The Murder of Gianni Versace: Why Couldn’t the FBI Crack It?

An illustration of fashion designer Gianni Versace.

What was the aftermath of the murder of Gianni Versace? Why did it take so long for the FBI to track down murderer Andrew Cunanan? In an episode of Last Podcast on the Left, the hosts critically discuss the Miami Police Department’s incompetencies in the FBI manhunt for Andrew Cunanan. Cunanan had previously murdered Gianni Versace and five other people until his own death. Learn more about the FBI and Miami Police Department’s difficulties in tracking down Cunanan.

The 2006 Cheongju Curling Iron Case: Explained (Rotten Mango)

The 2006 Cheongju Curling Iron Case: Explained (Rotten Mango)

What was Cheongju’s curling iron incident of 2006? What does the crime say about bullying in South Korean schools? Stephanie Soo’s podcast Rotten Mango dives into the troubling instances of school bullying in South Korea. It’s a critical issue exemplified by the 2006 Cheongju curling iron case, which inspired the popular Netflix series The Glory. Continue reading to learn more about the horrific case and its controversial aftermath.

Netflix’s The Glory Controversy: Teenage Bullying On-Screen

Netflix’s The Glory Controversy: Teenage Bullying On-Screen

What’s the controversy behind Netflix’s The Glory? How does the media shape the narrative around bullying? Netflix’s original series The Glory is based on the true story of a victim getting revenge on her school bullies. The series brought more attention to the real-life case in 2006, which Stephanie Soo talks about in her podcast Rotten Mango. Let’s dive into The Glory’s controversy for portraying a real-life incident.

Christianity in the Victorian Era: When Masculinity Was Genteel

Christianity in the Victorian Era: When Masculinity Was Genteel

What were Christian men like during the Victorian Era? How and why did masculinity change around the turn of the 20th century? A professor of history and gender studies at Calvin University, Kristin Du Mez, presents an intriguing perspective of Christianity in the Victorian era in her book Jesus and John Wayne. She focuses on men and masculinity and argues that they were quite different than they became in the 20th century. Read more to understand Du Mez’s views.

The Rise of the Religious Right in America (Kristin Du Mez)

The Rise of the Religious Right in America (Kristin Du Mez)

How are the election and presidency of Ronald Reagan connected to American Christianity? Who popularized the religious right? In Jesus and John Wayne, history and gender studies professor Kristin Du Mez traces the link between politics and evangelical Christianity in America. She lays out the roots of the religious right and how it entered the mainstream in the 1980s. Continue reading to learn about the rise of the religious right in America.

Brittany Broski on World War I, Period Pieces, and Books

Brittany Broski on World War I, Period Pieces, and Books

Why does Brittany Broski have an interest in World War I? What are the effects of World War I on art? As mentioned in The Broski Report, Broski’s interest in World War I was reignited by her introspective thoughts on mortality, sparked by a TikTok age filter. This interest extends to its impact on art. Let’s explore Brittany Broski’s World War I fascination below.

Billy Graham Criticism: Did He Promote Militaristic Masculinity?

Billy Graham Criticism: Did He Promote Militaristic Masculinity?

Is any Billy Graham criticism deserved? What feathers has he ruffled? Billy Graham was a highly effective Christian evangelist who’s admired by many. But, history and gender studies professor Kristin Du Mez has a bone to pick with him. She contends that Graham advocated for militant masculinity. Keep reading to learn about Du Mez’s criticism of Billy Graham.

Soft Patriarchy in Christianity? Exploring the Complementarian View

Soft Patriarchy in Christianity? Exploring the Complementarian View

What’s the complementarian view of scripture? Does it represent “soft patriarchy” in Christianity? Professor of history and gender studies Kristin Du Mez writes that, in the early and mid-20th century, evangelical Christians shifted toward a militant view of masculinity. Then, a lack of a US military opponent in the ’90s caused this conception to soften. Continue reading to understand Du Mez’s perspective on “soft patriarchy” within evangelicalism.