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Monday, July 16, 2012

Jackie Siegel in “The Queen of Versailles,” a Magnolia Pictures release. (Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures. Photo Credit: Lauren Greenfield)

Director Lauren Greenfield talks about her new documentary, “The Queen of Versailles." Brian Castner discusses serving as the commander of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit in Iraq and gives an honest account of the difficulties of adjusting to life back at home. And Dr. Eric Manheimer tells us about his memoir, Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital.

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“The Queen of Versailles"

Director Lauren Greenfield talks about her new documentary “The Queen of Versailles,” about Jackie and David Siegel, who start building the biggest house in America—a 90,000 sq. ft. mega-mansion, but their empire, fueled by the real estate bubble and cheap money, falters in the wake of the economic crisis. “The Queen of Versailles” opens July 20 at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center and the Angelika Film Center.

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Disarming IEDs in Iraq

Brian Castner served two tours of duty as the commander of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit in Iraq. He describes the nerve-racking yet exhilarating work of disarming the deadly improvised explosive devices—or picking up the pieces when the alert came too late. He also gives an account of returning home and facing the lonely battle against the enemy within—the haunting memories that will not fade, the survival instincts that will not switch off. His book The Long Walk: A Story of War and the Life that Followsexamines the toll war takes on the men and women who are fighting it.

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Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital

Dr. Eric Manheimer, the former Medical Director of Bellevue Hospital, discusses his memoir,Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital, which tells the stories of very different patients-from a UN dignitary to a prisoner from Riker's Island, from illegal immigrants and Wall Street tycoons. He also discusses his own cancer diagnosis and facing his own illness and possible death while he struggles to save the lives of others.

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