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Actor Explains How He Portrayed Bin Laden in 'Zero Dark Thirty'

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Osama bin Laden first appeared on the FBI Most Wanted list in 1999. Following the September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001, every American knew his name, and he represented America's ultimate villain, and our number one target. In "Zero Dark Thirty," actor Ricky Sekhon had the challenge of playing Osama bin Laden.

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An Israeli Musician Reflects on His Country’s Politics Through Song

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Today is election day in Israel, the end of a contentious campaign season on fraught political territory. Israeli singer-songwriter Idan Raichel explores his country's politics through his music, and explains how he hopes to reach Israel's neighbors through song. 

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Movie Date Award Season Dispatch: Arnold!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Welcome to the third Movie Date Award Season Dispatch - in which Rafer and Kristen do not talk about award season at all, and instead focus on the strange intersections of politics and performance. Each dispatch is taken from a live interview, led by WNYC's Amy Eddings, and broadcast during All Things Considered on WNYC.

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Movie Date: 'Mama,' 'Broken City,' 'The Last Stand'

Friday, January 18, 2013

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer responds to one of Kristen's harshest critics - with a giant spoonful of sugar. Rafer and Kristen also give their thoughts on this week's big releases: "Mama," starring Jessica Chastain; "Broken City," starring Russell Crowe, Mark Wahlberg, and Catherine Zeta Jones, and "The Last Stand," starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Advanced warning: if you can't stand sincere soft rock, you might want to fast-forward through this week's trivia question.    

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New Movie Releases: 'Mama,' 'Broken City,' 'The Last Stand'

Friday, January 18, 2013

The Takeaway's Movie Date team, Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, weigh in on the week's new releases, which include the former governator, that guy from "Jackass," and Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain.

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Inaugural Poetry and The Takeaway's #PrezPoem Challenge

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Robert Frost marked the beginning a new tradition when he read "The Gift Outright" at President John F. Kennedy's 1961 Inaugural. In both of his inauguration ceremonies, President Barack Obama has chosen to put poetry front and center. Renowned poet Kwame Dawes discusses the very American tradition of inaugural poetry.

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Movie Date Award Season Dispatch: Golden Globes Recap

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Welcome to the second of several Movie Date Award Season Dispatches. Each dispatch is taken from a live interview, led by WNYC's Amy Eddings, and broadcast during All Things Considered on WNYC. In this dispatch, Rafer and Kristen share their thoughts on the Golden Globes - from the hosting to the winners to that speech by Lifetime Achievement winner Jodie Foster.

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Help Us Write a People's Poem for the Inauguration!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

At The Takeaway, we think poetry was built for the digital age — and this inauguration could use a People’s Poem. So we invited noted poet Kwame Dawes to start us off with a first line — and we want you to be our co-authors! It’s a grand experiment — and here’s how you can make your voice heard.

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Movie Date Award Season Dispatch: The Oscar Nominees!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Welcome to the first of several Movie Date Award Season Dispatches. Each dispatch is taken from a live interview, led by WNYC's Amy Eddings, and broadcast during All Things Considered on WNYC. In this dispatch, Rafer and Kristen share their thoughts on the Oscar nominees - and whether they truly represent the best pictures of the year. 

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Movie Date: 'Gangster Squad,' Oscar Nods, Razzie Nods, and Golden Globes

Friday, January 11, 2013

In this week's podcast, Rafer and Kristen talk about whether Gangster Squad is a horrible date, or merely a tolerable one. They also share their excitement about the Oscar nominations, the Razzie nominations, and this weekend's Golden Globe Awards. Welcome to red carpet season!

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Oscars! Globes! Razzies! Welcome to Red Carpet Season

Friday, January 11, 2013

This weekend, Queens of Comedy Tina Fey and Amy Poehler host the Golden Globes, just a few days after Emma Stone and 2013 Oscar host Seth McFarlane presented the Oscar nominations. Add to that the Razzie nominations for the worst movies of 2012, and you have a well-rounded kick-off to red carpet season. The Takeaway’s Movie Date team, Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer have all the details on the nominees, the snubs, and the upcoming shows.

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Movie Date: 'On the Road,' 'The Impossible,' 'Promised Land'

Friday, January 04, 2013

Rafer and Kristen answer just a few of the many letters they've received in recent weeks from Movie Date listeners, including questions about "The Hobbit," "Les Miserables," and "Django: Unchained." Plus, Kristen and Rafer talk about "On the Road," "The Impossible," and "Promised Land."

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New Movie Releases: 'On the Road,' 'The Impossible,' 'Promised Land'

Friday, January 04, 2013

It's the first Friday of 2013 and one of the most highly anticipated releases is the new adaptation of the Jack Kerouac's "On the Road." Also garnering a lot of buzz (and Golden Globe nominations): "The Impossible," a film about a family trapped in the Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004.

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New Reality Show About a Rapper and His 'Extended Family' Stirs Controversy

Thursday, January 03, 2013

A new show on Oxygen called "All My Babies' Mamas" has led to public outrage, debate, and even a petition at Change.org, demanding that the producers pull the show. The main assertion from critics: that it negatively depicts black men. Jamilah King, culture editor at Colorlines.com, explains.

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Putting the Ugliest Parts of Ourselves on Display

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

As we enter the new year, many of us are looking ahead to the future, but as writing instructor Susan Shapiro sees it, it might be more constructive for us to look back at the past-- and particularly at our biggest mistakes and humiliations.

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The Fiscal Cliff, in Song

Monday, December 31, 2012

Starbucks recently rolled out a new marketing campaign in which they're urging Washington to "Come Together" a la the Beatles on the fiscal cliff business and everything else that divides our government.  And we want to know: what song would you come up with to bring Washington together?

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New Movie Releases: 'Les Miserables' and 'Django Unchained'

Friday, December 28, 2012

Friday is the day when we talk about new movie releases here on the Takeaway. Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday weighs in on "Les Miserables" and "Django Unchained."


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Today's Takeaway | December 28, 2012

Friday, December 28, 2012

Remembering General Norman Schwarzkopf | Linking Violence and Biology Through DNA | Ten: The Magic Number of Budget Planning Cycles | New Movie Releases: Django Unchained, Les Miserables | Julia Louis-Dreyfus in 'VEEP' | Vice President Biden Revisits Past in New Policies 

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Year in Review: Julia Louis-Dreyfus Satirizes Washington as Emmy-Winning 'VEEP'

Friday, December 28, 2012

In the 15 years since Seinfeld signed off, actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus has found a niche of comedic gold in Elaine-style roles, portraying intelligent American women who want – or want to maintain – some measure of power, and control over their own lives. The role of Vice President Selena Meyer in the HBO comedy “VEEP” epitomizes the Louis-Dreyfus niche. Louis-Dreyfus discusses her Emmy-winning year, and looks ahead for Selena Meyer in 2013.

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Movie Date: 'Les Miserables' and 'Django Unchained'

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

It's Christmas 2012, one of the most highly anticipated movie release days of the year, and Rafer and Kristen are prepared to throw down over two of the big ones: "Les Miserables" and "Django Unchained."

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