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'So That Happened:' Confessions Of A Duck-Man

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Actor Jon Cryer's new memoir details his life in show business, including, of course, co-star Charlie Sheen's meltdown. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says Cryer's a smart guy who's often been overlooked.

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The Takeaway

Fighting Nazis, Fast (Not Furious), and Recommendations for Crying

Friday, April 03, 2015

This week, Rafer and Kristen explore movies that involve fighting Nazis and being fast (not furious). They also help a listener who wants help letting the tears out. 
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The Takeaway

Movie Date: Films to See and Avoid This Weekend

Friday, April 03, 2015

The Takeaway's Movie Date Podcast Team reviews this weekend’s releases which include, "Furious 7," "Woman in Gold," and "Effie Gray."

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: A Historic Nuclear Deal, Navajo Health, and The Literature of Mad Men

Friday, April 03, 2015

The Takeaway explores the historic Iranian nuclear energy deal, we take a trip to the Navajo Nation, and we get a 1960s cultural lesson.

On The Media

Cancer in the Movies

Friday, April 03, 2015

Brooke explores Hollywood depictions of cancer and examines how film reflects as well as distorts our perceptions of the disease.  

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'Effie Gray': A Woman In A World Of Art That's Crudely Drawn

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Emma Thompson wrote the screenplay and appears as a supporting character in this film about a young bride and the effects of her unsatisfying marriage.

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'Lambert And Stamp': The Story Of The Men Who Helped Make The Who

Thursday, April 02, 2015

A new documentary about The Who's early managers doesn't rock as hard as it could, but it's a worthwhile addition to the band's recorded history.

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Lost Art Is Reclaimed In 'Woman In Gold'

Thursday, April 02, 2015

This drama about the woman who sued to recover a famous painting taken from her family is miscast, but it still manages to tell a moving populist tale of the power of one determined person.

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Small Batch Edition: 'Furious 7'

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Linda Holmes and PCHH regular Chris Klimek sit down to talk about the crash-'em, bash-'em, smash-'em film Furious 7. Spoiler alert: cars go boom.

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Morning Edition

After Nazi Plunder, A Quest To Bring Home The 'Woman In Gold'

Thursday, April 02, 2015

A new movie tells the true story of Maria Altmann, who fought her way to the U.S. Supreme Court to force the Austrian government to return a painting of her aunt.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Sen. Menendez Indicted; Childless, Not By Choice; Chris Messina

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Sen. Menendez indicted on federal bribery charges; a year of paid sick leave; Nigeria's elections; childless, and not by choice; Dr. Paul Offit and the actor and director Chris Messina.

The Takeaway

The Backstage Story of The Who

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Back in the 60s, two aspiring filmmakers wanted to make a documentary about rock n' roll. Instead, they wound up developing and managing The Who. Now their footage is finally being used.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Amazon Drones, State Secrets, and Stolen Nazi Art

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Takeaway explores a new delivery service being pushed by Amazon, a new memoir on the hydrogen bomb, and a film the chronicles the story of a stolen work of art.

Soundcheck

Filmmaker Alex Gibney: 'Sinatra Grew Up With America'

Monday, March 30, 2015

The award-winning filmmaker turns his lens on the towering icon of the American songbook in a new HBO documentary.

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A Father-Daughter Team Remakes 'Jurassic Park' In Lego Form

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The dinosaurs are a lot smaller than the originals — and so is one of the filmmakers. Paul Hollingsworth and his 8-year-old daughter, Hailee, made a short parody of the science fiction classic.

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Cate Blanchett Swears On Australian TV; Flap Ensues

Sunday, March 29, 2015

When Cate Blanchett was interviewed about her role in Cinderella last week, the interview came to an abrupt end with some inappropriate language. Oh, my! What would Prince Charming think?

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The Chinese 'Paper Son' Who Inspired The Look Of Disney's 'Bambi'

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Tyrus Wong's expressive paintings caught Walt Disney's eye and became the visual guide for Bambi. Born in China, Wong — now 104 — used forged papers to enter the U.S. under the Chinese Exclusion Act.

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Pour A Bucket Of Blood On These New Adaptations Of 'Carrie'

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Stephen King has said his novel Carrie is about women's power and men's fear — an idea reporter Beth Accomando says has gotten lost in newer adaptations of the horror classic for stage and screen.

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The Takeaway

Sometimes A Predictable Date Can Still Be a Fine Date

Friday, March 27, 2015

This week's new releases aren't particularly unique, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're bad dates. 
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All Things Considered

'The Breakfast Club' At 30: '80s Classic Still Relatable Today

Friday, March 27, 2015

The Breakfast Club turned 30 this year. A look at the John Hughes-directed movie and how teenagers today can still relate.

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