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What have we learned -- or not learned -- from "The Truman Show," 25+ years later?

Four smiling people wearing headphones sit at a table in a radio talk studio: A man front left has short brown hair and is wearing a green polo shirt and jeans; a woman back left has red hair pulled back and is wearing a black top; a man back center is bald and is wearing blue glasses and a blue blazer; a man at right has short dark hair and is wearing a black button-down shirt
David Griffin
(foreground) Matt Passantino, (background) Linda Moroney, and Todd Sodano on "Connections with Evan Dawson" on Friday, June 14, 2024
A smiling man with short dark hair wearing a blue button-down shirt and a grey blazer. He is holding a pair of eyeglasses. The word "Connections" appears on the left side of the photo in vertical letters.

More than a quarter of a century following its release, critics and viewers are still exploring lessons from the film "The Truman Show."

Jim Carrey plays Truman Burbank, the star of the world's most popular reality show, "The Truman Show." The catch? He doesn't know that his whole life has been curated for the entertainment of a mass audience.

This hour, we examine the film's themes and what they say about us as viewers and about society.

Our guests:

Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.