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The Brian Lehrer Show

Oscar Docs: Virunga

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Our series with the filmmakers behind this year's Oscar-nominated documentaries begins with a look at "Virunga," about Virunga National Park in the Congo. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Akai Gurley Indictment Reported; Building Bribes; Creative Process

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Reports say the Brooklyn DA is taking the Akai Gurley shooting case to trial. Plus: this year's Oscar-nominated documentaries series; inside the buildings scandal; and more.

The Brian Lehrer Show

DOC NYC Does New York

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

DOC NYC, the largest documentary festival in America, premieres tomorrow. DOC NYC's Thom Powers and directors Ben Niles and Chris Moukarbel discuss the showcase of films this year.

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Soundcheck

Bob Mould Plays Live; '20,000 Days' In The Life Of Nick Cave; That Was A Hit?!? Enigma Edition

Friday, September 12, 2014

The former Husker Du and Sugar frontman Bob Mould plays live in the Soundcheck studio; a new documentary about the enigmatic Nick Cave; the unexpected success of Enigma's "Sadeness."

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The Takeaway

What Happens After 'I Do'?

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A wedding videographer filmed 112 picture-perfect ceremonies. But after cake is cut and the flowers are tossed, real life begins. His new documentary explores life after the big day.

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Soundcheck

A New Documentary Honors The Life And Music Of B.B. King

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Director John Brewer talks about his new documentary that examines the life and legacy of B.B. King. 

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The Takeaway

Ice Warriors Chronicles U.S. Sled Hockey Team's Journey To Sochi

Monday, February 24, 2014

After losing the 2013 World Championship to the their most vicious competitor—Canada—nothing could be sweeter to the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team than revenge. The team will have their chance to face-off against their Canadian rivals and reclaim their Paralympic gold medal when they head to the Paralympic Games in Sochi in March.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Behind the Oscar Docs: Meet This Year's Academy Award Nominated Filmmakers

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Brian Lehrer Show interviews all five of the filmmakers behind this year's Oscar-nominated documentaries.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Behind the Oscar Docs: 20 Feet from Stardom

Thursday, February 13, 2014

This week we kicked off our annual series on Oscar nominated documentaries. We'll speak with the filmmakers behind all five films over the coming days: Cutie and the Boxer (Tuesday); The Square (Wednesday); 20 Feet from Stardom (Thursday); The Act of Killing (Friday); Dirty Wars (Monday)

Morgan Neville, director of the Oscar nominated feature documentary "20 Feet from Stardom," talks about his film bringing a bit of the spotlight to the back-up singers on so many classic tunes.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Port Authority’s David Samson; What is America All About?; 20 Feet from Stardom

Thursday, February 13, 2014

In the wake of Governor Christie’s George Washington Bridge scandal, Port Authority Chairman David Samson has been accused of colluding with the Governor and compromising commuter safety. We discuss the latest on Samson. Then: in his New York Times op-ed Bob Garfield from On the Media asks: “What is America all about?” Plus: our Oscar-nominated series continues with a look at the documentary “20 Feet from Stardom.”

The Brian Lehrer Show

ACA delays; ACS Commissioner Gladys Carrión; The Square

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Another part of the Affordable Care Act has been delayed by a year; hear the latest news from the capital on ACA delays, the debt limit bill, and more. Then, newly-appointed Administration for Children’s Services commissioner Gladys Carrión discusses joining the de Blasio administration. Plus: our Oscar-nominated documentary series continues with Egyptian director Jehane Noujaim of “The Square.”

Transportation Nation

WATCH: Werner Herzog Takes on Texting While Driving

Friday, August 09, 2013

The latest subject for Werner Herzog -- the filmmaker behind such grueling works as Fitzcarraldo and Grizzly Man -- is the danger posed by texting while driving.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

How to be Brave

Friday, July 19, 2013

Polly Morland, documentary filmmaker and the author of The Society of Timid Souls: or, How To Be Brave (Crown, 2013), talks about her exploration of bravery and how people find it.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Lucy Walker

Friday, July 12, 2013

Director Lucy Walker was on the Lopate Show recently to talk about her new documentary “The Crash Reel.” She told us a few of the things she likes to watch, read, and eat.

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The Takeaway

HIV: The Silent Epidemic in the South

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

The American South holds 37 percent of the U.S. population, but over half of all new HIV diagnoses occur there. A new documentary called "deepsouth" sheds light on the people living in the most quiet corners of the region. The film's director, Lisa Biagiotti, joins The Takeaway to discuss her film and why the South is the leading geographic region for HIV/AIDS.

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State of the Re:Union

State of the Re:Union: Summer in Sanctuary

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Broadcast times: Saturday at 6am on 93.9FM, 2pm on AM820. Sunday at 7am and 8pm on AM820.

Every day in America, more than 7,000 students drop out of school. In a State of the Re:Union first, this episode combines radio drama and documentary to explore America’s dropout epidemic through the intimate story of one man’s attempt to make a difference in the lives of a group of high-risk kids. Based on the celebrated off-broadway show by SOTRU host Al Letson, this episode chronicles Letson’s journey teaching at a summer camp at the Sanctuary on 8th Street, a community center in an economically challenged neighborhood of Jacksonville, Florida.

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Gabfest Radio

Gabfest Radio: The Don’t Call Them Hipster Dads Edition

Saturday, February 23, 2013

On this week’s episode, Gabfest panelists talk about "Life is But a Dream," the documentary about Beyoncé that is written, directed by, and starring … Beyoncé. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Oscar Bonus: Interviews with Documentary Directors

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Each year, The Brian Lehrer Show interviews the filmmakers behind the Oscar-nominated documentary features. Here we've compiled all five interviews into one podcast.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Oscar Nominated Documentaries: "How to Survive a Plague"

Thursday, February 14, 2013

The annual series on the best documentary Oscar nominees continues with David France, director of "How To Survive A Plague".

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Ina May Gaskin and Midwifery

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Ina May Gaskin, author of the book Spiritual Midwifery and subject of the new documentary "Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and the Farm Midwives", and Mary Wigmore, who co-directed the film with Sara Lamm, discuss the midwifery movement.

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