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Monday, November 28, 2011

Mike Mayo has worked as an analyst at several of Wall Street’s big banks. On today’s show, he explains how they work, and why so much hasn’t changed since the financial meltdown. Then, Judy Greer and Shailene Woodley talk about starring with George Clooney in the new film “The Descendants.” Kevin Brownlow describes the painstaking restoration of the complete version of Abel Gance’s legendary 1927 film “Napoleon” only now getting its official U.S. premiere. Plus, a look at the escalating violence surrounding drug trafficking in Mexico, and whether anything can be done about it.

Exile on Wall Street

Wall Street analyst Mike Mayo, who worked at six Wall Street firms, analyzing banks and protesting against bad practices for two decades, discusses the role of finance and banks in the US. In Exile on Wall Street: One Analysts Fight to Save Big Banks from Themselves   he lays out practices that have harmed capitalism and the banking sector and reveals the inner workings of the big banks. He also analyzes the fallout from the market crash, points out the holes that remain in the system, and offers practical solutions.

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Judy Greer and Shailene Woodley from "The Descendants"

Judy Greer and Shailene Woodley talk about their roles in director Alexander Payne’s new movie, “The Descendants.” In it, George Clooney plays a man struggling to pull his life and family together after his wife ends up in a coma.

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Abel Gance’s “Napoleon”

Academy Award-winning historian, documentarian, and archivist Kevin Brownlow talks about restoring Abel Gance’s legendary film “Napoleon.” The current restoration, completed in 2001, reclaims about 30 minutes of footage culled from archives around the world and visually upgrades much of the film—the 35mm print uses the original dye-bath techniques, accurately recreating the color tints and tones of the initial release. It hasn’t been screened theatrically in the U.S. with live orchestra for nearly 30 years.

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Inside Mexico’s Criminal Insurgency

Journalist Ioan Grillo, who has spent a decade in Mexico reporting on the drug wars from the front lines, draws a portrait of Mexico's drug cartels and how they have radically transformed in the last decade. His book El Narco: Inside Mexico’s Criminal Insurgency includes testimonies from inside the cartels, firsthand dispatches, and analysis.

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