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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

"The Act of Killing"

Friday, July 19, 2013

Joshua Oppenheimer discusses his documentary “The Act of Killing.” When the Indonesian government was overthrown in 1965, small-time gangster Anwar Congo and his friends went from selling movie tickets on the black market to leading anti-communist death squads in the mass murder of over a million people.  The filmmakers examine a country where death squad leaders are celebrated as heroes, challenging them to reenact their real-life mass-killings in the style of the American movies they love. “The Act of Killing” opens in New York July 19 at Landmark Sunshine Cinemas.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Jeff Garlin on "Dealin' with Idiots"

Monday, July 15, 2013

Jeff Garlin, who played Larry David's manager on “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” talks about directing and starring in the new fully improvised film “Dealin' with Idiots.” He stars as Max Morris, a famous comedian who decides to get to know the parents and coaches of his kid's little league team in an attempt to find the inspiration for his next movie. “Dealin with Idiots” opens July 17 at IFC Center.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Jeff Garlin

Monday, July 15, 2013

Jeff Garlin was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently and he spoke to guesthost Andy Borowitz about his new movie, "Dealin' with Idiots, and his role as Larry David's boss on "Curb Your Enthusiasm." He also told us what he's been reading and watching recently.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Snowboarder Kevin Pearce and Filmmaker Lucy Walker on "The Crash Reel"

Friday, July 12, 2013

Kevin Pearce, former US Champion snowboarder, talks about the terrible crash he had while training for the 2010 Winter Olympics that left him with a traumatic brain injury. He’s joined by Lucy Walker, director of the documentary “The Crash Reel,” which tells the story of Pearce’s recovery and life since the accident. “The Crash Reel” airs July 15 at 9 pm on HBO.

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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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Fishko Files

Leonard Rosenman

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Film composer Leonard Rosenman died five years ago, at age 83. He won Oscars for his adaptations of existing music for movies such as Barry Lyndon and Bound for Glory, but it was Rosenman’s original scores, says WNYC’s Sara Fishko, that are remembered for their arresting modernism. Here is the next Fishko Files.

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Soundcheck

Musical 'Beach Party' Films Get A Second Wave; Garifuna Collective Plays Live

Thursday, July 11, 2013

In this episode: The so-called “beach party” films of the '60s -- where teens romped along the surf and occasionally broke out into song -- washed away with the changing tides of the 1970s. Now, Disney aims to revive the musical genre with a new made-for-TV-special. We talk with the New York Times' Brooks Barnes about the new "Teen Beach Movie" -- and with film historian and author Tom Lisanti about the music-filled original films. 

Plus: The Garifuna Collective, hailing from Belize, has spent a career playing the music of Central America’s Afro-Amerindian community. They play material from their two new albums -- one with the Canadian singer-songwriter Danny Michel -- live in the studio. 

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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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    Soundcheck

    A Band Called Death

    Tuesday, July 09, 2013

    Death bassist and vocalist Bobby Hackney Sr. and filmmaker Jeff Howlett join John Schaefer to discuss the new new film A Band Called Death.

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    Here's The Thing

    Josh Fox

    Monday, July 08, 2013

    Josh Fox didn't set out to be a documentary filmmaker, but when his family was contacted by a company offering a lot of money for drilling rights, he felt compelled to investigate.  

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    The Leonard Lopate Show

    The Searchers, an American Legend

    Friday, July 05, 2013

    Glenn Frankel tells the story behind “The Searchers.” In 1836 in East Texas, nine-year-old Cynthia Ann Parker was kidnapped by Comanches, raised by the tribe, and eventually became the wife of a warrior. Twenty-four years later she was reclaimed by the U.S. cavalry and Texas Rangers and reunited with her white family. It’s become a foundational American tale and has inspired operas plays, and a novel by Alan LeMay, which was adapted into one of Hollywood's most legendary films, “The Searchers,” directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne. In The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend, Frankel examines how the story has been shaped over time.

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    The Leonard Lopate Show

    Hitchcock's Earliest Films

    Friday, June 28, 2013

    Florence Almozini, Program Director for BAMcinématek, and Rodney Sauer of the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, talk about Alfred Hitchcock’s nine earliest surviving works, all newly restored by theBritish Film Institute. These silent films are screened with live scores performed by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra. The Hitchcock 9 is playing at BAMcinématek June 28-July 3.

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    The Takeaway

    New Movie Releases: 'The Heat,' 'White House Down,' '20 Feet from Stardom'

    Friday, June 28, 2013

    Every Friday The Takeaway looks at the new films set to open up at the box office. In this week's look, our resident Movie Date Podcast team—Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday, and Kristen Meinzer, Culture Producer for The Takeaway—discuss the new releases "The Heat," "White House Down" and "20 Feet from Stardom."

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    The Leonard Lopate Show

    The NY Waterfront; Hitchcock's Early Films; Lidia Bastianich; Please Explain Sinkholes

    Friday, June 28, 2013

    Richard Hake fills in for Leonard. Justin Davidson, New York magazine’s architecture critic, discusses Mayor Bloomberg’s plans for the city’s waterfront. We’ll find out about Hitchcock’s earliest films. Lidia Bastianich looks at how immigrants and others celebrate independence in America. And Please Explain is all about sinkholes!

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    Lian Lunson and Rufus Wainwright on "Sing Me the Songs that Say I Love You"

    Thursday, June 27, 2013

    Director Lian Lunson talks about her documentary “Sing Me the Songs that Say I Love You: A Concert for Kate McGarrigle.” She’s joined by singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright. Rufus and Martha Wainwright honored their mother, who died in 2010, with a May 2011 concert in that included her sisters Anna and Jane McGarrigle, Jimmy Fallon, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Antony Hegarty, and others. The film comebines home movie footage of the Wainwrights, archival footage, and family interviews to tell the story of Kate’s life and the songs she wrote. “Sing Me the Songs that Say I Love You” is playing at Film Forum though July 9.

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    The Leonard Lopate Show

    The Forces Behind the Arab Spring; Changes in Hollywood; Rufus Wainwright on Kate McGarrigle's Life and Music; Matt Taibbi

    Thursday, June 27, 2013

    Join guest host Richard Hake on tomorrow’s show when he speaks to political scientist Shibley Telhami about the driving forces behind the Arab Spring. Veteran Hollywood producer Lynda Obst looks at the major transformation in the movie business over the last decade. Director Lian Lunson talks about her documentary “Sing the Songs That Say I Love You: A Concert for Kate McGarrigle,” along with Rufus Wainwright. And Rolling Stone contributing editor Matt Taibbi explains what new documents reveal about the role that the rating agencies played in the 2008 financial meltdown.

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    The Leonard Lopate Show

    “Shakespeare: The King’s Man”

    Wednesday, June 26, 2013

    James Shapiro talks about his documentary “Shakespeare: The King’s Man,” and reveals little known details about Shakespeare’s life and work.

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    The Leonard Lopate Show

    "Gideon's Army" and Public Defenders

    Monday, June 24, 2013

    Dawn Porter, director of “Gideon’s Army,” and Travis Williams, a public defender profiled in the documentary, discuss the work of public defenders. The film follows a group of idealistic young public defenders in the Deep South, where lawyers face particularly difficult challenges due to high bonds, minimum mandatory sentencing and a culture that is traditionally "tough on crime." It airs at 9:00 pm on July 1 on HBO.

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    Here's The Thing

    Rosie O'Donnell

    Monday, June 24, 2013

    Alec sits down with the woman who says she never dreamt of becoming a talk show host--just a back up singer for Bette Midler. 

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