This week, Rafer and Kristen couldn't disagree more about Cameron Diaz comedy "Bad Teacher." Rafer thinks it's unfunny hogwash, Kristen says that if it was a guy playing Diaz's raunchy, gold-digging character, it would be a different story for moviegoers. What do you think?
It’s Friday and, as usual, that means we talk about movies here at the Takeaway. This week’s big openers are the animated Pixar sequel “Cars 2” and “Bad Teacher,” starring Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake.
As the adage says, “One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.” But who decides on which terms to use and when? And is the US a mite too eager to define people as terrorists? These questions are posed by two new films, premiering this week at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival.
Eugenics laws allowed more than 30 states to sterilize people "undeemed to breed" for nearly a century. While it is irrevocably associated with the super-race fetish and ethnic cleansing of Nazi Germany, much of the murky original research took place on Long Island, at the same laborotory where DNA was first identified.
It’s report card season around America, the time of year when thousands of students and parents wait on pins and needles for what they hope will be good grades. But this year, some, if not many parents, may find themselves disappointed. And here’s why: student test scores tend to drop along with a community’s economy – regardless of whether their own parents have lost their jobs.
Around the world, driving is a common part of a woman's everyday life, but in Saudi Arabia, religious edicts prevent women from being able to practice this simple act—even though it’s not technically illegal for them to do so. Saudi women decided to quietly and peacefully revolt last Friday, by driving. Many drove their cars, or rode with other female friends who hold international drivers’ licenses; and they plan to continue doing so in the days and weeks ahead.
Today, tennis fans around the world will be tuning into the world-renowned grass court tennis tournament in London, the Wimbledon Championships. One of the four grand slam tennis championships, it is also the oldest and considerably the most prestigious. Here to talk us through the ins and outs of Wimbledon is a man who won four grand slam singles titles: American tennis champion Jim Courier.
This week, Kristen and Rafer take a third wheel on Movie Date, as Takeaway sports contributor and lifelong comic book geek Ibrahim Abdul-Matin joins them to dissect "Green Lantern." A huge "Green Lantern" fan, Ibrahim loved the movie for many reasons — the same reasons Kristen and Rafer hated it. Plus, Kristen and Rafer answer a listener's question about Terrence Malick's "Tree of Life."
In 1990, a group of women in Saudi Arabia did something almost completely unheard of. They got behind the wheels of their cars and they drove. Afterward, they were severely punished, and both the women and the movement fell quiet. However, last month, a single mother named Manal Al-Shafif picked up the torch. Angry and frustrated, she uploaded footage of herself driving. As with the women before her, she was severely punished. This time, however, the movement did not fall quiet.
This weekend, movie goers have a wide range of options to choose from. For mainstream audiences, there’s “The Green Lantern,” which stars Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, and Peter Sarsgaard. For families and kids, there’s “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” starring Jim Carey and Angela Lansbury. And for the indie crowd, “The Tree of Life,” directed by Terrence Malick and starring Brad Pitt, goes into wide release. If you could only see one, which would it be?
Father’s Day is this weekend, and in honor of the big day, we’re looking at some of our favorite fathers in fiction. Patrik Henry Bass, Takeaway contributor and senior editor at Essence magazine, says there are lessons to be learned from dads in novels like "Shoeless Joe" and "About a Boy," which tells the story of a man who learns how to grow up from a young boy.
Father’s Day is this weekend, and in honor of the big day, we’re looking at a kind of father that doesn’t always get a lot of attention: single dads. One recent calculation using 2010 Census data found the number of single father families nationwide jumped 27 percent in the past decade and nearly doubled since 1990.
Tom MacMaster, a 40-year-old American man living in Scotland admitted that he was behind the "Gay Girl in Damascus" blog, which, for the past six years provided thousands of persecuted gay people with hope – particularly in the Middle East. The blog was supposedly written by a woman Amina Arraf, who, according to the blog, was kidnapped last week. In response, the international media went on high alert. But within days, it became clear that Amina Arraf, was in fact, not a lesbian, not Syrian, and not even a woman. How did MacMaster manage to dupe so many?
After months of setbacks, on-set injuries and pushed back opening nights, Spider-Man fans and U2 fans will finally get what they’ve all been waiting for: the official Broadway premiere of “Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark." Two of the show's writers explain the process of bringing the show to the stage.
On this week's edition of Movie Date, Kristen and Rafer give us a sneak peak at one of the summer's most mysterious movies, "Super 8," directed by JJ Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg. Rafer says "Super 8" is a heartless, sub par rehash of Spielberg's "E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial." After hearing that review, Kristen thinks Rafer is the heartless one.
On Sunday night, theatre lovers, music lovers and “South Park” fans will all be cheering for one musical at the Tony Awards: “The Book of Mormon,” which is nominated for 14 Tonys—more than any other show this year. Written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone of “South Park” fame and Robert Lopez of “Avenue Q,” it centers on a group of Mormon missionaries in Africa. Along the way, there are songs about closeted homosexuality and maggot infestations, and more than a few jokes at the expense of Mormons.
For months, JJ Abrams and Steven Spielberg have been keeping audiences guessing about their new film, “Super 8.”
Here’s what we know about: It centers on a group of pre-teens in the late 1970s who witness a train crash while making their own low-budget film. After the crash, the kids begin to notice strange things happening in their town.
It’s hard to imagine it now, but in the mid-1920s, the U.S. only had 250 routes for cars. Today, there are more than 55,000 auto bridges, close to 4 million miles of road, and an intricate system of high speed super highways that connect every major city in the country.
These superhighways — which allowed drivers to travel long distances at high speeds — redefined American cities and culture.
Jim Lehrer will no longer be the main face of PBS' "NewsHour." He was the show's anchor for 36 years, but there has not been a lot of fanfare around his departure. "I didn't want to make a big to-do about it," he says. He reflects on reporting on the Kennedy assassination and what he has learned about politics and history. His new book, "Tension City: Inside the Presidential Debates, from Kennedy-Nixon to Obama-McCain" comes out in the Fall; he will continue moderating Shields and Brooks on Fridays. So what's next? "I want to write better books," Lehrer tells us.
Since 1996, Gallup has been polling Americans about gay marriage. In the past, the majority of their respondents were opposed to it being legally recognized. But last month, for the first time, the majority of respondents said they were in favor of gay marriage being legalized. Why are Americans changing their minds?