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Desiree Cooper on 'The Help'

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The film adaptation of “The Help” has been out since last week, and reviews are mixed. Some say the film depicts the lives of African-American domestic workers with too much levity. Discussions abound about the movie's treatment of the sensitive relationship between white women and black domestic servants — many of them negative.

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Talking With New Poet Laureate Philip Levine, Part Two

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Last week, the Library of Congress named Philip Levine as the next poet laureate, succeeding W.S. Merwin. Previous writers who were awarded that title include Robert Frost, Billy Collins, and Maxine Kumin. Levine was once an auto plant worker in Detroit, and that city became the basis for many of his poems. We spoke with Levine yesterday, about his reputation as a working class poet.

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New Movie Releases: 'The Help,' '30 Minutes or Less,' 'The Guard'

Friday, August 12, 2011

Every Friday we talk about new movies here at The Takeaway. This weekend’s big releases are “The Help,” which centers on black domestic workers in Mississippi in the 1960s and the white women they work for; “30 Minutes or Less,” a bank-robbery action film; and “The Guard,” an Irish indie cop film, featuring Don Cheadle as an American FBI agent.

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Jay-Z and Kanye West Release Joint Album, 'Watch the Throne'

Monday, August 08, 2011

Coming up, Today sees the launch of a much anticipated collaboration between two musical giants. Jay Z and Kanye West have joined forces to produce ‘Watch the Throne’. What can we expect? That's next on the Takeaway.

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Rupert Wyatt and Andy Serkis on 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes'

Friday, August 05, 2011

"Beware the beast Man, for he is the Devil’s pawn." That’s a quote from the 1968 classic science fiction film, "Planet of the Apes." The movie starred Charlton Heston, and imagined a post-nuclear world ruled by powerful apes. The film spawned a media franchise of sequels, and television series. But "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," which debuts this weekend, contemplates how the primates might take power today.

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New Movie Releases: 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes,' 'The Change-Up,' 'Magic Trip'

Friday, August 05, 2011

Every Friday, Movie Date podcast co-hosts Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman talk about the weekend's new releases. The biggest debut this weekend is a remake of a film that comes from a long line of remakes: "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" opens today. (The movie’s director and unconventional star, Andy Serkis will appear later this morning on the program.) Also opening this weekend is "The Change-Up" a new bro-mance starring Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds, and "Magic Trip," a documentary about Ken Kesey and the Merry Prankster’s drug-filled road trip in 1964.

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Peter Parker to Miles Morales: A New Spider-Man Is Born

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Everybody was talking about Spider-Man this week. But it wasn't the dangers of the Broadway show, or the latest actor to be playing Spidey on the silver screen. Most conversation revolved around the comic book itself, and the death of longtime character Peter Parker in the Ultimate Spider-Man series from Marvel. He's been replaced with a new protagonist: a half-Latino, half-African-American teenager named Miles Morales. We had two expert guests on the show to talk about their perspectives: Vice Magazine's Nicholas Gazin, and Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso. See how our coverage of the new Spider-Man character developed, what listeners and guests had to say. 

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Preserving America's Earliest Recordings

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

These days, almost every computer and cell phone has software to download or record and save our favorite songs. Of course, it wasn’t always so simple. Thomas Edison created the first phonograph in 1877, an invention that recorded sound on tinfoil-covered cylinders. But many of the recordings from Edison's day were lost to history — until the founders of Archeophone Records stepped in. 

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Kathy Bolkovac and Larysa Kondracki on 'The Whistleblower'

Friday, July 29, 2011

Child sex slavery and human trafficking are crimes often associated with international criminals. But what if the people behind these heinous activities were actually our friends and co-workers? A new film called "The Whistleblower" tells a real story in which this is the case.

