance Expert Faiza Patel

I Practice Basic Digital Hygiene

Faiza Patel is a senior director of the Brennan Center for Justice’s Liberty and National Security Program. Before sitting down on a panel for the Zócalo event “What Is the …

Writer and Artist Mashinka Firunts Hakopian

The Diva Is Someone Who Writes Their Own Narrative

Mashinka Firunts Hakopian is an Armenian writer, artist, and researcher. Her work is concentrated in media studies, feminist and queer studies, visual culture, contemporary art, and SWANA (Southwest Asia and North …

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ACLU SoCal’s Mohammad Tajsar

I’ve Seen U.S. Marshals Tackle Somebody in Court

Mohammad Tajsar is a senior staff attorney at the ACLU Southern California, focusing on national security policy, electronic surveillance, and individual rights in the digital world. Before sitting down on …

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UCLA’s Ramesh Srinivasan

I’ve Never Been a Typical Engineer

Ramesh Srinivasan has been a professor at UCLA since 2005. He is the founder of the university-wide Digital Cultures Lab, which explores the meaning of technology. Before moderating the Zócalo …

Big Brother Is Watching. But We Can Resist

At Last Night’s “What Is the State of Surveillance?” Program, Panelists Spoke About What We Can Do About the Orwellian Present

“Can surveillance be a necessary evil?”

The question came near the end of yesterday’s public program, “What Is the State of Surveillance?,” held at the ASU California Center in the historic …