Kristin Hunt, Washington Post

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Past articles by Kristin:

Mississippi banned ‘Sesame Street’ for showing Black and White kids playing

In 1970, an all-White Mississippi commission voted to ban "Sesame Street," which featured a racially diverse cast. The backlash was swift, and the ban was lifted. → Read More

Libraries feel attacked — but not like the ‘freedom libraries’ of 1964

Censorship campaigns recall the much more violent attacks on freedom libraries for Black readers in the Deep South, which sometimes faced bombings and murders. → Read More

The Agojie Amazons of West Africa: The Real Female Warriors Behind 'The Woman King'

Gina Prince-Bythewood's 'The Woman King' takes its cues from the very real Agojie warriors of West Africa. → Read More

Why Royal Family Members Are Buried in Lead-Lined Coffins

Queen Elizabeth II will be laid to rest in an oak coffin designed for her more than 30 years ago, and it’s bound to weigh a ton, because it’s lined with lead. → Read More

10 Tantalizing 'Bob's Burgers' Fan Theories

Ever wonder why we’ve never seen Ginger? Or why Bob talks to his food? Just ask the show's most dedicated viewers, who have concocted these 10 fascinating fan theories. → Read More

11 Wild 'Better Call Saul' Fan Theories

'Better Call Saul' is preparing to go off to that great big Cinnabon in the sky, and fans of the series have a lot of questions—and some truly bizarre theories. → Read More

The Shark-Fighting Brothers behind 20,000 Leagues under the Sea

In 1916, the Williamson brothers used their father's underwater photography device to film a fight with a shark, piquing Universal Pictures' interest. → Read More

The Complications of “Outlaw Country”

Johnny Cash grappled with the many facets of the outlaw archetype in his feature acting debut, Five Minutes to Live. → Read More

Hollywood’s Version of “The Snows of Kilimanjaro”

Ernest Hemingway didn’t care for it. → Read More

The D-I-Y Origins of Night of the Living Dead

Night of the Living Dead’s production story reads like a means to an end: a rag-tag group of creatives makes a movie on nothing to get noticed. → Read More

The Bizarre Marvels of Segundo de Chomón, Father of Spanish Cinema

Segundo de Chomón made “trick films” that experimented with color and temporality, influencing the surrealist work of Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí. → Read More

Lon Chaney’s Movie Monsters

You might know him from Phantom of the Opera or The Hunchback of Notre Dame. → Read More

How Hollywood Sold Glamour

The complicated notion of glamour in classic Hollywood, suggesting that stars were aloof and unknowable, was also a means to sell products. → Read More

“Are You Popular?”

Mental hygiene films of the postwar era gave advice to American teens—and parroted specific cultural values. → Read More

How Annie Oakley Defined the Cinema Cowgirl

“Little Sure Shot” was famous for her precision, athleticism, and trademark femininity. → Read More

The Satanic Foreign Film That Was Banned in the U.S.

Benjamin Christensen's Häxan was part documentary and part fantasy—and considered too disturbing for public viewing. → Read More

The Exploding Women of Early 20th Century “Trick Films”

In “trick films,” women were shown literally exploding over kitchen accidents—the early 1900s way of mining humor out of human tragedies. → Read More

The First Movie Kiss

The public fascination was so intense that fans soon started demanding live reenactments. → Read More

Marijuana Panic Won’t Die, but Reefer Madness Will Live Forever

Originally produced as an exploitation film that drew on racial stereotypes, the ironic revival of Reefer Madness made it a cult classic for stoners. → Read More

Hollywood Cast Laurette Luez as a One-Size-Fits-All “Exotic”

Like many actresses of her day, Laurette Luez was expected to be a beautiful siren in skimpy clothing who could be from almost anywhere—just not here. → Read More