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Boz Scaggs on "Memphis"

Monday, October 21, 2013

Rock legend Boz Scaggs talks about his latest album, "Memphis," a love letter of sorts to the album's namesake city that showcases both original songs and choice covers.  William Royce “Boz” Scaggs began a long and storied career in 1965 with the release of his first solo recording “Boz.” He developed into an iconic singer songwriter, playing with Steve Miller and honing his rock and R&B chops working with the likes of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and Duane Allman.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Costa-Gavras on "Capital"

Monday, October 21, 2013

Academy Award winning director Costa-Gavras discusses his latest film, “Capital,” a high-paced drama set in the world of global finance. It’s a pointed commentary on how the Darwinian world of contemporary capitalism, and stars Gad Elmaleh, Gabriel Byrne, and Liya Kebede. “Capital” opens October 25 at the Paris and Regal Union Square.

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The Takeaway

New Movie Releases of The Week: 'Carrie,' 'The Fifth Estate,' '12 Years A Slave'

Friday, October 18, 2013

The Movie Date team, Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, weighs in on this week’s big releases: The remake of “Carrie,” starring Julianne Moore and Chloe Grace Moretz; “12 Years a Slave,” the true story of a free black man trafficked into slavery during the mid-1800s; and “The Fifth Estate,” which looks at the rise of Julian Assange and Wikileaks.

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The Takeaway

Chief Mate Shane Murphy Shares His Take on "Captain Phillips"

Friday, October 11, 2013

This weekend’s big film release celebrates the heroism of Captain Richard Phillips, who commandeered the Maersk Alabama in 2009—until it was invaded by armed Somali pirates. During the attack, Captain Phillips was kidnapped and held hostage. His second in command, Chief Mate Shane Murphy, was forced to take over as Master of the Maersk Alabama. The real Captain Murphy shares his side of the story and his thoughts on the new film, "Captain Phillips."

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The Takeaway

New Movie Releases of The Week: 'Captain Phillips' and 'Machete Kills'

Friday, October 11, 2013

This week, two big releases allow movie lovers to enjoy real and fictional heroes and villains. For reality lovers, there's "Captain Phillips" and for lovers of fiction, there's "Machete Kills." Our Movie Date team—Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer—weighs in with their thoughts. In addition to co-hosting the Movie Date podcast, Rafer is film critic for Newsday and Kristen is culture producer for The Takeaway.

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The Takeaway

How America's Superheroes Conquered the World

Thursday, October 10, 2013

How did Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and so many other famous American superheroes emerge from a niche comic book industry created to escape the woes of the Great Depression? The Takeaway talks with Michael Kantor about his new film, “Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle,” and Phil Jimenez, a comic book artist and writer featured in the series. The film considers the evolution and lasting cultural legacy of some of America's most popular cultural icons.

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The Takeaway

Valerie Plame on the CIA, Current Events, and Her New Crime Novel

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Ten years ago, Valerie Plame’s career as a CIA operative came to an abrupt end when her identity was revealed by Washington Post journalist Robert Novak. She’s just completed her first crime novel, which centers on a female CIA agent. In her new book, Plame doesn't just borrow from her own life, she also draws inspiration from real world events. She joins The Takeaway to discuss her new work.

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The Takeaway

The Best Art is in the Airport

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Airports around the country invest millions of dollars in public art. Some airports have even opened museums and curate roving exhibits. Rebecca Blume Rothman is the Public Art Project Manager with the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, which is in the midst of a multi-million dollar public arts project in the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. Colleen McPoland is the manager of the Aviation Art Program at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

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The Takeaway

Why Sad Songs Make Us Happy

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

"Sad songs say so much,” Elton John once sang. But what do they say, and why do they speak to us? In a recent study published in the journal “Frontiers of Psychology” researchers tried to find out. Jeff Spurgeon, the morning host for WQXR, shares his thoughts on this new study and shares some if his own sad music picks with The Takeaway.

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The Takeaway

Reading Iran: A Literary Look into the Country's Culture

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

What is cultural life really like for Iranians? How is the government reflected in their literature, their films, and their theater? Author and journalist Kamin Mohammadi was born in Iran and lived there until the age of nine, when her family fled after the 1979 Revolution. She explores Iranian culture through a literary lens. 

