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Celebrity Stories of Gift Giving

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Recent guests, including actors Ed Burns and Brian Cox and singers Olivia Newton John and Darryl McDaniels, tell us about the gifts that have meant the most to them.

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Today's Takeaway | December 25, 2012

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

A Christmas Miracle: Donations from Strangers who Saved a Child | Deconstructing the Christmas Gift | Listeners' Most Meaningful Gifts | Celebrity Stories of Gift Giving | George Takei: Christmas at a Japanese Internment Camp | Remembering Newtown on Christmas

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Remixing the Holidays with Run-D.M.C.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Back in 1987, Run D.M.C. did something unusual for hip hop artists — they released a Christmas single titled, "Christmas in Hollis," sampling holiday classics like "Joy to the World," "Frosty the Snowman," and "Back Door Santa." It went on to become a classic itself. Darryl "D.M.C" McDaniels is a founding member of the group.

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Movie Date: 'Zero Dark 30,' 'The Guilt Trip,' 'This is 40,' 'Jack Reacher'

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

It's the week before Christmas, when a lot of movies hit the big screen. Of course, some of them are better than others, and Rafer and Kristen each have their favorites. On the chopping block: the new Kathryn Bigelow film about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, "Zero Dark 30"; the mother-son road trip comedy starring Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogan "The Guilt Trip"; Judd Apatow's follow up to "Knocked Up," "This is 40"; and the movie that turns Werner Herzog into an action star "Jack Reacher."  

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Movie Date: 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'

Friday, December 14, 2012

In this week's podcast, Rafer and Kristen review the highly anticipated "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." Along they way, they do their best Gollum imitations, contemplate the greatness of Benny Hill's humor, and recognize the similarities between "The Hobbit" and "The Smurfs." 

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New Film Tells True Story of Gay Couple Trying to Adopt in 1979

Friday, December 14, 2012

Based on a true story "Any Day Now" follows a gay couple that takes in a neglected child, and fights to remain the child’s legal guardians. Opening on December 14, the film has already attracted accolades and awards, including the Audience Award at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. Alan Cumming stars as Rudy, a man who longs to be legally recognized as a father of a disabled child.

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Remixing the Holidays with Olivia Newton-John

Friday, December 14, 2012

It’s the week before Christmas and, as usual, The Takeaway is celebrating with our annual “Remixing the Holidays” series. Throughout the month, we’re talking with musicians, actors, experts listeners about the best and worst songs of the season. Today’s guest is Grammy award-winning singer and actor Olivia Newton-John.

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New Movie Releases: 'The Hobbit'

Friday, December 14, 2012

Friday is the day when we talk about new movie releases here on the Takeaway. And there’s one big one that’s dominating the headlines: the long-awaited Peter Jackson film, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” Our Movie Date team, Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, weigh in, as usual. In addition to hosting the podcast, Rafer is film critic for Newsday and Kristen is the culture producer for the Takeaway.

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Playing Ebenezer Scrooge in a Modern Age of Income Inequality

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Actor Brian Cox says today's conversations surrounding debt and fiscal policy help him get into character for his portrayal of the Dickensian Scrooge. Cox will be playing Ebenezer Scrooge in a radio drama of the Christmas Carol tonight.

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The End of Irony?

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The definitive explainer on the hipster has eluded our culture. We have taken on this task, as many others have in the realm of cultural studies. Christy Wompole, a professor at Princeton University, took this task on recently with our partner The New York Times. Her piece attracted hundreds of comments.

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Remixing the Holidays with George Takei

Monday, December 10, 2012

George Takai is kicking off our annual series "Remixing the Holidays." We learned that in the Buddhist household of his youth, Christmas songs were a perfect holiday accompaniment to sunny Southern california.

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Movie Date: 'Playing for Keeps' and 'The Fitzgerald Family Christmas'

Friday, December 07, 2012

This week, Rafer admits to being a player, Kristen admits to wanting more handcuffs in the movies, and they both mull over why every person from Europe or the past in Hollywood films speaks with a British accent. Along the way, they also give their thoughts on "Playing for Keeps" (starring Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, Catherine Zeta Jones, and Uma Thurman) and "The Fitzgerald Family Christmas" (starring and directed by Edward Burns).

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New Movie Releases: 'Playing for Keeps,' 'Hyde Park on Hudson,' 'The Fitzgerald Family Christmas'

Friday, December 07, 2012

Every Friday The Takeaway's Movie Date team, Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, share their thoughts on the major film releases of the week. This week’s releases include "Playing for Keeps," "Hyde Park on Hudson," and "The Fitzgerald Family Christmas."

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Scandals, State Dinners and the Real Story Behind 'Hyde Park on Hudson'

Thursday, December 06, 2012

In 1939, just weeks before England was pulled into World War II, a historic meeting took place between King George VI of England and the president of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. It was the first time that a sitting British royal had ever visited the U.S. and the king, fearing the impending threat of Germany, was eager to gain the president’s support. The story of this meeting is depicted in the new movie “Hyde Park on Hudson.”

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What Are the New Deadly Sins?

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony. Why has Pope Gregory I's 650 AD list of deadly sins endured all these years later? Alex Clark, co-editor of “The Seven Deadly Sins: A Celebration of Virtue and Vice,” explains the social role sins have, and why it might be time for a modern update to an age-old list.

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Ira Glass on His New Project, 'The Visible and the Invisible'

Monday, December 03, 2012

Ira Glass has perhaps one of the most recognizable voices in America. But, like most of us in radio, he is rarely visible to his audience. He decided to come out from behind the curtain for a special program, “The Invisible Made Visible,” which was on stage in front of a live audience, and broadcast live to movie theaters across the country.

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Movie Date: 'Hitchcock'

Friday, November 30, 2012

Alfred Hitchcock was an imperfect man, and the new movie "Hitchcock" puts many of those imperfections on display. From his fixations on young blondes to his work obsessions to his heavy reliance (both professionally and personally) on his wife, Alma.

But is the movie telling the whole story? Is it embellishing?

Kristen and Rafer wanted to find out, and so they decided to turn to an expert.

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New Movie Releases: 'Killing Them Softly,' 'Anna Karenina'

Friday, November 30, 2012

The weekend is here, with two major movie releases this week. The Takeaway's Movie Date team, Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, share their thoughts on "Killing Them Softly," starring Brad Pitt, and "Anna Karenina," starring Keira Knightly.

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From the Heart: Five Novelists on Writing About Love

Friday, November 30, 2012

At the Miami Book Fair International, five novelists sat down to talk about love: why it’s so appealing to read about, so hard to write about, and why we can’t get enough of it. It's the final part of our Love and Death series.

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Today's Takeaway | November 30, 2012

Friday, November 30, 2012

The Jellyfish that Could Hold the Secret to Immortality | 'Triumphs of Experience': Studying the Happy Life | New Movie Releases: 'Killing Them Softly,' 'Anna Karenina' | From the Heart: Five Novelists Discuss Writing About Love | Will the Supreme Court Consider the Case Against DOMA? | Creating a Mold-Free Bread