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The Leonard Lopate Show

Fighting for the Ecological Heart of the Eastern Congo

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A new documentary follows a team of park rangers---and the endangered gorillas ---as they face off against poachers, militia, and industry in one of the most diverse ecosystems.

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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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PRI's The World

Director and actor Richard Attenborough saw film as a powerful vehicle for change

Monday, August 25, 2014

British film director Richard Attenborough died on Sunday at the age of 90. He directed classic films like Gandhi with powerful messages of positive social change, but also appeared on-screen in much-loved roles in Jurassic Park and other movies.

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The Takeaway

How "Network" Predicted Today's Media Culture

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

"Network," the 1976 film directed by Sidney Lumet, won four Academy Awards that year. But almost 40 years later, more significant than any of its accolades is the lasting statement the film made about the television industry—it seems to have seen into the future of our media culture. Dave Itzkoff, culture reporter for our partner The New York Times, is author of a new book on the classic film. It's called “Mad As Hell: The Making of Network and the Fateful Vision of the Angriest Man in Movies.”  

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The Takeaway

New Movie Releases of the Week: Planes, Elysium, Lovelace and More

Friday, August 09, 2013

Dane Cook, Logan Lerman, Jennifer Aniston, Matt Damon, and Amanda Seyfried—that's your Movie Date lineup for this weekend. Five new films are all out this weekend. Bringing us the reviews of these films is our Movie Date team—Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer. They weigh in with their top picks from the week and the films to steer clear of.

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Soundcheck

Summer Of '93: Blockbuster Soundtracks With 'Movie Date'

Friday, July 19, 2013

There was a lot happening musically during the summer of '93 -- and there was also a lot happening in the movie theaters. The blockbuster hit "Jurassic Park" -- directed by Steven Spielberg and scored by John Williams -- became the top earning film of all time (only to be beaten out a few years later by "Titanic"). But that wasn't the only memorable film to come out of that summer, especially when it came to soundtracks.

Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman of The Takeaway's "Movie Date" podcast join us to talk about their personal favorites from that summer -- from the rap-rock of "Judgment Night" to the indie pop of "So I Married An Axe Murderer." 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Set Up

Friday, February 01, 2013

On today’s show: find out how the FBI built up a network of over 15,000 informants in the years after 9/11, and how they infiltrated our country’s Muslim communities. America Ferrera talks about playing a financially strapped woman who will go to extraordinary lengths to save her home from foreclosure in the off-Broadway play “Bethany.” Director Fisher Stevens describes working with Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, and Alan Arkin on the new film “Stand Up Guys.” And our latest Please Explain!

Soundcheck

'Chaplin': The Man Behind The Little Tramp

Monday, October 01, 2012

For most, the name Charlie Chaplin calls to mind a tiny mustache, bowler hat, baggy pants, and a funny walk -- a whole slew of images, but all of them silent. Which perhaps makes the iconic silent film star an unlikely subject for a Broadway musical. And yet, Chaplin is at the center of one of Broadway’s newest musical productions, simply titled Chaplin.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: Don't Look Down Edition

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Slate critics Julia Turner, Dana Stevens and June Thomas discuss the 2012 Sight and Sound list of the top 50 films of all time, the dance drama Bunheads, and Jerry Seinfeld's new web series, "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee."

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The Takeaway

Movie Date: 'Safe House'

Friday, February 17, 2012

"Safe House" is the new Denzel Washington flick which treads some familiar territory. There are explosions, there are also buddy cop dynamics, sexy girlfriends, and lots and lots of action.  As always we hear from Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday, and Kristen Meinzer, culture producer for the Takeaway. They'll tell you if this movie is a good date, and if the action-packed sequences are too much, too often, or just right.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Oscar Nods and Misses

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A.O. Scott, chief film critic of The New York Times, and Dana Stevens, Slate's film critic and co-host of Slate's "Culture Gabfest," compare notes on this year's Oscar nominations (just released this morning), and discuss recent changes in the requirements for best documentary.

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The Takeaway

This Year's Holiday Movies

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

It’s the week before Christmas, the busiest time in movie land, with over half a dozen movies opening in theaters throughout the week. The first batch of films, which hit theaters last night and today, include: "The Adventures of Tintin," "Albert Nobbs," and "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer talk about the the big holiday releases.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

Slate: The Culture Gabfest, “Don We Now Our Gay Apparel” Edition

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Listen to Slate's show about The Muppets, decorating at home with Deborah Needleman, and Christmas carols.

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The Takeaway

Unpaid Interns Sue 'Black Swan' Production Company

Friday, September 30, 2011

Two men are suing Fox Searchlight, saying the company violated minimum wage and overtime laws when they employed the two as interns on the Academy Award-winning film "Black Swan." In these uncertain economic times, many film studios and other employers have been hiring more unpaid interns. For the company that hires interns, the benefit is a free worker, and for the intern the benefit is a learning experience, and possibly a paid job offer in the future. The federal labor department has a set list of rules that unpaid internships must follow: the position should benefit the intern, it should not displace other employees, and it should be educational. Did Fox Searchlight violate these rules?

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The Takeaway

Rupert Wyatt and Andy Serkis on 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes'

Friday, August 05, 2011

"Beware the beast Man, for he is the Devil’s pawn." That’s a quote from the 1968 classic science fiction film, "Planet of the Apes." The movie starred Charlton Heston, and imagined a post-nuclear world ruled by powerful apes. The film spawned a media franchise of sequels, and television series. But "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," which debuts this weekend, contemplates how the primates might take power today.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

Slate: The Culture Gabfest, Totally Gruesome Edition

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Jason Zinoman’s guide to fixing modern horror, the film industry’s approach to online piracy, and the debate over antidepressants on this week’s Culture Gabfest podcast.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Summer Films

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Dana Stevens, Slate film critic and co-host of the Culture Gabfest, previews films being released during the summer season.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Summer Movies with Dana Stevens

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Dana Stevens, Slate film critic and co-host of the Culture Gabfest, previews movies being released during the summer season.

What movies are you looking forward to this summer?

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The Takeaway

Betting on the Oscar Winners

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Let’s make something clear. I am not a gambler. I hate the stock market. I have no interest in watching celebrity poker. On the two occasions I visited Las Vegas, I played only the penny slots (and limited the value of the pennies to $20 total for 6 hours, not counting the extra $20 my sister pushed on me).

That being said, I cannot resist a little Oscar gambling. And I’m not alone. According to Gambling911.com, the Oscars are “the 3rd biggest single day betting event of the year after the Super Bowl and Kentucky Derby” and “the most wagered on nonsporting event after the U.S. Presidential race.”

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The Takeaway

Actor Ryan Gosling Explains Initial NC-17 Rating for 'Blue Valentine'

Thursday, December 09, 2010

A soon-to-be-released film about marital drama just won a rare victory. “Blue Valentine,” starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, was initially given an NC-17 rating by the Motion Picture Association of America. The stated reason? Because the film contains “a scene of explicit sexual content.” Many people familiar with the scene described it as a fairly tame sex scene in which William's character receives oral sex. The studio and film's cast and crew appealed the rating, which was changed yesterday by the MPAA. The film is now rated R.

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