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Movie Date: Sparring about 'The Fighter'

Friday, December 10, 2010

"The Fighter" is the latest movie from director David O. Russell and stars Mark Wahlberg as boxer "Irish" Micky Ward and his coach, (played by Christian Bale). Rafer and Kristen discover each other's true feelings about the movie (hint, they don't agree.) 

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Meadowlark Lemon on Basketball, Charity, and the Globetrotters

Friday, December 10, 2010

Even if you’re not a sports fan, chances are you know the name Meadowlark Lemon. For 24 years, he played with the Harlem Globetrotters. Over the past five decades, his audiences have included popes, kings, and every U.S. president since Eisenhower. In total, he’s played over 16,000 career games — more than any other player in basketball history.

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From 'The Tourist' to 'The Fighter': This Weekend's Opening Films

Friday, December 10, 2010

The holiday movie season is officially in full swing. Today, nine movies hit the big screen, and the Takeaway Movie Date podcast co-hosts give us their opinions on three of them: "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader," "The Fighter," and "The Tourist."

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Actor Ryan Gosling Explains Initial NC-17 Rating for 'Blue Valentine'

Thursday, December 09, 2010

A soon-to-be-released film about marital drama just won a rare victory. “Blue Valentine,” starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, was initially given an NC-17 rating by the Motion Picture Association of America. The stated reason? Because the film contains “a scene of explicit sexual content.” Many people familiar with the scene described it as a fairly tame sex scene in which William's character receives oral sex. The studio and film's cast and crew appealed the rating, which was changed yesterday by the MPAA. The film is now rated R.

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Dan Charnas on the History of Hip Hop as a Business

Thursday, December 09, 2010

It may seem like just yesterday that you first heard The Sugar Hill Gang or Run DMC, but the hip hop business is pushing forty. For many of the years that hip hop has been around, Dan Charnas has been working in the business - as a scout, a promoter, and a journalist. Dan is the author of a new book called “The Big Payback: the History of the Business of Hip Hop.” Charnas walks us through some pivotal moments in the hip hop business, and how those moments have informed our culture and the entertainment industry.

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Richard Conniff on 'The Species Seekers'

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

During the early 1800s, when the word “scientist” had yet to be coined, a fever for novel animals and plants swept Europe and led dozens of crazed amateurs to the most alien places on earth in search of specimens. You know the names of some of these adventurers; one would become a president of the United States. But even those whose names have been forgotten by most of us lived lives of great adventure, and sometimes great foolishness.

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The Meaning of 'American Values'

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

We frequently hear the term “values” discussed as regards American politics, culture and life. But what are "American values?" Are they about family? If so, what kind of family? Are they about religion? If so, is it religion as a separate entity from the government, or religion as an ideology that informs government?

During the week of December 13th, we’ll be delving into the values we frequently equate with being an American. We’ll talk with experts and real people, both, and we’d love to hear from you as well: What do you consider to be "American values?"

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The Life and Death of Crazy Horse

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

The mythology of Native American warriors permeates a vast swath of American history and culture: from the stories we see played out on the big screen to the questionable names of some of our professional sports teams. And among the American Indian warriors, the name that is perhaps best known is that of Crazy Horse, the Sioux warrior famous for his involvement in Custer’s last stand.

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Movie Date: Black Swan

Friday, December 03, 2010

Rafer and Kristen find agreement on the creepiness of Daron Aronofsky's new thriller with Oscar-buzz, "Black Swan," debate the ending, and decide that a movie can sometimes be good even if it offers more questions than answers.   

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Colin Firth on 'The King's Speech'

Friday, December 03, 2010

We speak with Colin Firth about his latest film, “The King’s Speech,” which centers on Queen Elizabeth’s father, King George VI. Firth plays Albert George, unexpectedly forced to take the throne after the death of his father and abdication of his older brother. As World War II looms, George must overcome his lifelong stuttering problem and address the nation.

