Education has been a topic of heated debate in American politics for quite some time. We’ve heard the same arguments over and over again. Schools are underfunded and teachers are overwhelmed. College is too expensive. And now, the coronavirus pandemic presents new challenges related to remote learning, technology, and accessibility…


Not all screen time is created equal.

The COVID-19 pandemic’s sudden, dramatic impact on our educational system has administrators and teachers across the nation scrambling to build virtual infrastructures. …


Over the past decade, I have traveled to 26 countries filming documentaries about classical music. While researching my first documentary Maestro, I stumbled across a remarkable story that few Americans have ever heard. …


Some books have the power to change the way we think about the world.

  1. The Meaning of Human Existence by E.O. Wilson

One would imagine a book titled The Meaning of Human Existence to be a multi-volume monster, yet the brilliant evolutionary biologist E.O. Wilson has managed to elegantly distill…


A documentary filmmaker challenges you to introduce a new tradition.

This year, two deaths in my family created a void that I have been struggling to process: I no longer have any living grandparents. At 38, I’m fully aware of how lucky I am to have had two sets of loving grandparents throughout most of my life. …


Recent decriminalization of select psychedelics demands more public education.

Earlier this year, the citizens of Denver voted to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms, laying the groundwork for a new chapter in our culture’s relationship with a class of drugs long considered taboo. With promising research focused on the potential benefits of controlled…


We Must Stop Pretending That Complex Problems can only be Solved Through Politics

There you are at the checkout aisle in your grocery store. You are killing time looking at your smartphone when you see it in the corner of your eye: your two favorite celebrities are cheating on each…


In America, classical music audiences and orchestras seem to be falling like dominoes. The mood is tense and the forecast is dismal. An erosive force, continual and subtle, is eating away the core of a cultural institution. You may have heard this story before: classical music is in decline, music…

David Donnelly

Filmmaker. Writer. Artist. Entrepreneur. www.TheCultureMonster.com

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