Manipulation and Movie Magic

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Ben-Hur (Ben-Hur DVD/

Martin Lindstrom talks about techniques companies use to manipulate our minds and persuade us to buy a whole range of products we probably don’t need. Then, we’ll take a look at the 50th anniversary of the Charlton Heston classic “Ben-Hur,” with director William Wyler’s daughter. Former football player Keith Miller tells us about his second career—as an opera singer. On Backstory, we’ll look at the case of Omar Khadr, one of the youngest inmates at Guantanamo. And Underreported is about the lives of migrant farm workers.


Martin Lindstrom, marketing visionary and consumer advocate, explains the secrets of how global corporations manipulate our minds to persuade us to buy. Brandwashed: Tricks Companies Use to Manipulate Our Minds and Persuade Us to Buy looks at the marketing industry, exposing the psychological tricks and traps that companies devise to win our money. He reveals that advertisers and marketers intentionally target children, stoke the flames of public panic and capitalize on paranoia, make their products chemically addictive, and more.

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50th anniversary of “Ben-Hur”

Catherine Wyler talks about the 50th anniversary of “Ben-Hur,” which her father, William Wyler, directed. The film won 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor. Blu-ray is releasing an “Ultimate Collector’s Edition” of the film September 27. It’s also playing at the New York Film Festival on Saturday, October 1.

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Keith Miller on “Anna Bolena”

Keith Miller is the only opera singer performing today who was a former football player. He discusses his transition from football to opera, his meteoric rise in the opera world, and his role in Donizetti’s “Anna Bolena” at the Metropolitan Opera. "Anna Bolena" will be shown live in HD at movie theaters on October 15 at 12:55 pm. Check listings here to find theaters.

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Backstory: Omar Khadr & Guantanamo

In July 2002, 15-year-old Omar Khadr was picked up in Afghanistan by U.S. forces and accused of killing an American soldier with a hand grenade. Although he is a Canadian citizen, Kadhr remains in the U.S. Prison at Guantanamo Bay and is the only Westerner still held there. Filmmakers Luc Côté and Patricio Henriquez talk about about their documentary "You Don’t Like the Truth: 4 Days Inside Guantanamo," which includes excerpts from Khadr’s 2003 videotaped interrogation by Canadian intelligence officers. “You Don’t Like the Truth” is currently playing at Film Forum through October 4. 


Underreported: The Lives of Migrant Farm Workers

When we’re in the supermarket, trying to figure out what to cook for dinner, the issues of immigration and migrant laborers usually aren’t on our minds. Yet migrant workers pick much of the produce that ends up on our tables. On today’s Underreported segment, GQ correspondent Jeanne Marie Laskas describes the season she spent with the migrant workers who pick the fruits and vegetables we find in our supermarkets, and why our food system depends on them. Her article "Hecho en América" appears in the October issue of GQ.

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