Martha Bayles talked by remote video from Boston about her book, Through a Screen Darkly: Popular Culture, Public Diplomacy, and America’s Image Abroad, in which she argues that the ideas of freedom and democracy are distorted in America’s popular cultural exports. Topics included the release that day of the motion picture The Interview. A video clip was shown of President Obama’s comments on December 19, 2014. This was part of a week-long series with authors who have published books in the past year.