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The Leonard Lopate Show

“Outlawed in Pakistan”

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Filmmakers Habiba Nosheen and Hilke Schellmann discuss their Frontline documentary “Outlawed in Pakistan,” about a 13-year-old Pakistani girl who accused four men of gang rape, risking her reputation, her education, and even her life. In Pakistan, women and girls who allege rape are often more strongly condemned than their alleged rapists. The film shines a light on Pakistan's flawed justice system—and find that those rare rape cases that do make it to court are often fraught with complications, from police non-cooperation to a systemic lack of forensic evidence. “Outlawed in Pakistan” airs Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at 10 p.m. on PBS.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Story of Wikileaks

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney talks about his new film “We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks.” He details the creation of Julian Assange’s controversial website Wikileaks, which facilitated the largest security breach in U.S. history. “We Steal Secrets: the story of Wikileaks” opens May 24 at Elinor Bunin Monroe Film Center at Lincoln Center and the Angelika Film Center.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Apologies, Restaurant Reviews, the Documentary "Bidder 70"

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Dave Bry talks about how apologizing to everyone from his date to a junior high school dance to his cancer-stricken father has helped him come to terms with his past. Then, Raymond Sokolov on watching the food world change since 1971, when he was named food editor at the New York Times. And the directors of the documentary “Bidder 70” tell the story of Tim DeChristopher, who was sent to prison after he successfully bid against energy and mining companies to buy 22,000 acres of land in Utah with no intention of drilling on it. 

The Leonard Lopate Show

"Kon-Tiki"

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Olav Heyerdahl and Petter Skavlan discuss the film “Kon-Tiki,” based on the 1951 Academy Award-winning documentary of the same name. It tells the story of Thor Heyerdahl, a Norwegian explorer who crossed the Pacific Ocean in a balsa wood raft in 1947, with five men, to prove that South Americans could have crossed the sea and settled on Polynesian islands in pre-Columbian times. They embarked on this 101 day-long journey across 4,300 miles, while reporting back via morse code, and the whole world was following. Olav Heyerdahl is Thor Heyerdahl’s grandson and Petter Skavlan is the screenwriter who wrote the script with Thor Heyerdahl. “Kon-Tiki” opens April 26 at the Paris Theatre and the Landmark Sunshine Cinema.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Ricky Jay, author, acclaimed actor and magician, talks about his career in magic. He’s the subject of the documentary “Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay,” which traces the story of his achievement, from his early apprenticeship, beginning at age 4, with his grandfather Max Katz, as well as with Al Flosso, Slydini, Cardini, Francis Carlyle, and Roy Benson, all of whom were among the best magicians of the 20th century. “Deceptive Practice” is playing at Film Forum April 17-30.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Frontline's “Syria Behind the Lines”

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Olly Lambert, writer/director/producer, discusses his Frontline documentary “Syria Behind the Lines.” Lambert is the first Western filmmaker to spend an extended period living on both sides of Syria's war—and to document, on camera, the realities of everyday life for rebels, government soldiers and the civilians who support them. “Syria Behind the Lines” airs Tuesday, April 9, at 10 p.m. on PBS.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Speaker Quinn; “How to Survive a Plague”; <3 Advice Roulette

Thursday, February 14, 2013

New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn talks about her message for the middle class in her State of the City address and her proposals for making city living more affordable for them. Plus: author and Detroit native Charlie LeDuff on his hometown; the Oscar documentary nominee series continues with “How to Survive a Plague”; the February series on fashion; and a Valentine’s Day edition of advice roulette, where listeners give and get love advice.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Oscar Nominated Documentaries: "The Gatekeepers"

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The annual series on the best documentary Oscar nominees continues with a conversation with Dror Moreh, director of "The Gatekeepers." 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Ed Koch's Legacy

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Neil Barsky, filmmaker, talks with Brian Lehrer about his new documentary on former NYC Mayor Ed Koch.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Citizen Journalists in China

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Steve Maing discusses his documentary about citizen reporters in China, “High Tech, Low Life.” It follows the journey of two of China’s first citizen reporters as they travel the country covering underreported news and social issue stories. Armed with laptops, cell phones and digital cameras, they become independent one-man news stations while learning to navigate China’s new social media landscape and censorship regulations. “High Tech, Low Life” is playing at the IFC Center through January 15.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Brooklyn Castle

