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The Forces Behind the Arab Spring; Changes in Hollywood; Rufus Wainwright on Kate McGarrigle's Life and Music; Matt Taibbi

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Join guest host Richard Hake on tomorrow’s show when he speaks to political scientist Shibley Telhami about the driving forces behind the Arab Spring. Veteran Hollywood producer Lynda Obst looks at the major transformation in the movie business over the last decade. Director Lian Lunson talks about her documentary “Sing the Songs That Say I Love You: A Concert for Kate McGarrigle,” along with Rufus Wainwright. And Rolling Stone contributing editor Matt Taibbi explains what new documents reveal about the role that the rating agencies played in the 2008 financial meltdown.

The World Through Arab Eyes

Political scientist Shibley Telhami analyzes the driving forces and emotions of the Arab uprisings and looks ahead to the next phase of Arab politics.  In The World Through Arab Eyes, Telhami gives an account of Arab identity, revealing how Arabs’ present-day priorities and grievances have been gestating for decades. Many Arabs may have a wounded sense of national pride, but they also have a desire for political systems with elements of Western democracies. 

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The New Abnormal in the Movie Business

Veteran Hollywood producer Lynda Obst talks about how Hollywood has drastically transformed in the past decade. In Sleepless in Hollywood: Tales from the New Abnormal in the Movie Business, she explains what has stalled the moviemaking machine, how studios dependency on foreign markets impacts the kind of movies that get made.

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Lian Lunson and Rufus Wainwright on "Sing Me the Songs that Say I Love You"

Director Lian Lunson talks about her documentary “Sing Me the Songs that Say I Love You: A Concert for Kate McGarrigle.” She’s joined by singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright. Rufus and Martha Wainwright honored their mother, who died in 2010, with a May 2011 concert in that included her sisters Anna and Jane McGarrigle, Jimmy Fallon, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Antony Hegarty, and others. The film comebines home movie footage of the Wainwrights, archival footage, and family interviews to tell the story of Kate’s life and the songs she wrote. “Sing Me the Songs that Say I Love You” is playing at Film Forum though July 9.

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Matt Taibbi on the Last Mystery of the Financial Crisis

Rolling Stone Contributing Editor Matt Taibbi discusses what new documents reveal about the role that the rating agencies played in the 2008 financial meltdown. His latest article is "The Last Mystery of the Financial Crisis."

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Guest Picks: Lynda Obst

Veteran Hollywood producer Lynda Obst was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about the changes she's seen in the movie business in the last 20 years. She also us what she's reading and listening these days. 

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