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New Movie Releases: 'Crazy Stupid Love,' 'The Smurfs,' 'Cowboys and Aliens'

Friday, July 29, 2011

Every Friday, The Takeaway looks at the week's new film releases. Hitting the multiplexes this weekend is "Crazy Stupid Love" is a romantic comedy starring Steve Carell as a recent divorcé navigating the dating world, and Ryan Gosling as source of romantic advice. Also out is "The Smurfs," a combination live-action and animated movie, based on the '80s cartoon about tiny blue creatures. And "Cowboys and Aliens" is a western meets alien invasion flick, starring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, and Olivia Wilde.

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Martha Plimpton

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Martha Plimpton talks about her role on television show “Raising Hope.” She was just nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Leading Actress in a Comedy.

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Jenna Fischer on 'A Little Help'

Friday, July 22, 2011

The world knows Jenna Fischer best as the funny, quirky Pam Beesly on NBC’s "The Office." But today, movie-goers will see her acting range span beyond office flirtation and suburban boredom, and take a turn for the dark. In her new movie, "A Little Help," which opens today, Fischer plays a young wife and mother, whose unhappy marriage comes to sudden end when her husband unexpectedly dies.

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New Movie Releases: 'Captain America,' 'Friends with Benefits'

Friday, July 22, 2011

This weekend two potentially big blockbusters are opening in theaters: "Captain America: The First Avenger," an action-packed comic book movie, and "Friends with Benefits," starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis as two friends who try to have a casual physical relationship.

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Summer Book Club: S.J. Bolton's 'Blood Harvest'

Monday, July 18, 2011

Our book club continues today with Celeste Headlee's second pick of the summer. S.J. Bolton is one of the most successful mystery authors writing today. Her third novel "Blood Harvest" is everything Celeste thinks a summer book should be: intriguing, suspenseful, fun — and, of course, well-written. The book centers on the mysterious disappearance and death of several young girls in a town in the British Moors.

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Errol Morris on His New Film 'Tabloid'

Friday, July 15, 2011

In 1977, the British tabloid press was captivated by the story of Joyce McKinney, a former Miss Wyoming who seemingly kidnapped a Mormon Missionary named Kirk Anderson, and then raped him for three days straight. But, in a new documentary by Errol Morris, McKinney remembers things differently.

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Summer Music: Sharon Van Etten's Mixtape

Friday, July 15, 2011

We're celebrating summer music here on The Takeaway. Throughout the month, we’ll be talking with different musicians about what songs say summer to them. Our guest today is New Jersey-raised and Brooklyn-based singer and songwriter Sharon Van Etten.

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Does the Final Harry Potter Film Deliver?

Friday, July 15, 2011

It's been 10 years since the first Harry Potter film, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," first debuted in cinemas, and 14 years since the novel first hit bookshelves. This weekend, the final installment of Harry Potter films, "Harry Potter and the Dealthy Hallows: Part 2," opens in theatres and — as is inevitable with a fanbase this immense and dedicated — anticipation for the film is high. It's already managed to sell out 2,000 screenings across the country.

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The Scholarly Side of Harry Potter

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Tonight at midnight, Harry Potter fans across America will be saying goodbye to their favorite bespeckled wizard, as "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," the final Harry Potter film, opens in theatres. What will the end of Harry Potter mean to the franchise’s loyal fans? Why has Harry Potter been so monumentally popular? And — from an academic point of view — why has Harry Potter been culturally important?

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Skeleton in Harvard's Closet Comes to Light in 'Unnatural Acts'

Monday, July 11, 2011

In 2002, a Harvard University sophomore found evidence in the university's archives of a court that sough out and punished gay students. This scandal is the backdrop for "Unnatural Acts," a new play at the Classic Stage Company in New York. 

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My America: John Turturro

Friday, July 08, 2011

All this week, we’ve been talking with influential Americans about what patriotism and America means to them. We’re calling the series "My America." We’re wrapping up the series today, with actor, writer, and director John Turturro. Famous for his roles in movies like “Do the Right Thing,” “Barton Fink,” “The Big Labowski,” and the “Transformers” trilogy, Turturro's newest film is called "Passione."

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