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The Takeaway

Trying on Glass Shoes, Spinning Lies, and Getting Away with Murder

Friday, March 13, 2015

This week's podcast is filled with liars, working girls, aging gangsters, millionaire murderers and bonus: an adoptee in need of some Movie Therapy. 
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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Patrick Osborne

Friday, February 13, 2015

On February 13 Patrick Osborne was on the show to discuss his animated short film, "Feast." He is a fan of Father John Misty and Ernest Cline. Find out what else he's a fan of!  

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Life Sharing Meals with Man's Best Friend

Friday, February 13, 2015

Patrick Osborne talks about his Oscar-nominated short, “Feast,” the story of one man’s love life as seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, through the meals they share.

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Studio 360

Classic Disney Pencil Animations Come to Life in GIFs

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

GIF turns out to be the perfect format to experience the simple beauty of hand-drawn animation.
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Studio 360

The Greatest Animated Film Never Made

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

"The Thief and the Cobbler," an Aladdin-like film worked on by former Disney animators, took 30 years to make and was never released.
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Studio 360

American Icons: The Disney Parks

Friday, November 28, 2014

Walt Disney didn't just want a theme park — he wanted to create a scale model of a uniquely American utopia. 

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PRI's The World

Can Canadian DJ Deadmau5 beat Disney when it comes to trademarking mouse ears?

Friday, September 05, 2014

DJ Deadmau5 wears a big metal mouse-ear helmet during his shows. Does that sound like any cartoon character you know? But the DJ is turning the tables on Disney over patenting his mouse ear logo.

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Studio 360

Mary Poppins: Still Practically Perfect After 50 Years

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Disney's Mary Poppins turns 50 this week, and she still looks super(califragilisticexpialidocious). The grown-up issues at the heart of this children's classic are as timely as ever.
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Studio 360

Aha Moment: Aladdin, Iago… and Owen

Friday, August 08, 2014

When Owen Suskind was three years old, he was diagnosed with regressive autism. Doctors told his parents, Ron and Cornelia, that he might never speak again. But Ron found a way to connect with his son, using scenes from Disney films.

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Studio 360

Dramatic Readings Of Rejection Letters to Gertrude Stein, Andy Warhol, and Nirvana

Monday, May 12, 2014

The Scene: Concord
From New Hampshire Public Radio's Word of Mouth, hosted by Virginia Prescott

Since so many rejection letters feel utterly impersonal, we thought it would be fun to do dramatic readings of some of history's worst rejection letters — sent to Gertrude Stein, Nirvana, Andy Warhol, and a would-be artist for Disney (whose main shortcoming appears to be that she was female).

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The Takeaway

To Infinity & Beyond with Pixar Chief Ed Catmull

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Ed Catmull, now the president of Pixar and Disney Animation, discusses how both managers and employees can contribute to a more creative, and ultimately productive and profitable workplace.

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Soundcheck

'Frozen' Thawing Disney's Musical Deep Freeze

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Entertainment Weekly reporter Marc Snetiker explains why Frozen -- a hit at the box office and on the Billboard charts -- has been able to do what other recent Disney musicals haven't -- and what's ahead for the Frozen franchise.

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Studio 360

First Listen: Tom Hanks as Walt Disney

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Tom Hanks grew up watching Walt Disney on television — now the actor will play him on-screen in Saving Mr. Banks. To prepare for the role, Hanks poured over archival recordings held by the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco. He gave a sneak preview of his Walt Voice to Kurt ...

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Soundcheck

We’re Not In Kansas Anymore: Music Of The Wizard Of Oz

Friday, November 01, 2013

With Disney’s “Oz the Great and Powerful" in theaters, Soundcheck takes a look at the enduring story and songs.

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Studio 360

American Icons: The Disney Parks

Friday, October 18, 2013

Generations of Americans have grown up with Walt Disney shaping our imaginations. We’ll tour Disneyland with its art director, a second-generation Imagineer, who explains why even the trash cans are magic. In Florida, urban planner Andres Duany shows how a theme park helped reimagine city life; Tom Hanks, the first person to play Walt Disney on screen, and futurist Cory Doctorow explain how Disney made them kids for life.

Bonus Track: Cory Doctorow on the Disney theme parks

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Studio 360

Show Us Your Mickey

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Here in Studio 360, we've had Mickey Mouse on the brain as we finish up an American Icons program about the Disney Parks. It seems like Mickey's iconic ears are everywhere: branded on our clothing, our dishware, even our skin. Where have you spotted Mickey recently? Share your photos ...

Slideshow: Mickey-spotting

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On The Media

Movies To Bring Your iPad To

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Disney's re-releasing The Little Mermaid, with a twist: they're encouraging audiences to bring along their iPads for a second-screen experience. 

