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Garbo the Spy

Friday, November 18, 2011

Spanish filmmaker Edmon Roch talks about his new film, “Garbo the Spy.” It’s about Juan Pujol Garcia, clever enough to fool both the Nazis and the Allies as the ultimate double agent. He was code named GARBO because he was considered a master thespian by the Allies. He was responsible for the successful outcome of D Day, and he wrote endless journals that have helped explain the movement of the war.

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'How to Die in Oregon': New Documentary Explores Assisted Suicide

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The documentary "How to Die in Oregon" premieres tonight on HBO. The film follows a woman named Cody Curtis as she suffers from liver cancer and, ultimately, makes the decision to end her life. It’s a difficult subject. Yet critics have described this documentary as “uplifting” and even “life-affirming.” Peter Richardson is the director of "How to Die in Oregon." He and Stan Curtis, the husband of the woman portrayed in the film, talk about the process of making the film and why the story needed to be told.

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How to Know if You're a Psychopath

Monday, May 16, 2011

Journalist Jon Ronson has made his living writing about real people whose lives read like science fiction. "The Men Who Stare at Goats" is probably his best known work. Centering on the U.S. military’s efforts to develop paranormal warfare techniques, it was made into a Hollywood movie starring George Clooney and Jeff Bridges. Ronson’s newest work explores something just as strange and fascinating. It’s called “The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry.”

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Life and Career of Ethel Waters

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Donald Bogle discusses singer and actress Ethel Waters, and sheds a new light on her tumultuous seven-decade career, which began in Black vaudeville and reached its pinnacle in the nightclubs of 1920s Harlem. Heat Wave: The Life and Career of Ethel Waters traces her rise in show business, singing the hit songs "Am I Blue?," "Stormy Weather," and "Heat Wave"; her success as an actress, her feuds with famous women, and her tangled relationships with famous men.

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