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The Takeaway

A Game That Started with Segregation, Now Played with Pride

Monday, May 04, 2015

The game of 9-man looks like volleyball and is played in parking lots. It developed during a time of anti-Chinese sentiment, and is still dominated by Chinese-Americans today.

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The Takeaway

Director of New Kurt Cobain Doc Weighs In on Artist's Unseen Life

Friday, May 01, 2015

"Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck" is the first fully authorized documentary on the life of Kurt Cobain. It's largely made up of never-before-seen footage. The director weighs in here.

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WNYC News

Albert Maysles' Portrait of a Style Legend in 'Iris'

Friday, May 01, 2015

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A joyful portrait from the great Albert Maysles of 93-year-old Iris Apfel, the flamboyant, quick-witted style icon who has had an outsized presence on the fashion scene for decades.

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The Takeaway

Movie Date: Films to See and Avoid This Weekend

Friday, April 24, 2015

The Takeaway's Movie Date Podcast team reviews the new releases hitting the box office this weekend. 

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Schoolbook

Radio Rookies Remembers One of Their Own: Keith Tingman

Friday, April 24, 2015

The radio story Keith Tingman reported when he was just 15 has helped young people with parents in jail. That is part of Keith's legacy, in a life that ended too soon.
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The Takeaway

The Weekender: Dr. Jane Goodall on Her Lifelong Work and New Film

Saturday, April 18, 2015

In this special extended interview, famed primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall discusses her research and conservation efforts, and her new documentary.

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Soundcheck

Who’s Behind The Mask? Six Musicians Who Weren’t Who They Were Rumored To Be

Friday, April 17, 2015

Orion: The Man Who Would Be King tells the story Orion, a singer who sounded a lot like Elvis, and wore a mask. John Schaefer rounds up other musicians with mysterious identities.
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The Takeaway

Movie Date: Films to See and Avoid This Weekend

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Takeaway's Movie Date Podcast team reviews the new releases hitting the box office this weekend. 

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The Takeaway

Dr. Jane Goodall on Her Lifelong Work and New Film

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Famed primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall discusses her research and conservation efforts, and the new Disneynature film, "Monkey Kingdom."

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WNYC News

City to Acknowledge It Operated a Slave Market for More Than 50 Years

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

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Wall Street's new historical marker will explain that in the 1700s, New York had an official location for buying, selling and renting human beings.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Inside Yemen's War Zone

Monday, April 06, 2015

Yemen is being torn apart in a violent sectarian conflict. Frontline journalist Safa Al Ahmad discusses a new report on the country.

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The Takeaway

The Backstage Story of The Who

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Back in the 60s, two aspiring filmmakers wanted to make a documentary about rock n' roll. Instead, they wound up developing and managing The Who. Now their footage is finally being used.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Preserving Documentaries at IFC

Monday, March 30, 2015

Academy Award-winning director DA Pennebaker and DOC NYC artistic director Thom Powers explain why many classic documentary films are in danger.

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Soundcheck

Filmmaker Alex Gibney: 'Sinatra Grew Up With America'

Monday, March 30, 2015

The award-winning filmmaker turns his lens on the towering icon of the American songbook in a new HBO documentary.

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WNYC News

Eight Months and $100,000 Later, the Reality of Cancer Treatment Hits Hard

Friday, March 27, 2015

There’s one side effect of cancer treatment that's financial, not physical.

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Studio 360

Sideshow Podcast: Al Madrigal on Being 'Half'

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Daily Show's "Senior Latino Correspondent" explores his ambivalence with his ethnic identity, discovering that he can't pronounce his own name — and that he doesn't really care.
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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Family Secret in the Mirror

Monday, March 23, 2015

Filmmaker Lacey Schwartz tells the story of her discovery of a huge family secret in her documentary "Little White Lie."

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On The Media

Is True Crime Jinxed?

Friday, March 20, 2015

Following the sensational conclusion of HBO's true crime series, "The Jinx," Bob discusses the fine line between interpretation and manipulation in documentary film.

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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

Scientology's True Believers

Friday, March 13, 2015

A new documentary profiles eight former members of the Church of Scientology, shining a light on how the organization cultivates staunch adherents. 

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