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Around Broadway

'The Jungle Book' Comes to the Stage

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood tells us about its subtle staging, how it ranks among Disney musicals and where it's headed next.

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Soundcheck

The Past And Present Of Beach Party Movies

Thursday, July 11, 2013

The so-called "beach party" films of the early 1960's -- which starred actors like Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon -- were a hugely successful genre full of the most popular music acts of the day. But as the Vietnam War and other protest movements escalated in the mid-'60s, the lighthearted films went out with the tide. Now, Disney is attempting to reboot the beach party movie franchise with a  new made-for-TV film that revisits the old genre. 

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Transportation Nation

Toll Lanes Touted as Congestion Fix for Central Florida's I-4

Friday, March 08, 2013

Artist's impression of the I-4 Ultimate project through Orlando (Image courtesy of Florida Department of Transportation)

"We love Orlando, we love Mickey Mouse, we love Walt Disney, Universal, the Church Street Facilities, that great mall -- Millenia Mall, but dadgum that I-4, that's a headache," Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad told journalists in Orlando this week.

"We're going to fix that headache."

The Florida DOT is moving ahead with plans for the I-4 Ultimate project- a $2.1 billion dollar fix for I-4. The state's prescription includes adding toll lanes to a 21-mile stretch of the interstate running through the heart of Orlando. The department aims to begin construction in 2015 and complete it by 202o.

Prasad said four so-called "managed lanes" would be added to the interstate, leaving six lanes toll free. Tolls would be higher during heavy congestion periods and lower when traffic is light.

“We use tolls to only keep a certain number of people in the managed lanes so we can keep them going at 50 miles an hour," he said. "Say if I-4's ‘general purpose’ lanes – the toll-free lanes – are congested and you only charge a quarter, everybody’s going to be on it, and now you got another two lanes of gridlock. So what you do is you use tolls as a way to manage capacity coming in to the express lane.”

Prasad conceded there is a downside to building the extra lanes.

"There's going to be inconvenience- you're talking about $2 billion worth of work in a very constrained corridor- albeit a long corridor- getting done over five years. It's a lot of work."

However, Prasad said a similar $1.3 billion expansion project is successfully underway on South Florida's I-595. He said travel times along that stretch of road-- roughly 10 miles -- have only increased by an average of five minutes because of construction.

The state is putting up about half the $2.1 billion dollar cost of the I-4 Ultimate project and courting private investment to foot the remainder of the bill. Under a public-private partnership agreement with the state, private firms would also maintain and operate the toll lanes for a fixed length of time.

Prasad said the public private partnership allows Florida to take advantage of low interest rates and construction costs.

"What the state gets is delivering a project 20 years in advance," he said.

"If we were to do this project on a regular pay-go mechanism, we would be building it for the next 20 or 25 years and chasing congestion like we always do."

Gregg Logan, a managing director at the real estate advisory firm RCLCO's Orlando office, says the I-4 upgrade will help the local economy.

"You don’t want businesses that are here already and thinking about expanding saying, 'Gee, do I want to stay here and deal with this gridlock'- or companies that might be thinking about coming and bringing jobs. We want them to be looking at [Orlando] as a good place to invest because we have our act together."

And he says Florida has to look for new ways to fund infrastructure - with a combination of local government funding, private investment and user fees- because federal government dollars are limited.

"Like it or not that seems to be a collective decision we’ve made as a society for that’s how we’re going to fund infrastructure," says Logan, who adds he's worried the US is falling behind other countries in transportation infrastructure.

"When you look around the world right now and you look at where big rail projects and transit projects are being done, you find that’s in China Brazil, the Middle East," says Logan.

"We’ve sort of forgotten that part of what has made us great and enabled us to have the growing economy we have is that we made these investments in infrastructure. Now we’ve taken that for granted."

The Florida DOT is promoting I-4's managed toll lanes as one part of a multi-modal transport system that could also include bus rapid transit to complement Central Florida's SunRail commuter train. SunRail is slated to begin service in 2014, while private rail companies are also talking about an Orlando to Miami service and a maglev rail linking Orlando International Airport with the Orange County Convention Center.

Eric Dumbaugh, the director of Florida Atlantic University's School of Urban and Regional Planning, supports the addition of managed lanes to I-4. The challenge for Florida, he says, is to develop viable alternatives to driving.

"Our transit system is inadequate in all of our metropolitan areas: it doesn’t take us where we need to go, our development doesn’t link up to it as well as it should, so we’re trapped in our cars."

But Dumbaugh says he's optimistic about Florida's ability to develop a truly comprehensive transportation system, because a new generation is now demanding alternatives to the car.

"You survey millennials- they don’t want to drive," says Dumbaugh, who highlights the efforts of a group of Florida Atlantic University students to set up a transit themed installation in Miami this weekend.

 

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