Katarina Witt, "The Diplomat"; "Casting By"; Counting Calories; a Psychiatrist Reflects on Her Patients

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Monday, August 05, 2013

Katarina Witt was the top international figure skater in the 1980s when she represented East Germany. She describes how she was also under constant surveillance by the Stasi. She’s be joined by the director of a new documentary about how she dealt with the unusual convergence of sports and politics. Tom Donahue talks about his new documentary about the unsung hero in filmmaking: the casting director. We’ll find out how posting calorie counts on menus can have surprising effects on our choices. And a psychiatrist talks about her most challenging patients and how they’ve deepened her commitment to her work.

Katarina Witt and "The Diplomat"

Known as “the most beautiful face of socialism,” figure skating champion Katerina Witt earned unique benefits in East Germany but also constant surveillance from the Stasi, the notorious secret police force. “The Diplomat” chronicles Witt’s fight for her future at home before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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"Casting By"

Director Tom Donahue talks about his documentary “Casting By,” which spotlights filmmaking’s unsung hero—the casting director. He looks at casting pioneers like Marion Dougherty and Lynn Stalmaster, who were iconoclasts whose taste and instincts helped change the old studio system and usher in New Hollywood through landmark movies like “Midnight Cowboy,” “The Graduate,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and “Bonnie and Clyde.” “Casting By” debuts August 5 at 9 pm on HBO.

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Calorie Counts

Sarah Nassauer, reporter for the Wall Street Journal, talks about her article “Where the Calories are Hiding,” which looks at calorie counts on menus and the surprising effect that posting calories has on people’s choices.

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A Psychiatrist’s Encounters with the Mind in Crisis

Psychiatrist Christine Montross discusses the gripping patient encounters that have challenged and deepened her practice. In Falling into the Fire: A Psychiatrist’s Encounters with the Mind in Crisis, she looks at the grave human costs of mental illness and the challenges of diagnosis and treatment, and she confronts the larger question of psychiatry: What is to be done when a patient’s experiences cannot be accounted for, or helped, by what contemporary medicine knows about the brain?

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