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Friday, March 31, 2006

On today's show, Leonard's brother Phillip Lopate pays tribute to the art of American film criticism. Then, Aaron Eckhardt describes his role in the new film “Thank You for Smoking.” Plus: Amy Irving joins director Richard Jay-Alexander and playwright Marta Goes for a conversation about their production of A Safe Harbor for Elizabeth Bishop. And we’ll learn about saints on this week’s Please Explain.

The Art of Film Criticism

Since the early 20th century, movies have captured the imaginations of many Americans…especially writers. Phillip Lopate pays tribute to the new art form they created--film criticism--in American Movie Critics.

Events: Phillip Lopate will be leading a panel with Kent Jones, Andrew Sarris, J. Hoberman, and Stanley Kauffmann
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Open Phones: Everyone's a Critic

We take your calls on movie reviews. Can you trust them, or not? Call 212-433-WNYC. That's 212-433-9692.

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A Safe Harbor for Elizabeth Bishop

Amy Irving brings to life the passion of a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet in A Safe Harbor for Elizabeth Bishop. She describes the production along with playwright Marta Goes and director Richard Jay-Alexander.

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Please Explain: Saints

On this week's Please Explain we'll learn about sainthood--from which virtues different saints represent, to how someone becomes a saint.

Leonard talks to Monsignor James P. Moroney, Executive Director of the »United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Secretariat for the Liturgy; and Kenneth L. Woodward, longtime Vatican ...

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