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Programming the Nation? takes a powerful and provocative look at the history of subliminal messaging in America and the ways in which we are being manipulated subconsciously by advertisers, pop-culture, corporations, our military, and politicians. Filmmaker Jeff Warrick leads this journey through the subconscious mind while examining the reported history, scientific research and potential effects of such techniques on society. With eye-opening footage, revealing interviews (with Democracy Now's Amy Goodman, Congressman Dennis Kucinich, Rolling Stone's David Fricke, Douglas Rushkoff and Noam Chomsky, amongst many others), humorous anecdotes, and an array of visual effects, the film categorically explores the alleged usage of subliminals in advertising, music, film, television, political propaganda, military psychological operations, and even advanced weapons development. -- (C) Ignite Productions

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John B. Alexander
as John B. Alexander
Richard Beggs
as Richard Beggs
Nick Begich
as Nick Begich
August Bullock
as August Bullock
Noam Chomsky
as Noam Chomsky
Christopher Coppola
as Christopher Coppola
David Fricke
as David Fricke
Amy Goodman
as Amy Goodman
Hilton A. Green
as Hilton A. Green
Andy Johns
as Andy Johns
Wilson Bryan Key
as Wilson Bryan Key
Dennis Kucinich
as Dennis Kucinich
Jerry Mander
as Jerry Mander
Mark Crispin Miller
as Mark Crispin Miller
Mark Mothersbaugh
as Mark Mothersbaugh
Douglas Rushkoff
as Douglas Rushkoff
Joe Schimmel
as Joe Schimmel
Howard Shevrin
as Howard Shevrin
Ann Simonton
as Ann Simonton
Geoff Tate
as Geoff Tate
Eldon Taylor
as Eldon Taylor
Diane Watson
as Diane Watson
Bill Yousman
as Bill Yousman
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The filmmakers deserve credit for delving into a topic that has received scant attention in the movies, but a lot of it is old news (except, perhaps, for younger viewers).

October 27, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Profoundly disturbing, as ambitious as it is provocative.

September 22, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

"Programming the Nation" is a fascinating, infuriating film.

August 19, 2011 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

This thought-provoking but overlong doc wins points for being all-inclusive.

August 19, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A creaky parade of conspiracy and paranoia that collapses military brainwashing and suspected backward-masking in the recording industry into one indigestible lump.

August 18, 2011 | Rating: 1.5/5

What's most frustrating about Programming The Nation? is that the topic is fascinating, and it hasn't been dealt with extensively in documentary form.

August 18, 2011 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
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