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Friday, April 20, 2012

On today’s show: Emmy and Peabody Award–winning NPR special foreign correspondent Charlayne Hunter-Gault talks about her personal journey through the civil rights movement. A 1966 NBC documentary told the story of an African American waiter working in a “whites only” restaurant—that story has been revisited in a film called “Booker’s Place.” Kevin Kline discusses his latest film, “Darling Companion.” Today’s installment of A History of the World in 100 Objects looks at a jade dragon cup from Central Asia. Plus, Please Explain is all about movie special effects!

Charlayne Hunter-Gault's Journey Through the Civil Rights Movement

Charlayne Hunter-Gault talks about being one of two black students who forced the University of Georgia to integrate in 1961, and about her new book,  To the Mountaintop: My Journey Through the Civil Rights Movement.

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"Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story"

In 1965, Frank De Felitta made a documentary about the civil rights struggle in the Mississippi Delta. A black waiter named Booker Wright, who worked at a “whites only” restaurant, spoke openly about his thoughts on segregation in the film, and as a result, he lost his job and was beaten and ostracized. Booker Wright’s granddaughter Yvette Johnson joins Frank De Felitta’s son Raymond De Felitta to discuss about the new documentary directed by Raymond De Felitta, “Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story,” about who Booker Wright was and how the 1965 film changed his life. "Booker's Place" is playing as part of the Tribeca Film Festival April 22, 25, 26, 28, and opens at the Quad Cinema April 27.


Kevin Kline

Kevin Kline talks about his new film, “Darling Companion.” He plays a doctor whose wife (played by Diane Keaton) rescues a lost dog and forms a special bond with it. When the dog runs away, they set off on a frantic search. “Darling Companion” opens April 20 at the Paris and Union Square Theaters.

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Please Explain: Movie Special Effects

Dr. Doug Roble, the Creative Director of Software at Digital Domain, the multiple Academy Award-winning visual effects studio in Venice, California, talks about the history of special effects in filmmaking and explains the art and science of creating them.   

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