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Friday, May 07, 2010

Filmmaker Laura Poitras talks about her documentary "The Oath," about Osama Bin Laden’s bodyguard and driver. It’s been 50 years since the FDA approved the birth control pill, and we’ll look at its cultural legacy. And we’ll find out about the nearly 30 minutes of long-lost footage from Fritz Lang’s silent classic film "Metropolis" that has been discovered and restored. Plus Please Explain is all about fat.

"The Oath"

Filmmaker Laura Poitras discusses her documentary “The Oath,” about the divergent paths of Osama bin Laden’s bodyguard, Abu Jandal, and driver, Salim Hamdan. Their intertwined personal stories shed light on a world that has confounded the West, and the film offers an unsettling glimpses of the international impact ...

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The Pill and America

Historian Elaine Tyler May talks about how the pill changed America. In America and the Pill: A History of Promise, Peril, and Liberation she describes how women saw that the pill was about much more than family planning—it offered women control over their bodies and their lives, and it ...

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"Metropolis" Reconstructed

Paula Felix-Didier, director of the Museo del Cine Pablo Ducros Hicken in Buenos Aires, Argentina, discusses a new reconstruction of Fritz Lang’s legendary 1927 film “Metropolis.” It includes nearly thirty minutes of long-lost footage discovered recently in Argentina. The new version of “Metropolis” will be playing at Film ...

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Please Explain: Fat

We’ll find out the difference between brown body fat and white, how fat forms and functions, where its stored, how its burned, and how much is too much. Maudene Nelson, registered dietitian, New York State Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist, and a Certified Diabetes Educator at the Institute of Human Nutrition, joins us.

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