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The Leonard Lopate Show

Firestone in Liberia, Khruschev in America

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

How the tire company Firestone funded Liberian warlord Charles Taylor. Jazz singer Sheila Jordan. Nikita Khruschev in America. How trial courts work and why they're important.

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Khrushchev Eats a Hot Dog and Why History Is Sometimes Comedy

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Director Robert Stone and historian William Taubman talk about the documentary “Cold War Roadshow,”about Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev's 1959 visit to America.

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American RadioWorks

The First Family of Radio

Friday, November 14, 2014

Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt were the "first couple" of American radio. In this episode of American RadioWorks: how the Roosevelts revolutionized political communication in America.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Sex and Radio

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Comparing WFMU to commercial radio is like comparing Nat Geo to People magazine. WFMU is weird. It's provocative. And the new film "Sex and Broadcasting" covers the fight to save it.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Banding Together to Save Small Farms

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Co-directors Lisa F. Jackson and Sarah Teale discuss their documentary “Grazers,” about t farmers in upstate New York who create a beef cooperative to hold on to their failing farms

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The Leonard Lopate Show

How the Soviets Changed Hockey

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Gabe Polsky discusses his documentary "Red Army," along with New York Rangers legend Rod Gilbert and Doug Brown of the New Jersey Devils and Detroit Red Wings.

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America Abroad

America Abroad - Global Girls' Education: Breaking Down Barriers

Thursday, November 13, 2014

It used to be that educating a girl was prevented by social customs or economic pressures in many parts of the world. In this episode of America Abroad: hear how the tides are changing.

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Specials

Beyond The Frontlines: A StoryCorps Military Voices Special

Thursday, November 06, 2014

This Veteran's Day, we're thanking our men and women in uniform for their service by listening to their stories. 

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WNYC News

Six Months After 9/11: The Weight of the Grief Hung in the Air

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Six months after September 11,  the city continued to reel from the shock of the attacks. We began to ask the questions that would help us put the city together again. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Young Filmmakers Make Movies About Their Struggles

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Documentary filmmaker Jon Alpert and two young filmmakers talk about the documentary series "Our Cameras, Our Stories."

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Specials

Breaking Ground: Military Children

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Over 4 million children have parents who have served, or are currently serving, in the U.S. military. In this special: how our nation's youngest are affected by deployment and war.

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The Takeaway

What Breaks an Addiction to War

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Filmmaker Sebastian Junger says the addictive nature of covering battle makes the transition to civilian life so difficult, but seeing a colleague die makes it too hard to keep going.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: An Addiction to War, The United States of Texas, and Hilariously Awful Election Ads

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

The Takeaway explores the new film by Sebastian Junger, the ways Texas is transforming America, and we made some pretty funny fake election ads.

The Leonard Lopate Show

'Bitter Honey': a Portrait of Polygamous Marriage

Monday, November 03, 2014

Robert Lemelson's documentary “Bitter Honey” is an intimate look at three polygamous families in Bali, Indonesia, where women have little voice in the conditions of their domestic lives.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Matthew VanDyke Went From Behind the Camera To the Front Lines in Libya

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Point and Shoot” chronicles VanDyke’s journey, on motorcycle, across the Middle East, joining Libyan rebels, and being captured and sent to a Libyan prison.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Revising the Rules: Insurgency, Criminal Justice, Revolution

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Former Lt. Col. John Nagl on writing the army's counter-insurgency manual. The founder of the Equal Justice Initiative. Eimear McBride's A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing. “Point and Shoot.”

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Where ISIS Came from and How It Became So Brutally Powerful

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Frontline producer and journalist Martin Smith talks about "The Rise of ISIS," in-depth investigation of the brutal terrorist group’s ascent.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

'Mr. Dynamite' Debuts Tonight

Monday, October 27, 2014

When Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney got a call from Mick Jagger asking if he'd like to make a film about James Brown, he couldn't say no. "Mr. Dynamite" airs tonight on HBO.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Day Edward Snowden First Called Laura Poitras

Friday, October 24, 2014

The documentary filmmaker recounts what happened when she received messages from someone calling himself "citizen four." He turned out to be whistleblower Edward Snowden.

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Soundcheck

James Brown's Rise Revealed In The Explosive 'Mr. Dynamite'

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Filmmaker Alex Gibney captures James Brown's career as a rising funk star rooted in the jazz and big band era in his new documentary, Mr. Dynamite.

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