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Alexis Paredes, I.S. 318 graduate and top-rated high school chess player, and John Galvin, the Assistant Principal at I.S. 318 and chess coordinator there, talk about the documentary “Brooklyn Castle,” which they’re both featured in. The film tells the stories of five members of the chess team at a low-income inner city junior high school that has won more national championships than any other in the country. “Brooklyn Castle” is playing at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center and Sunshine Landmark Cinemas.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

“Death and the Civil War”

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Ric Burns discusses his documentary “Death and the Civil War,” based on the book by Drew Faust, talks about how the nation was transformed by the death toll of the Civil War, an estimated 750,000 people were killed—nearly two and a half percent of the population—from 1861 to 1865. “Death and the Civil War,” will premiere on American Experience on Tuesday, September 18, at 8:00 pm on PBS, in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam, which is to this day, the single bloodiest day in American history.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

“How to Survive a Plague”

Monday, September 17, 2012

David France, director of the documentary “How to Survive a Plague,” and Peter Staley, who is featured in the film, tell the story of a group of young AIDS activists who taught themselves science and policy to try to save their own lives, and ended up saving 6 million others. “How to Survive a Plague” opens September 21 at IFC Center.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

"True Wolf"

Monday, August 20, 2012

Rob Whitehair, director the documentary “True Wolf,” is joined by Bruce Weide and Pat Tucker, who adopted an abandoned wolf pup. The film is an account of how the couple and their dog came to live with a wolf, facing dangers, sharing adventures, and forming unbreakable bonds. “True Wolf” opens at Cinema Village August 17.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

“Silenced Voices”

Monday, June 25, 2012

Beate Arnestad, director of “Silenced Voices,” and Sonali Samarasinghe, one of the film’s subjects, discuss the film, which tells the story of Sri Lankan journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge, who was gunned down by eight men in broad daylight in Colombo. His wife, Sonali Samarasinghe, was forced to leave the country by the government. Sri Lanka is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists. According to official sources, nearly 25 journalists have been killed there since 1992, at least 10 of whom were targeted by suspected government or opposition Tamil Tiger forces. “Silenced Voices,” will be shown as part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival at Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater.

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The Takeaway

The Invisible War: Fighting the Rape Crisis in the U.S. Military

Friday, June 22, 2012

Less than 14 percent of sexual assaults in the U.S. military are reported, and less than one tenth of one percent result in criminal convictions. A new documentary, "The Invisible War," focuses on our military's rape epidemic and what must be done to stop it.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

“Welcome to Pine Hill”

Friday, June 22, 2012

Director Keith Miller talks about “Welcome to Pine Hill.” Straddling the worlds of fact and fiction, documentary and narrative, the film follows Shannon, a recently reformed drug dealer trying to change his life. “Welcome to Pine Hill” is playing as part of BAM Cinemafest.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

"Reportero"

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Director Bernardo Ruiz talks about his documentary “Reportero,” which follows veteran reporter Sergio Haro and his colleagues at Zeta, a newspaper based in Tijuana, one of the most deadly places in the world to be a journalist. Since the paper’s founding in 1980, two of the paper’s editors have been murdered and the founder viciously attacked. Despite the attacks, the paper has continued its aggressive investigative reporting. “Reportero” will be shown as part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival at the Film Society of Lincoln Center June 21-23.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

“Kumaré”

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Vikram Gandhi discusses making his film “Kumaré.” Starting out as a documentary about the yoga industry, Ghandi changed his tactics, creating an alter ego, growing his beard, dressing in robes and moving to Phoenix to become Kumaré, a wise guru from the East.  “Kumaré “ opens at the IFC Center on June 20.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Neil Young and Jonathan Demme on “Neil Young Journeys”

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Neil Young and filmmaker Jonathan Demme talk about the documentary “Neil Young Journeys,” their third collaboration. It documents a drive Neil Young took in May 2011 from his hometown of Omemee, Ontario, to downtown Toronto's iconic Massey Hall, where he performed the last two nights of his solo world tour. During the drive, Young recounted introspective stories from his youth to Demme, who wove these tales together with his music. “Neil Young Journeys” opens in New York June 29.

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