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Movies: 'Black Swan'

Friday, December 03, 2010

Darren Aronofsky's dark ballet film "Black Swan" opens today, and it's already being mentioned as a contender for Oscar season. But the film elicited very different reactions from our movie contributors, Kristen Meinzer and Newsday film critic Rafer Guzman.

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Celebrating 40 Years of the National Lampoon

Friday, December 03, 2010

In 1970, three young alumni from the Harvard Lampoon started a national version of their campus humor magazine. It was called National Lampoon, and in the forty years since its launch, the Lampooon's humor and former members have permeated television, film, and just about every other cultural outlet in America.

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The Best Books of 2010 for the Gift-Giving Season

Thursday, December 02, 2010

The holiday season is approaching quickly, and if you’re like millions of other Americans, books will be on your to-give list. What books should you be giving? Which books are most likely to be enthusiastically received — regardless of whether you're giving them to an e-reading enthusiast or couch potato?

Patrik Henry Bass, our friend and senior editor at Essence magazine, is here with some tips, and offers (after the jump) his favorite books of 2010 for this gift-giving season.

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Happy Hanukkah from Ben Kweller: Remixing the Holidays

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Hanukkah kicks off at sundown tonight. And while the festival of lights is famous for a lot of things — like potato latkes and eight nights of presents — it’s often underappreciated for its music.

That changes today. Indie music star Ben Kweller reminds us that there’s plenty of good Hanukkah music. He joins us from his tour bus, which is currently parked in Birmingham, Ala.

Here is Ben Kweller's full list of favorite Hanukkah songs:

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Anne Rice on Angels, Vampires and Religion

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Thirty years ago, Anne Rice exploded onto the literary scene with her gothic novel “Interview with the Vampire.” Since then, she’s sold over 100 million copies of her books and explored not just vampires, but also witches and the life of Christ.

Her newest book, out today, is called “Of Love and Evil.” It’s the second book in her “Songs of Seraphim” trilogy, and it follows the saga of a former government assassin and an angel as they travel back to 15th century Rome to unravel the mystery of a poisoning.

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Congress Weighs Unemployment Benefits

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Earlier this month, a bill to extend benefits for three months for the long-term unemployed was defeated in Congress. The cost of extending benefits would have equaled roughly $12 billion.

But while Capitol Hill has thus far been unwilling to spend $12 billion for the unemployed, Republicans on the Hill have also announced their intention to extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest two percent of Americans. The price tag to do so for 2011? Roughly $36 billion.

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Movie Date: Burlesque

Monday, November 29, 2010

Rafer and Kristen go to see the bumps, grinds and half-naked vixens in "Burlesque," but find themselves yawning and surrounded by nearly every cliché from the stripper movie pantheon.

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Jett Williams, on Hank Williams's Lost Recordings

Monday, November 29, 2010

In 1951, at the pinnacle of his career, legendary country singer Hank Williams recorded several hours of music with the Mother's Best Flour Show at radio station WSM, housed in the Grand Ole Opry.

Thinking the shows would only reach a small, mostly rural audience, Hank was unguarded in both his conversation and choice of songs — which included some that he’d never performed elsewhere. 

One might presume that the recordings would have been painstakingly archived and preserved. But when WSM cleaned house in the late 1970s, the Hank Williams Mother’s Best recordings were actually put out with the trash. Fortunately, they were rescued by the Opry’s photographer and handed over to Hank's daughter, Jett Williams.

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Maira Kalman Travels Country to Fall Back In Love with America

Friday, November 26, 2010

All week long we have been talking about the idea of "home," and the physical attributes and emotional attachments we have to our homes.

We end our series by talking with artist and writer Maira Kalman. She is the author of “And the Pursuit of Happiness,” a compilation of her year-long journey for our partner, The New York Times, to explore her adopted home, America. Kalman was not born in the United States, but she traveled the country to fall back in love.

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Amy Sedaris on Home Entertaining, Crafting, and Cooking

Thursday, November 25, 2010

This whole week we’re talking about home. And we’re asking our guests and listeners: what does home look and sound and taste like to you?

If you’re Amy Sedaris, the answer might very well be tinfoil balls and seashell toilet seat covers.

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