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Man Freed After Confessing To Killing Son During Interrogation

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

After years in prison, Adrian Thomas was found not guilty for the murder of his infant son. His story was told in Scenes of a Crime. In this encore broadcast, the film's co-director explains the case.

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Soundcheck

Shaul Schwarz Explores The Narcocorrido The Film, 'Narco Cultura'

Monday, June 16, 2014

Shaul Schwarz on the popular Mexican genre of narcocorridos and his new film Narco Cultura.

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'How To Train Your Dragon' Sound Designer Explains The Movie's Roars

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Randy Thom, the Oscar-winning sound designer for How to Train Your Dragon 2, tells NPR's Scott Simon how he and his team created voices and special effects for the dragons, such as the "fire sabre."

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All Things Considered

A Tip From Ben Stiller: On Set, A 'Chicken' Is Not What It Seems

Friday, June 13, 2014

To kick off the series "Trade Lingo," the actor decodes terms distinctive to filmmaking. He shares the meanings behind such cryptic phrases as "10-100" and "chicken in the gate."

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Fresh Air

'Obvious Child': A Momentous Film Of Small, Embarrassing Truths

Friday, June 13, 2014

The indie film depicts a standup comic who decides to have an abortion after a one-night stand. David Edelstein lauds director Gillian Robespierre's courage.

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All Things Considered

It's A Summer Sequel Spectacular With 'Dragon' And 'Jump Street'

Friday, June 13, 2014

There are 16 movie sequels coming out this summer. Critic Bob Mondello singles out two that handle sequel-hood in vastly different (but successful) ways: How to Train Your Dragon 2 and 22 Jump Street.

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Remembering Ruby Dee: 'Think Of Me And Feel Encouraged'

Friday, June 13, 2014

In remembrance of the life of actress and activist Ruby Dee, Tell Me More presents an encore broadcast of Michel Martin's 2007 interview with the legendary actress and activist.

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Stories Of President George H.W. Bush, From 41 Closest Friends

Friday, June 13, 2014

President George H.W. Bush turned 90 this week. A new CNN documentary 41 On 41 speaks to 41 of his closest family and colleagues. Michel Martin learns more from Executive Producer Mary Kate Cary.

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The Takeaway

'How to Train Your Dragon 2' and '22 Jump Street'

Friday, June 13, 2014

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen look at two movies focused on best friends who always have each others' backs: "How to Train Your Dragon 2" and "22 Jump Street." Helping them mull over the debatably homophobic humor of the latter is Eric Sasson, columnist behind the Wall Street Journal's CTRL-ALT column. Rafer and Kristen also dedicate some time to a listener in need of some Father's Day related Movie Therapy. And, as always, there's trivia!

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Morning Edition

'How To Train Your Dragon 2' Is More Growly And Snarly (And Wise) Than Ever

Friday, June 13, 2014

How to Train Your Dragon 2 — one of the most anticipated family movies of the summer — opens Friday. Elizabeth Blair says the animation is more detailed, the stakes higher and the lessons amplified.

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All Things Considered

Ruby Dee: An Actress Who Marched On Washington And Onto The Screen

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Born Ruby Ann Wallace, she grew up writing poetry in Harlem and went on to become a playwright, activist, journalist and one of the most prominent actresses of her time. She died Wednesday at 91.

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The Sons Of The Father, Trapped In Grief

Thursday, June 12, 2014

In the drama Hellion, former Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul plays a man who tries to hold things together for his sons after the death of their mother.

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Familiarity But No Contempt: The Sequel Says 'Jump,' You Say 'Oh, Hi!'

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The sequel 22 Jump Street succeeds in avoiding the fatigue that plagues many similar projects by playing into it so willingly that audiences are charmed into going along.

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In 'Manuscripts,' A Barred Filmmaker Considers Dissident Art

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Iranian writer-director Mohammad Rasoulof, currently barred from filmmaking, follows two thugs in the political thriller Manuscripts Don't Burn.

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'Burning Bush' Finds The Fuel For A Desperate Act

Thursday, June 12, 2014

In the historical drama Burning Bush, oppression becomes the engine driving revolt — including a student's shocking decision to set himself on fire.

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The Takeaway

What We're Fighting for in Afghanistan

Thursday, June 12, 2014

It’s the nation’s war — our soldiers are just following orders. But they have a duty to protect each other, says filmmaker Sebastian Junger, which is what makes the alleged desertion of Sgt. Bergdahl so troubling.

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Legendary Actress Ruby Dee Dies At 91

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The actress who starred with Sidney Poitier in the 1961 classic A Raisin in the Sun died Wednesday. She was nominated for a best supporting actress Oscar for her work in American Gangster.

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Morning Edition

'Lego Movie' Caught In Amazon's Battle With Warner Home Video

Thursday, June 12, 2014

In much the same way it's fighting with publisher Hachette, Amazon is battling with Warner Home Video over terms for its DVD releases. Amazon is denying advance orders of The Lego Movie.

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Fresh Air

Invisible 'Supermensch' Avoided The Spotlight While Making Others Famous

Monday, June 09, 2014

Mike Myers' documentary Supermensch chronicles the work of Shep Gordon, who has "jump-started" the careers of superstar musicians and chefs. Now, it's Gordon's turn for a taste of celebrity.

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Disney Translates 'Frozen' Into A More Formal Arabic

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Disney movies are typically dubbed into Egyptian Arabic, but the movie Frozen has been dubbed into Modern Standard Arabic. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Elias Muhanna of Brown University about why.

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