Thanks to the new movie “12 Years a Slave,” many people around the world are learning for the first time about a man named Solomon Northup. A free-born African American man, Northup was kidnapped in 1841, trafficked to the south, and forced into slavery—eventually regaining his freedom in 1853. Renee Moore, founder of the annual Solomon Northup Day in Saratoga Springs, joins The Takeaway to shed light on the real Solomon Northup.
The Movie Date team, Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, weighs in on this week’s big releases: The remake of “Carrie,” starring Julianne Moore and Chloe Grace Moretz; “12 Years a Slave,” the true story of a free black man trafficked into slavery during the mid-1800s; and “The Fifth Estate,” which looks at the rise of Julian Assange and Wikileaks.
This week, Kristen and Rafer take on heroes and villains with this week's two major releases: 'Captain Phillips,' the new Tom Hanks-led film about the real hijacking of the Maersk Alabama by Somali pirates in 2009, and 'Machete Kills,' the latest Mexploitation film from Robert Rodriguez. And bonus: Kristen interviews the real Captain Richard Phillips, asking him to give his thoughts on the movie (and on Tom Hanks's interpretation of his accent). All aboard!
This weekend’s big film release celebrates the heroism of Captain Richard Phillips, who commandeered the Maersk Alabama in 2009—until it was invaded by armed Somali pirates. During the attack, Captain Phillips was kidnapped and held hostage. His second in command, Chief Mate Shane Murphy, was forced to take over as Master of the Maersk Alabama. The real Captain Murphy shares his side of the story and his thoughts on the new film, "Captain Phillips."
This week, two big releases allow movie lovers to enjoy real and fictional heroes and villains. For reality lovers, there's "Captain Phillips" and for lovers of fiction, there's "Machete Kills." Our Movie Date team—Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer—weighs in with their thoughts. In addition to co-hosting the Movie Date podcast, Rafer is film critic for Newsday and Kristen is culture producer for The Takeaway.
As the classical music world grapples with the loss of its core listeners, the New World Symphony has been doing interesting things to break down stereotypes when it comes to classical music and classical performance.The Takeaway speaks with Howard Herring, president and CEO of the New World Symphony, about his groundbreaking work to open classical music to a wider audience.
Due to a lapse in appropriations caused by the government shutdown, funds for certain government Antarctic research programs will be depleted by October 14, 2013. What's it really like to do research in Antarctica? In the book Empire Antarctica, author Gavin Francis details his 14 month adventure as the base-camp doctor at Halley research station in Antarctica. Today Francis joins The Takeaway to discuss his work and the way forward for Antarctic research.
This fall, the staff of WNYC's Radiolab is producing their second multi-city tour, Apocalyptical. In this new live stage performance, Radiolab turns its gaze to the topic of endings, both blazingly fast and agonizingly slow. Today Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich join The Takeaway today to discuss some of the topics they're exploring and how we look at endings today.
Olafur Grimsson, the President of Iceland, has launched the first international gathering on the Arctic, called Arctic Circle. This gathering will take place from October 11 to 14 in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik, and will include international leaders and players from the worlds of business, science, politics and policy. President Gromsson explains the importance of the conference, and why the U.S. should be paying more attention to the arctic.
Rafer and Kristen switch gears for this week's podcast and review 10 movies in (about) 10 minutes. They also review Gravity, and make some very special announcements!
This week has seemed like a movie at points, albeit a very long one with no predictable resolution. But our Movie Date team, Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, are here to weigh in on the actual movies coming out this week. Together they review "Gravity," "Runner Runner," and "Parkland."
Sandra Bullock and George Clooney's highly anticipated sci-fi thriller finally hits theaters this week. Featuring the lone actors, "Gravity" is about astronauts marooned in space after an accident damages their shuttle. But what really happens when an astronaut floats off into space? Erik Sofge is a contributing writer to Popular Mechanics and has extensively researched space suits and survival.
Should body image be viewed as a public health issue? And if yes, is city hall the best forum to discuss these issues? The Takeaway is joined by Samantha Levine, an aide to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg who conceived of the NYC Girls Project and is serving as its project director. And Emily Rems is managing editor of Bust, a magazine that covers news and culture from feminist perspective. They feature models and editorial content with a wide range of women and body types.
The government shutdown doesn’t just mean the shuttering of offices on Capitol Hill. It also means the closing of the 84.4 million acres that make up the National Park System. This means that many of the 280 million people who visit the parks each year are being forced to modify their plans. Today The Takeaway examines the displacement of international tourists across the U.S., like Matti Puckridge of Australia.
Ten years ago, Valerie Plame’s career as a CIA operative came to an abrupt end when her identity was revealed by Washington Post journalist Robert Novak. She’s just completed her first crime novel, which centers on a female CIA agent. In her new book, Plame doesn't just borrow from her own life, she also draws inspiration from real world events. She joins The Takeaway to discuss her new work.
Congress has not agreed to put a spending bill in place, forcing the government to shutdown for the first time in almost 20 years. What exactly does this mean for basic government functions? What impact will this have on our slowly recovering economy? Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich explains the details of the shutdown and what implications it will have.
In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen talk sex, sex addiction and porn. Tell your kids to leave the room because they're reviewing 'Thanks for Sharing,' 'Starlet,' and 'Don Jon.'
It’s Friday, and you know what that means: It's movie day at The Takeaway. This week, the Movie Date team previews three major releases. As always, our Movie Date team, Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, are here to weigh in. Rafer, is film critic for Newsday. And Kristen is culture producer for The Takeaway.
Airports around the country invest millions of dollars in public art. Some airports have even opened museums and curate roving exhibits. Rebecca Blume Rothman is the Public Art Project Manager with the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, which is in the midst of a multi-million dollar public arts project in the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. Colleen McPoland is the manager of the Aviation Art Program at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
The year 1945 was a seminal moment for the world. From the bombing of Hiroshima, the end of World War II and the United Nations Charter, to Perry Como and Gandhi, a history began in 1945 that we're living today. Ian Baruma’s new book is called “Year Zero: A History of 1945.” He joins The Takeaway to discuss the ways the year 1945 came to shape global dynamics.