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Kandra Polatis
Kandra is an intern for the Deseret News. She writes for the culture beat. She earned a B.A. in history from Boise State University in May and interned at the Blackfoot Morning News prior to joining the Deseret News team.

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The lines between good and evil are often blurred in popular TV shows and films. Why do people enjoy moral ambiguity and what does that mean for society?
Viewers may be disgusted by prison conditions on the hit Netflix series "Orange Is the New Black." But a reality is worse than fiction at one of the prisons were the series was filmed, says an advocacy group.
People are signing social media prenups to set boundaries on what images and information their future spouses share online.
A recent Slate article lambasted adults for reading young adult novels. Other writers defended YA fiction and discussed the benefits adults can obtain from reading these novels.
Two 12-year-old girls attempted to murder their friend to please a fictional horror character called Slender Man. This has caused experts to examine American culture, the line between fantasy and reality and th...
Charlize Theron and Gwyneth Paltrow have recently sparked controversy by using metaphors. Does this mean American conversation is becoming too literal?
Maya Angelou, a renowned poet, author and civil rights activist who died at age 86 on Wednesday, was a woman of faith.
Is it more difficult for celebrity moms to raise children than other working moms? Some say yes, other actresses say they are in a privileged position.
Amazon's iron-handed negotiation tactics are harming authors, books and customers, critics say.
Several writers contend America needs more books focusing on diverse characters.