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Movie Date: Christmas Movie Podcast

Thursday, December 08, 2011

There are two kinds of people: those who love Christmas movies and those who hate them.
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Harvey Weinstein on What Inspires Him

Friday, December 02, 2011

Whether or not you recognize their surname, no other duo has so clearly shaped American independent cinema and its culture over the past 25 years like Harvey and Bob Weinstein. Among the films released by Miramax Films and the Weinstein Company, 261 have received Oscar nominations and 62 have won Academy Awards. Harvey Weinstein speaks to John and Celeste about his childhood, what got him into the movie business, and his expansive career.

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Remembering George Harrison and the Beatles with Louise Harrison

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Fifty years ago, four young men named Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Pete Best stepped into a studio for the first time to record a few songs. They called themselves the Beat Brothers, and they were more or less a backup band for a singer named Tony Sheridan. The Beat Brothers did not remain a backup band for long. Pete Best would be replaced by Ringo Star, and the Beat Brothers became the Beatles, one of the most enduring and popular bands in history.

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The Art and Business Behind Holiday Songs

Monday, November 28, 2011

It's everywhere in the air right now — at the supermarket, the pharmacy, in elevators, and in streets of cities across the country — not good cheer, but that endless loop of holiday music. Aside from annoying cynics or providing a soundtrack to Norman Rockwell-times around the dinner table, well-worn tunes like "White Christmas" or "Here Comes Santa Clause" mostly mean big business for bands releasing Christmas albums.

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Ham Radio: Still Relevant in a Digital World

Friday, November 25, 2011

As we become more dependent on advanced technology, we begin to sometimes value the reliability of low tech. When digital mp3 files vanish into the cloud, you think about those old reliable vinyl LPs in the box. When the internet or a wireless network goes down, the modern wired-up citizen of planet Earth is suddenly on some asteroid of media isolation — hence the value of go old low tech analog, amateur radio. In the internet generation ham radio has also grown and the different ways of being connected do not compete they enhance each other. In fact, ham radio is more popular than at any time in U.S. history, according to a recent report from the American Radio Relay League.

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Movie Date: 'The Muppets' Reunited and it Feels So Good

Friday, November 25, 2011

Who doesn't get chills when they hear the opening banjo riff to "Rainbow Connection"? That was the popular tune payed by a lovable Kermit the Frog in the original 'Muppet Movie' way back in 1979. This week, 'The Muppets' return to the screen after a long hiatus. When Muppet-master Jim Henson died in 1990, some thought these lovable puppets might be gone for good. But they got the whole band back together for a Muppets reunion, with help from Jason Segel and Amy Adams.

Takeaway 'Movie Date' podcasters Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer take a trip down memory lane and talk about what the new installment of the series brings to the table.

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Giving Thanks for Family with Jennifer Grant

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Throughout today’s show, the Takeaway has been giving thanks, and looking back at some of our favorite interviews from the past year. Our interview with Jennifer Grant is among them, and it's surprisingly timely for Thanksgiving (listen to the very end to know what we mean). Grant is the daughter of the late Cary Grant, who, for more than 30 years, was one of the most bankable actors in the world, starring in such classics as “Bringing Up Baby,” “The Philadelphia Story,” “An Affair to Remember,” and “North by Northwest.”

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Giving Thanks for a Long Life and Fulfilling Career with Betty White

Thursday, November 24, 2011

It’s Thanksgiving. And we have a lot to be grateful for here at the Takeaway — including our amazing listeners and guests. One of our favorites from this past year was the great Betty White. In addition to starring on “Hot in Cleveland,” the legendary comedian, movie star, and seven-time Emmy winner is the author of a new book "If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won’t)." White, who overflows with gratitude, reminds us that there's much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

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Giving Thanks for Big Dreams with Kevin Clash and Elmo

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Throughout today's show, The Takeaway will be giving thanks, and looking back at some of our favorite interviews from the past year. Among them is a certain man who usually walks around the world completely unrecognized, despite the fact that he plays one of the most recognizable characters in television history. He was mentored by the great Jim Henson. And he has more daytime Emmys than most TV actors accrue in a lifetime.

