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And the Oscar Goes To...

Friday, February 22, 2008

Several of the year’s Oscar-nominated movies -- "Into the Wild", "I'm Not There", "Persepolis", and "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" -- address the quest for personal freedom. In the last few months Kurt had the opportunity to talk with the directors ...

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Ellen Page

Friday, February 22, 2008

The indie hit "Juno" is up for a few Oscars this weekend. One for its crackling screenplay by the 29 year-old Diablo Cody, and another for its star, 21-year-old Ellen Page. Kurt talks to Page about playing the smart, funny teenager Juno MacGuff, ...

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The Drama of Politics

Friday, February 01, 2008

Lawrence O'Donnell has worked on political campaigns and as a Senate staffer; he turned that Washington know-how into prime time glory as a writer for The West Wing. With Super Tuesday looming, Kurt Andersen asks O’Donnell about the quality every successful candidate -- real or ...

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Strikers Phone it In

Friday, February 01, 2008

As the Writers Guild of America enters the fourth month of its strike, Kurt checks in with union members in Hollywood and New York. If “pencils down” means pencils down, just what exactly are they doing with their time? We find out from David Milch,

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Mr. Spock and Dr. Strangelove

Friday, January 25, 2008

Samantha Hunt describes the turning point in Tesla’s life when he began acting like a mad scientist, almost taking a page from the movies. And biologist Vincent Pieribone thinks that Hollywood’s most dangerous fantasy about “mad scientists” is that scientists have any power at ...

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Ian McEwan

Friday, January 18, 2008

Ian McEwan's latest novel is about young newlyweds who are so innocent and tongue-tied that they can’t get comfortable when it really matters -- on their wedding night. Kurt talks to McEwan about On Chesil Beach, set in the early 1960s on the eve of ...

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Scranton, PA

Friday, January 11, 2008

The former coal and textile town in eastern Pennsylvania is the setting for NBC’s hit sitcom "The Office". It’s filmed in California, but the producers think Scranton is the right locale for an office full of incompetents and slackers. Kurt called up Mayor

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The Wire

Friday, January 11, 2008

"The Wire" just began its final season on HBO. The dramatic series’ gritty, unblinking portrayal of Baltimore has critics calling it the best show on TV. But those are critics. What do the real people of Baltimore think of "The Wire?" Aaron Henkin of WYPR asked some ...

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Hometown Pride

Friday, January 11, 2008

Listeners Richard Tatum and Tracy Eliott are not too keen on how Hollywood has treated their respective hometowns, Philadelphia and New Orleans. Produced by Ben Conniff.

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Cossacks in Argentina

Friday, January 11, 2008

In 1961, an American film crew arrived in Salta, Argentina, to make "Taras Bulba", an old-style Hollywood epic: it's set in 16th century Ukraine and features massive battle scenes on horseback. For some Salteños, the film seemed realer than real life. Federico Windhausen was intrigued ...

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Jingle All the Way

Friday, January 04, 2008

Advertising jingles used to be all over radio and television, but they seem to have gone into hiding lately. Richard Paul has created a celebration -- and an explanation -- of the nearly-lost art of writing a song to sell a product.

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Marjane Satrapi

Friday, December 21, 2007

As a child in Tehran, Marjane Satrapi had a rebellious streak: barely in her teens she was already buying Iron Maiden cassettes off the black market, and getting in hot water with the Guardians of the Revolution. Kurt talks to Satrapi about her film "Persepolis," ...

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Helvetica

Friday, December 07, 2007

Gary Hustwit’s documentary Helvetica is an exploration into a 50-year old Swiss typeface. But the movie’s not just for graphic design buffs. It opens your eyes to the words and letters all around us. Kurt met up with Gary Hustwit near New York’s Union Square ...

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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Friday, December 07, 2007

In 1995 when a massive stroke left French magazine editor Jean-Dominique Bauby totally paralyzed, the only way he could communicate was by blinking his left eye. And it was how he dictated his memoir. Painter and filmmaker Julian Schnabel has turned Bauby’s book into a ...

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Haynes on Dylan

Friday, November 23, 2007

Bob Dylan has spent a lifetime concocting the mythology of Bob Dylan. Now the filmmaker Todd Haynes is adding another layer. In I’m Not There he splits Dylan into six different characters, played by six different actors. Haynes told Kurt it was ...

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To Be or Not To Be Burton

Friday, November 23, 2007

For 10 years, the actor Scott Shepherd dreamed of playing Hamlet. He got his chance in a highly experimental “duet,” reciting Richard Burton’s lines, and moving Burton’s moves, while the 1964 film plays behind him. But he doesn’t like his co-star.

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Ang Lee

Friday, November 16, 2007

The director Ang Lee's new film, Lust, Caution, is set in World War II Shanghai, occupied by Japan. As if a Chinese movie by a Taiwanese director wasn’t edgy enough, the film is so erotic it made Lee himself intensely uncomfortable. Kurt talks with Lee ...

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Southie Stories

Friday, October 19, 2007

Ben Affleck’s directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone, opens this week. It’s set in a rough-and-tumble Irish neighborhood in Boston -– the same setting as Clint Eastwood’s Mystic River and Martin Scorsese’s The Departed. Studio 360’s Eric Molinsky looks into why his hometown of ...

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Mira Nair

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Director Mira Nair’s films take place all over the Indian diaspora –- from the rough city streets of Salaam Bombay to the American Deep South in Mississippi Masala. Her most recent film spans the distance from Calcutta to New York:
The ...

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TV's Fall Fantasy

Friday, October 05, 2007

Riding the coattails of hits like Lost and Heroes, this season’s glut of TV is heavy on the fantasy -– with shows featuring vampires, ghosts, time travel, and fembots. Kurt chats with playwright and screenwriter Paul Rudnick about the supernatural zeitgeist.

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