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Friday, November 19, 2010

Laura Linney and Brian d’Arcy James talk about starring in “Time Stands Still." Then, Daniel Swift discusses the lost pilots of World War II, including his grandfather. Miranda Richardson tells us about her role in the film “Made in Dagenham.” Plus, Please Explain is all about the new health care law.

Laura Linney and Brian d’Arcy James on “Time Stands Still”

Laura Linney and Brian d’Arcy James discuss Donald Margulies’ play “Time Stands Still.” It follows Sarah and James, a photojournalist and a foreign correspondent, trying to find happiness in a chaotic, violent world. They confront challenges at home when they decide to settle down into a more conventional life. "Time Stands Still" is playing at the Cort Theatre, 138 West 48th Street.

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Bomber County: Poetry and World War II

Just as the trenches produced the most remarkable poetry of World War I, the bombing campaigns of World War II produced haunting poetry as it altered lives forever. Daniel Swift discusses the connections between poetry and WWII’s air war, and the life of his grandfather: a pilot with the 83rd Squadron of the Royal Air Force, who died in the war. Bomber County: The Poetry of a Lost Pilot’s War is about Swift’s search for his lost grandfather and an investigation into the experience of bombing and being bombed.

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Miranda Richardson on “Made in Dagenham”

Miranda Richardson discusses the film “Made in Dagenham.” Set against the backdrop of the 1960s, the film is based on a true story about a group of women who joined forces and stood up to their bosses at the Ford Motor Factory to demand equal pay for equal work. By daring to stand up and push boundaries, the women changed a broken system. “Made in Dagenhau” opens November 19 at Lincoln Plaza and Angelika Film Center.

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Please Explain: Health Care Reform

President Obama's health care reform has been seen as too much intervention by some and not enough of an overhaul by others, but few people know exactly what the new law includes and how it changes health care and health insurance in this country. On this week's Please Explain, Washington Post correspondent T. R. Reid explains the ins and outs, the costs and the savings, of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. He's the author of The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care.

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