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John Rash

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John Rash is an editorial writer and columnist. His weekly Rash Report column analyzes media news and trends. His focus on foreign policy as an editorial writer has taken him on reporting trips to Japan, Turkey, Rwanda, Kuwait and Kazakhstan. John was the recipient of a 2014 Society of Professional Journalists Page One Award for editorial writing. John’s commentary can be heard Fridays at 8:20 a.m. on WCCO-AM (830), the CBS radio affiliate in the Twin Cities. Prior to joining the Editorial Board, John was a senior vice president, director of media analysis for Mithun, a Minneapolis-based national advertising agency. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, and has been an adjunct faculty member at the U’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He lives in St. Louis Park with his wife and two children.
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Seeing the best of America — and immigration — from India

Seeing the best of America — and immigration — from India

The impact of immigration — an issue vexing multiple countries — depends on a nation's perspective.
An uneven Brazilian and Olympic metamorphosis

An uneven Brazilian and Olympic metamorphosis

Selection of Rio and Beijing suggest transformation in the Olympic movement, too.
On superheroes, social media and society

On superheroes, social media and society

“Batkid Begins” documentary depicts Americans eager to see, and do, good.
Rash Report: Media tech is increasingly used to carry out and combat human rights violations

Rash Report: Media tech is increasingly used to carry out and combat human rights violations

State Department finds tech is both a weapon and a tool to combat violations.
Ever the statesman: Walter Mondale on media and politics

Ever the statesman: Walter Mondale on media and politics

Key issues are campaign finance and a vigorous press.
World Refugee Day — and decade

World Refugee Day — and decade

A new U.N. re­port de­scribes a re­cord exo­dus across count­ries and con­ti­nents.
Debate over debate should favor voters

Debate over debate should favor voters

The 2016 presidential race is too consequential to arbitrarily limit the first GOP candidate debate to the top 10 in national polls.
Privacy in the digital age: Coming to terms with Big Brother

Privacy in the digital age: Coming to terms with Big Brother

Events lead to U.S., European divergence on balance between security and privacy.
Periscope ups the ante for sports, media and politics

Periscope ups the ante for sports, media and politics

Live-streaming apps are just the latest digital disruption to upend established models.
Rash Report: Nepal news coverage 'vital' to recovery

Rash Report: Nepal news coverage 'vital' to recovery

Journalists spur worldwide interest, international aid, and long-term follow-through.
Missing the depth(s) of Jacques Cousteau

Missing the depth(s) of Jacques Cousteau

Adventure-learning media is more relevant than ever at a time of increasing environmental and climate concerns.
There are multiple factors driving complex Mideast conflicts

There are multiple factors driving complex Mideast conflicts

Sectarian dynamics are not solely responsible for region's wars.
Rash Report: The pope, pop culture, billboards and Armenian Genocide

Rash Report: The pope, pop culture, billboards and Armenian Genocide

On its centenary, the “forgotten genocide” gets global attention via a variety of political, religious and media measures.
Pop Art, 'Mad Men' and an enduring era

Pop Art, 'Mad Men' and an enduring era

Walker's “International Pop” shows links between art, advertising and society.
'Timbuktu,' as movie and metaphor

'Timbuktu,' as movie and metaphor

Challenged but promising, a complex continent needs more foreign policy focus.
Editorial cartoonists draw scrutiny (and security)

Editorial cartoonists draw scrutiny (and security)

After attacks, challenges mount for “the ever more dangerous profession.”
The Clinton e-mail controversy in context

The Clinton e-mail controversy in context

Governance, diplomacy, journalism and the public's right to know all require openness and transparency from public officials.
Amid world turbulence, a #peaceitforward campaign

Amid world turbulence, a #peaceitforward campaign

Nobel Peace Prize Forum aims to get individuals to “tell the world how you build peace.”
The information counterrevolution

The information counterrevolution

Two recent reports document a worldwide decline in freedom of information.
Amid big history movies. a smaller work of fiction feels real

Amid big history movies. a smaller work of fiction feels real

Academy Award contender “Boyhood” connects in a year of controversy over how Hollywood portrays history.
Domestic dynamics behind Russia's foreign policy

Domestic dynamics behind Russia's foreign policy

Public opinion polls offer a “leeway” and a “limit” on backing Ukrainian separatists.

