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Friday, November 18, 2011

We’ll take look at the multi-billion-dollar world of illegal arms trading. Director Edmon Roch joins us to talk about Juan Pujol, the Spanish double agent who changed the direction of WWII. The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames are widely regarded as some of America’s most important designers, and we’ll speak to the co-director of a new documentary about them. Plus our latest Please Explain segment!

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Inside the Global Arms Trade

Andrew Feinstein investigates the global arms trade and the collusion that often exists among senior politicians, weapons manufacturers, felonious arms dealers, and the military—a situation that compromises our security and undermines our democracy. His book Shadow World looks at the corruption and the cover-ups behind a range of weapons deals, from the largest in history—between the British and Saudi governments—to the guns-for-diamonds deals in Africa and the imminent $60 billion U.S. weapons contract with Saudi Arabia.

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Garbo the Spy

Spanish filmmaker Edmon Roch talks about his new film, “Garbo the Spy.” It’s about Juan Pujol Garcia, clever enough to fool both the Nazis and the Allies as the ultimate double agent. He was code named GARBO because he was considered a master thespian by the Allies. He was responsible for the successful outcome of D Day, and he wrote endless journals that have helped explain the movement of the war.


Eames: The Architect and the Painter

Bill Jersey, co-director of the documentary “Eames: The Architect and the Painter,” talks about the film—a look into the private world of the Renaissance-style studio that Charles and Ray Eames conceived in a warehouse in Venice Beach, California, where design history was born. “The Eames Era,” began in the optimistic flush of American victory during World War II, and the global impact of the Eames aesthetic continues today. “Eames: The Architect and the Painter” opens November 18 at the IFC Center.

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Please Explain: The Railroads

Railroad historian John Hankey, and Bob Lettenberger, Director of Education for the National Railroad Museum talk about the history and significance of the freight and passenger railroads in the United States. They’ll also discuss the deterioration of our passenger railways in the 1950s and 1960s and the current state of rail travel here, compared to other countries.

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