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The Leonard Lopate Show

Putin’s Russia, and the Films “The Girl” and “Beyond the Hills”

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Russian journalist Masha Gessen traces the rise of Vladimir Putin from low-level KGB operative to president of Russia, and looks at how he’s been able to maintain his power. Director David Riker and Abbie Cornish, his star in the new film, “The Girl,” about a single mother who’s lost her child to social services and tries some desperate measures to straighten out her life. Christian Mungiu talks about his latest film, “Beyond the Hills,” which won Best Actress and Best Screenplay at Cannes last year.

The Leonard Lopate Show

“Beyond the Hills”

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Director Christian Mungiu talks about his latest film, “Beyond the Hills,” winner of the Cannes 2012 awards for Best Actress (for its two leads) and Best Screenplay. Set in an isolated Orthodox convent in Romania where, the film tells the story of Alina and her childhood friend Voichita, a novice nun. When Alina challenges the priest in an attempt to win back Voichita’s affection, she is suspected of being possessed. Mungiu based his gripping drama on a case of alleged demonic possession that occurred in a Romanian monastery in 2005.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Rita Moreno on EGOTing and Brando

Monday, March 04, 2013

Rita Moreno talks about her career in on the stage and screen, and her new memoir, Rita Moreno, which details her tumultuous relationship with Marlon Brando. She’s also one of the few artists to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Terror Courts, Rita Moreno, Phone Phreaks, Morality and Technology

Monday, March 04, 2013

The Wall Street Journal’s Supreme Court correspondent Jess Bravin and government prosecutor Lt. Col. Stuart Crouch talk about the courts at Guantanamo Bay, where suspected Al Qaeda terrorists are tried. Rita Moreno looks back at her career on stage and screen. She’s one of the few artists to win Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Awards. We’ll look at the underground network of “phone phreaks” who managed to hack into the country’s telephone system. Plus, the political and moral dilemmas posed by the technological efficiencies of the digital age.

The Takeaway

Movie Date: '21 and Over,' 'Jack the Giant Slayer,' 'Phantom'

Friday, March 01, 2013

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen are joined by Jeff Yang, who writes the Wall Street Journal's Tao Jones column. Jeff shares his thoughts on the new movie, "21 and Over" - from its depiction of race, to whether it's just a cheap mash-up of "Weekend at Bernie's" and "The Hangover." Along the way, Rafer admits he doesn't remember his twenty first birthday, Kristen falls asleep, and Jeff clarifies that he's not really Jackie Chan (even though he wrote a book called, "I Am Jackie Chan"). Other films discussed in this podcast include the Cold War thriller, "Phantom" and the fairy tale reboot "Jack the Giant Slayer."

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The Takeaway

New Movie Releases: '21 and Over,' 'Jack the Giant Slayer,' 'Phantom'

Friday, March 01, 2013

This weekend, three very different movies hit the big screen: "21 and Over" is the latest offering from the writers of "The Hangover." "Jack the Giant Slayer" is a modern-retelling of "Jack and the Beanstalk." And "Phantom" is a Cold War thriller.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

"A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet"

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Executive producer Mark Weiss talks about the documentary “A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet,” along with Lois Gibbs, who led the protests at Love Canal, started the Center for Health, Environment & Justice, and is featured in the film. Inspired by the book of the same name by Philip Shabecoff and informed by advisers like the biologist E. O. Wilson, the film chronicles the environmentalism movement. It opens at Cinema Village March 1.

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The Takeaway

Movie Date Presents: Oscar...Totally Naked

Friday, February 22, 2013

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen's bickering isn't restricted to the online world. Instead, it's made available to radio listeners all over the country. It's their first hour-long special for the airwaves, and it's all in honor of Hollywood's biggest night. Ladies and gentleman, "Movie Date Presents: Oscar...Totally Naked." 

And yes, Rafer and Kristen are naked throughout.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

You Predict the Oscars: Who WILL Win, and Who SHOULD Win?

Friday, February 22, 2013

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Soundcheck

The Academy Awards: Music's Second Biggest Night?

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Grammy Awards refer to themselves as “Music’s Biggest Night” – but this year, there’s another awards show that appears to be reaching for the title. This upcoming weekend’s Academy Awards ceremony is shaping up to be quite the musical event, with announced performances from Adele, Norah Jones, Barbra Streisand, Shirley Bassey, and the evening's host, Seth MacFarlane.

We talk with Melena Ryzik, New York Times culture reporter and blogger for their Carpetbagger blog, about why the show has embraced live music so fully this year -- and what to expect in the major musical awards categories. 

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WNYC News

Movie Date Presents: Oscar...Totally Naked

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

"Oscar...Totally Naked" is an Oscar special hosted by Kristen Meinzer of The Takeaway and Rafer Guzman of Newsday. Listen to this hour-long spectacular, which pulls back the velvet curtain on Hollywood's biggest night.

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The Takeaway

New Movie Releases: 'Beautiful Creatures,' 'Safe Haven,' 'Die Hard 5'

Friday, February 15, 2013

We’re only a week away from the Oscars, but it doesn’t feel like award season on the big screen. This week, three movies open, none of which are likely to win any awards: "Beautiful Creatures," "Safe Haven," and "A Good Day to Die Hard."

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Chris Terrio on Writing the "Argo" Screenplay

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Chris Terrio talks about writing the Oscar-nominated screenplay for “Argo.” The film, which is also up for a Best Picture Oscar, is based on the true story of a Hollywood-CIA plan to save a group of diplomats during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Chris Terrio

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Chris Terrio was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his Oscar-nominated screenplay for the film "Argo." He also told us what he's been reading, watching and listening to. Find out what Chris Terrio's a fan of!

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Cooking, Writing, Reading

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

On today’s show: Melissa Clark returns to the show with tips and ideas to help us prepare that special Valentine’s Day meal! Chris Terrio talks about writing his Oscar-nominated screenplay for the film “Argo.” Jackie Collins discusses her latest novel, The Power Trip. And former Microsoft executive John Wood describes his efforts to build more libraries in the developing world.

WNYC News

Fracking Debate Heats Up, As Filmmakers Await Governor's Decision

Monday, February 11, 2013

Dueling pro and anti-fracking filmmakers held screenings and promotions for their films on Monday, as they await a decision by Governor Cuomo on whether fracking will go forward in New York. That could come by the end of the month. But on Monday, the two sides confronted each other in the halls of the Capitol.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Oscar Nominated Documentaries: "5 Broken Cameras"

Monday, February 11, 2013

Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi, co-directors of the new documentary "5 Broken Cameras," discuss the difficulties of making a film about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Jon Alpert and Matt O'Neill's Documentary "Redemption"

Friday, February 08, 2013

Directors Jon Alpert and Matt O’Neill discuss their Academy Award-nominated documentary short “Redemption.” They’re also joined by Susan, who is featured in the film, about New York City’s growing “canning” profession—more and more men and women survive redeeming bottles and cans they collect from curbs, garbage cans and apartment complexes. “Redemption” is an unexpected and intimate look at New York City’s post-industrial gleaners, struggling at the edge of society. "Redemption" is playing at IFC Center through February 14.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Oscar Nominations on the Lopate Show

Friday, February 08, 2013

This year, the Leonard Lopate Show spoke with many of the actors, directors, and writers of films nominated for Oscars in 2013. The Academy Awards are being held Sunday, February 24.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Oscar Nominated Documentaries: 'Searching for Sugar Man'

Friday, February 08, 2013

The Brian Lehrer Show kicks off its yearly series on Oscar nominated feature documentaries. Today: Brian talks with "Searching for Sugarman" director Malik Bendjelloul.

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