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Kenneth Branagh on Playing Olivier in 'My Week with Marilyn'

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Fifty five years ago, the great Shakespearean actor Sir Laurence Olivier teamed up with the biggest movie star in the world, Marilyn Monroe for a little comedic film called "The Prince and the Showgirl." Olivier ,at nearly 50-years-old, directed the film and played the prince. Monroe, at 30, played the showgirl.

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Real Life 'Budget Heroes' Tackle Federal Debt

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Congressional "super committee" failed to reach a consensus about deficit reduction. But given a chance to tinker with the budget, ordinary Americans playing an online computer game called Budget Hero have made some big decisions. Users make decisions about spending in areas like defense, health care, Social Security, education and infrastructure and can see the effects. 

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Movie Date: 'Hugo,' 'My Week with Marilyn,' 'The Muppets'

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

It's the day before Thanksgiving, one of the biggest movie release dates of the year. Among the major releases this year is Martin Scorsese's ode to movie history, "Hugo," and "My Week with Marilyn," starring Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh. And of course, "The Muppets" which has everyone as eager to talk about music as they are about movies.

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Musical Politicians: From Berlusconi to Clinton

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

His days as prime minister of Italy are coming to an end, but Silvio Berlusconi isn't fading away quietly. On Tuesday, his fourth album of love songs will be released to the public. Titled "Il Vero Amore" (True Love), the album features 11 ballads, which are performed with the help of his long-time collaborator Mariano Apicella. But Berlusconi is hardly the only politician with musical aspirations. Here in the States, political figures from Bill Clinton and Ted Kennedy to Orrin Hatch and Condoleezza Rice have tried their hands at music.

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An Award-Winning Chef Makes a Plea for Home Cooking

Monday, November 21, 2011

Perhaps the most common trade-off for working parents is the inability to give their kids home-cooked meals—even if they work in food service. John Besh, a working dad and James Beard award-winning chef who runs eight acclaimed restaurants, has written a book about his experiences trying to fix the gap between the food he prepares in his home and at work.

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Movie Date: 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn Pt. 1'

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Yes, it's finally here; the first part of the last installment of the "Twilight" movies. And it's got everything the others didn't: vampire marriage, sex, pregnancy, baby monsters. Kristen and Rafer talk about the latest (and possibly greatest?) movie that all the tweens are talking about. What do a couple of grown adults think? They kind of liked it! Find out why in this week's podcast.

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New Documentary Looks At Concentration Camp Excavation

Friday, November 18, 2011

In 1943, a group of Jews stood in a field in near Maidanek, a concentration camp in Poland also known as Lublin. Fearing their deaths, they burried their most prized possessions in the soil. Decades later, more than 60 years after two survivors returned to lead an excavation of the largest recovery of valuables from a death camp in history. A new documentary, called "Buried Prayers" tells the story of that event.

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New Movie Releases: 'Happy Feet 2,' 'Descendants,' 'Breaking Dawn'

Friday, November 18, 2011

This week's big releases include the animated family film "Happy Feet 2," "The Descendants," starring George Clooney, and the eagerly awaited fourth Twilight movie "Breaking Dawn." Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday,and Kristen Meinzer, Takeaway culture producer, are co-hosts of the Movie Date podcast. They give their thoughts on the new movies this week.

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Black Sabbath: The Reunion of a Seminal Heavy Metal Band

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Everybody knows the riffs from Black Sabbath's "Iron Man" and "Paranoid." They may seem timid by today's standards but in 1970, when the songs were released, they displayed the most ferocious sound in all the music world. Black Sabbath inspired legions of metal and hard rock musicians in the coming years. The good news for metal fans is that the original line-up of Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward, and Tony Iommi will get back together for a new album in 2012. This will be the first time that the band has recorded together since 1978's "Never Say Die!"

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Charles Dickens at 200

Thursday, November 17, 2011

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…" The words are timeless, they could apply to the world today. But of course, they were written over 150 years ago by Charles Dickens, in his masterpiece "A Tale of Two Cities." If he were still alive, Charles Dickens would be turning 200 in just a few months.

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An Unusual Crop of National Book Awards Finalists

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The National Book Awards finalists were announced last month and they included more surprises than have been seen in recent memory. Among the finalists were a graphic novel in the non-fiction category and a total of six books in a category that only allows five. On Wednesday night, the questions and controversy will come to an end, as the awards are handed out. Patrik Henry Bass, editor of books at Essence and Takeaway contributor, gives some insight into the National Book Awards.

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