Skyway diplomacy, thanks to the Brits

You can learn about more than the Beatles and Mr. Bean at “Pop-Up Consulate” in Minneapolis.
The extraordinary nature of 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

The extraordinary nature of 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

Harper Lee stuns the literary — and wider — world again with news of her “new” novel.
The Walker's WPA roots are still relevant today

The Walker's WPA roots are still relevant today

A legacy of civic leadership and citizens willing to invest in public access to art endures.
'Leviathan,' black swans and Russia

'Leviathan,' black swans and Russia

Amid the country's deepening crisis, this lauded film depicts a cynical society.
Geoeconomics, culture make Germany widely admired

Geoeconomics, culture make Germany widely admired

The country offers a template on how to reckon with and rebuild from an infamous era.
World War II movies stand out in an Afghanistan, Iraq era

World War II movies stand out in an Afghanistan, Iraq era

‘Unbroken,’ ‘The Imitation Game’ and ‘D-Day: Normandy 1944’ depict a full societal war effort.
A chilling cyberattack on Sony — and all of us

A chilling cyberattack on Sony — and all of us

The free world's news and cultural content cannot be dictated by tyrants or nonstate actors.
Press repression reflects Turkey's challenges

Press repression reflects Turkey's challenges

Pushback against domestic and international news media in a society on “knife edge.”
A particularly British approach to advertising

A particularly British approach to advertising

Arrows Awards arrive as the U.K. seems more introspective than internationalist.
Social media storms deluge the news

Social media storms deluge the news

With #pointergate, #AlexFromTarget and others, new media alters old constructs.
Cursory campaign despite a 'complex world'

Cursory campaign despite a 'complex world'

World Affairs Councils conference shows the need to dive deeper for the 2016 race.
'Citizenfour' and the surveillance state

'Citizenfour' and the surveillance state

New documentary on Edward Snowden captures history, encapsulates debate.
'Cycle of impunity' imperils journalists — and the news

'Cycle of impunity' imperils journalists — and the news

A study says killing journalists mostly goes unpunished and warns of media “black holes.”
Rash Report: Media-political divides in D.C. and at home, too

Rash Report: Media-political divides in D.C. and at home, too

Political polarization also manifests itself in broadcast, newspaper and Facebook behavior.
'Men, Women & Children' examines lives led online

'Men, Women & Children' examines lives led online

New film and new studies document the impact of the evolving digital age.
Madeleine Albright on the role of diplomacy in a destablized world

Madeleine Albright on the role of diplomacy in a destablized world

A global system ‘in flux,’ a ‘stunningly complicated’ Mideast and ‘human’ diplomacy.
Behind the subdued reaction to an energy revolution

Behind the subdued reaction to an energy revolution

Complex, contradictory signals from global markets, geopolitics, mass media.
'Last Days in Vietnam' documents chaos, courage in U.S. withdrawal

'Last Days in Vietnam' documents chaos, courage in U.S. withdrawal

‘Last Days in Vietnam’ documents the chaos, and courage, during the U.S. withdrawal.
Media control a key Chinese foreign-policy tactic

Media control a key Chinese foreign-policy tactic

Press suppression and simultaneous “seeding” of the public on nationalism and the economy affects domestic and foreign affairs.
Fifty years later, LBJ's 'Daisy' ad still stuns

Fifty years later, LBJ's 'Daisy' ad still stuns

Creative, controversial campaign ad set the bar, and tone, for today's political communication.
Fears about social media? Same as it ever was.

Fears about social media? Same as it ever was.

A new book — "From the Dance Hall to Facebook" — explores "teen girls, mass media and moral panic."
A 'Global Conversation' about climate change

A 'Global Conversation' about climate change

The topic comes to a series at the Minneapolis Central Library, an encouraging environment.
Muslim roots run deep in U.S. and in Minnesota

Muslim roots run deep in U.S. and in Minnesota

"Tracks in the Snow" depicts state's mosaic.
Diplomacy essential to address cascading crises

Diplomacy essential to address cascading crises

But rallying allies can depend on the international perception — the brand — of the U.S.
College cost — and value — spark sharp national debate

College cost — and value — spark sharp national debate

The documentary "Ivory Tower" explores issues of sustainability in higher education, and college as a private vs. public good.
This time, air all opinions on Iraq

This time, air all opinions on Iraq

Media should expand their list of experts, and ask sources — and themselves — tough questions.
World Press Institute's global journalism impact

World Press Institute's global journalism impact

For 50 years, the St. Paul-based WPI has hosted international journalists.
Cure for World Cup woes? Soccer

Cure for World Cup woes? Soccer

Today's global sporting spectacles are hard to host but easy to watch.
Minnesota will suit up for the 2018 Super Bowl