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The Takeaway

Schwinntonation: Making Music With Bicycle Parts

Friday, September 20, 2013

Charlie Malave and Ezra Lange, members of the Chicago-based band "Schwinntonation," hear in bikes something that many of us miss: music.  Bike Harp, Basscycle, Little Poppy, Cricket, Handlebars, and Seat-Post Flutes are just some of the instruments the band has invented over the years out of re-purposed bicycle parts.

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The Takeaway

Using Theater to Bridge the Muslim Divide

Friday, September 20, 2013

The new play "Noor" takes center stage in the plight to bridge the divide between Muslims and non-Muslims alike. The playwright, Akbar Ahmed, Pakistan’s former ambassador to the United Kingdom and and chair of Islamic Studies at American University, and director Manjula Kumar, a project director at the Smithsonian Institution, hope this stage work will provide a new look into the nuanced Muslim community.

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The Takeaway

Justice Ginsburg Speaks: Part II | U.N. Report Confirms the Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria | Bicycle Shares: Rapidly Changing Public Transportation

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Justice Ginsburg Part II: Gender, the Second Amendment, Immigration & More | Did Egypt’s Military Ever Stop Running Egypt? | Bicycle Shares: Rapidly Changing Public Transportation | Colorado Floods: The Rescue Efforts and the Challenges Ahead | Navy Yard Gunman Kills 12 | New Art Exhibit "Iran Modern" Uncovers Forgotten Chapter of ...

The Takeaway

One Man's Mission to Set Chopin Free

Friday, September 13, 2013

Aaron Dunn is on a music mission. His new Kickstarter campaign is called "Set Chopin Free." If successful, it will allow him to record all of Frederic Chopin’s music with the world’s top musicians, and then release all the music free to the public and to any filmmaker who wants to use it. He joins The Takeaway to discuss his campaign and how it works.

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The Takeaway

New Movie Releases: "Hank: Five Years Later" and "Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve"

Friday, September 13, 2013

Two new documentaries—“Money For Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve” and “Hank: Five Years from the Brink"—look at the financial meltdown five years later. Do they tell the truth? And are they any good? We've got two perspectives. One, from WNYC’s economics editor, Charlie Herman. The other, from Movie Date co-host Kristen Meinzer.

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The Takeaway

Harry Dean Stanton: Singer, Actor, Partly Fiction

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Harry Dean Stanton has appeared in over 200 films, including "Cool Hand Luke," "Alien," and "The Avengers." And yet, he's mostly managed to fly under the radar. A new documentary called "Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction" may change that. The film's director Sophie Huber and Harry Dean Stanton discuss the film.

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The Takeaway

New Movie Releases of The Week: Riddick, Salinger, The Ultimate Life

Friday, September 06, 2013

This week there are three releases on the chopping block. The first is "Riddick," the latest in the multi-part sci-fi action franchise. There’s also the documentary “Salinger,” which promises to divulge some secrets about writer J.D. Salinger. Finally, Michael Landon Jr. follows in his father’s footsteps with an inspirational film called “The Ultimate Life.” Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, weigh in.

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The Takeaway

"Our Nixon" Documentary Gives Inside Look at 37th President

Friday, August 30, 2013

New recordings—all Super 8 home movies—made between 1969 and 1973, and seized by the FBI during the Watergate investigation show a new picture of Nixon. The 37th president's home movies are available now to the public in a new film by Penny Lane called "Our Nixon."

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The Takeaway

Five New J.D. Salinger Manuscripts to Be Published

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

For J.D. Salinger fans, 2015 will be a big year. Authors of a new biography claim Salinger left a time table and specific instructions for publishing five unseen manuscripts, starting in 2015. Amy Hungerford, a professor of English and American studies at Yale University, explains the potential literary significance.

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The Takeaway

New Movie Releases: The Spectacular Now, The World's End, You're Next

Friday, August 23, 2013

This week’s movie offerings visit the present, future and possible end. In the present tense, we have the teen romance “The Spectacular Now.” Looking toward the future there's “You’re Next.” And for those who want to see things through to their conclusion, we have the “The World’s End.” Kristen Meinzer weighs in with her thoughts, as usual. 

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