Minnesota will suit up for the 2018 Super Bowl

Advertising analysts see a “pinnacle moment” to define or dispel myths about state and metro area.
Global trade, geopolitics increasingly linked

Global trade, geopolitics increasingly linked

At a time of rising regional tensions, envoys from four continents comment on the interconnections between trade and diplomacy.
'The Internet of Things' is already a thing shaping society

'The Internet of Things' is already a thing shaping society

New Pew study predicts a highly wired world, with more human-Internet intersections.
Rash Report: Food fight intensifies with 'Fed Up' documentary

Rash Report: Food fight intensifies with 'Fed Up' documentary

Film is the latest voice in the cacophonous debate over the cause and cure of the obesity epidemic.
Understanding Japan through manga

Understanding Japan through manga

Part literature, part comic book, part graphic novel — and all importan
'The chaos continues' in Syria

'The chaos continues' in Syria

Courageous Syrian journalists assess Assad, the opposition and the U.S. role.
Film, play explore the generational impact of war

Film, play explore the generational impact of war

“The Missing Picture” and “The Shadow War” reflect Southeast Asian scars.
Calling America, from Asia: A dispatch from Japan

Calling America, from Asia: A dispatch from Japan

A serious U.S. presence is badly needed, experts told me during a visit to Japan, where debate over a proper global role is ongoing.
Digital disrupts news media, but offers opportunities, too

Digital disrupts news media, but offers opportunities, too

Pew Research Center report offers optimism about journalism's momentum.
Covering the Kremlin, from Cold War to Crimean Crisis

Covering the Kremlin, from Cold War to Crimean Crisis

Foreign correspondents Marvin Kalb and Gregory Feifer reflect on reporting from Russia.
The U.S. and Israel: A 'deep bond,' and a need for bipartisanship

The U.S. and Israel: A 'deep bond,' and a need for bipartisanship

‘My Promised Land’ author Ari Shavit speaks about his region and the U.S. role there.
Defense policy: Links between past, present in an uneasy Asia

Defense policy: Links between past, present in an uneasy Asia

Controversy about animated film on Japan’s ‘Zero’ fighters illustrates tensions.
Information inequality is growing, too

Information inequality is growing, too

Two reports reflect a growing gap in global free press standards and practices.
'These Birds Walk' shows the humans behind humanitarianism

'These Birds Walk' shows the humans behind humanitarianism

Documentary ‘These Birds Walk’ challenges assumptions about Pakistan and aid work.
The divided state of America

The divided state of America

A week's focus on income inequality reveals a conflicted country.
The media's impact on trade pacts, then and now

The media's impact on trade pacts, then and now

A CNN debate changed the perception of NAFTA. Will WikiLeaks do the same today?
With '12 Years a Slave' and 'American Hustle,' awards season a sequel, too

With '12 Years a Slave' and 'American Hustle,' awards season a sequel, too

Like last year, dramas about slavery and a ’70s scheme compete for best picture.
Stakes still high in Afghanistan, despite drawdown

Stakes still high in Afghanistan, despite drawdown

Can recent news reports and ‘Lone Survivor’ pierce public apathy about Afghanistan?
U.N. — and united citizens — needed to protect journalists

U.N. — and united citizens — needed to protect journalists

Attacks on the press aren’t just a journalism concern: They’re meant to silence society, too.
Shifting media eras in three media movies

Shifting media eras in three media movies

Individual, institutional art in ‘Anchorman 2,’ ‘Saving Mr. Banks,’ ‘Inside Llewyn Davis.’
U.S., China differ on building bridges, and roads, in Africa

U.S., China differ on building bridges, and roads, in Africa

Divergent diplomatic approaches have widespread impact.
At the Walker, advertising as canvas

At the Walker, advertising as canvas

Annual screening of British Arrows Awards will make you want to stay tuned during the commercial break.
Kazakhstan's lesson for Iran

Kazakhstan's lesson for Iran

Relinquishing a nuclear-weapons program can enhance a nation's security.
Caught in the Web: U.S. defense, foreign policies

Caught in the Web: U.S. defense, foreign policies

As cybersecurity threats increase, NSA revelations impact trade talks. Could the Internet become the "Splinternet?"
Minnesota National Guard team melds military, media roles

Minnesota National Guard team melds military, media roles

Civilian careers in media and marketing help to tell airmen's and soldiers' stories.
Changes and challenges at the top of the world

Changes and challenges at the top of the world

UND and U researchers use new media to preserve old ways in the Canadian Arctic.
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