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Get To Know This Year's Best Original Song And Score Oscar Nominees

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

This year's Academy Award fields for Best Original Song and Best Original Score are dominated by a who's-who in the pop and symphonic music worlds, making for a stiff competition. Soundcheck talks to Melena Ryzik, lead writer for The New York Times' Carpetbagger blog about high expectations, the underdogs, and some Oscar-season controversy. 

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The Takeaway

Meet the Real People Behind the Best Pictures: 'Dallas Buyers Club'

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

All this week, our series "Real People/Best Picture" looks at some of the films that are nominated for Best Picture, and talking with people who are intimately connected with the stories behind those films. Today, our subject is Dallas Buyers Club. William Waybourn was the President of the Dallas Gay Alliance in the 1980s, which served the gay community and people living with AIDS. He tells us about that time and his thoughts on the movie. 

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Studio 360

Studio 360 Goes to the Oscars

Friday, February 21, 2014

You held your breath during Gravity. You grimaced through The Wolf of Wall Street. But do you know what drives this year’s crop of Oscar-nominated actors, directors, and films? Studio 360 has you covered.

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Gabfest Radio

Why is Ukraine suddenly in the world spotlight?

Friday, February 21, 2014

The Gabfest panelists have much to talk about this week: the political turmoil evolving in Ukraine, why Volkswagen employees have differing opinions on unionizing, the new television show Transparent and more.

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Studio 360

Awards Night Bingo: 2014 Oscars

Friday, February 21, 2014

Watching the Academy Awards? Play bingo with us! The awards shows have turned into parodies of themselves: stars thanking their lawyers, refusing to "wrap it up," trying to exit off the wrong side of the stage. We’re embracing the clichés. 

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Studio 360

Oscar’s Real Name Is Emilio

Friday, February 21, 2014

At the Academy Awards, the Oscar statuette is as iconic as the gowns and the red carpet. With his square chest, broad shoulders, and tapered legs, Oscar is an art deco god. But, as familiar as he may be, it turns out we don’t know Oscar very well. For one, Oscar’s name isn’t Oscar ...

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Studio 360

Alfonso Cuarón Defies Gravity

Friday, February 21, 2014

Alfonso Cuarón wrote Gravity’s screenplay with his son, Jonas, in three weeks. Considering the visual effects needed to realize their vision, the senior Cuarón knew it would take much longer than that to direct the film, but he had no idea he was in the incipient stages of ...

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Studio 360

Where Killers are Heroes

Friday, February 21, 2014

“We killed happily,” a sweet-faced septuagenarian says to the camera as he re-enacts a murder. The man is Anwar Congo, a former death squad leader in the 1965 Indonesian mass killings. He is a central character of the astonishing Oscar-nominated documentary The Act of Killing ...

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Studio 360

Alfonso Cuarón & Laura Cantrell

Friday, February 21, 2014

Who is Oscar? (Hint: his real name isn’t Oscar.) This week, we reveal the man who inspired the Academy Awards’ iconic gold statue. Kurt Andersen talks with filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón, who explains why the astounding special effects in his movie Gravity (up for 10 Oscars) take second place to Sandra ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Behind the Oscar Docs: Meet This Year's Academy Award Nominated Filmmakers

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Brian Lehrer Show interviews all five of the filmmakers behind this year's Oscar-nominated documentaries.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Anjelica Huston; 85 Years of the Academy Awards; Amnesia; Regulating Wall Street

Monday, February 17, 2014

On today’s show we’re replaying some favorite recent interviews: Anjelica Huston talks about growing up the child of actor and director John Huston, her mother’s untimely death, and finding her own way in the entertainment industry. Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne tells us about the history of the Academy Awards. David MacLean describes coming to on a train platform in India with no idea of who he was or how he got there. Larry Doyle on how—5 years after the financial meltdown—Wall Street’s regulators are still failing to protect investors and taxpayers.

The Leonard Lopate Show

The Story of Every Academy Awards for 85 Years

Monday, February 17, 2014

Robert Osborne, host of Turner Classic Movies, was here in November to talk about the history of the Academy Awards. We're re-airing it today. Osbourne's newly revised book 85 Years of the Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awards, is about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the birth of the Oscars, and presents the story of each year's awards, beginning with the very first.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Behind the Oscar Docs: The Act of Killing

Friday, February 14, 2014

This week we kicked off our annual series on Oscar nominated documentaries. We'll speak with the filmmakers behind all five films over the coming days: Cutie and the Boxer (Tuesday); The Square (Wednesday); 20 Feet from Stardom (Thursday); The Act of Killing (Friday); Dirty Wars (Monday).

Joshua Oppenheimer, director of the Oscar-nominated feature documentary "The Act of Killing", talks about his film about coming to terms with human rights abuses -- by the perpetrators. The film looks at the repercussions of death squads mobilized against "communists" in northern Indonesia in the 1960's.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Behind the Oscar Docs: 20 Feet from Stardom

Thursday, February 13, 2014

This week we kicked off our annual series on Oscar nominated documentaries. We'll speak with the filmmakers behind all five films over the coming days: Cutie and the Boxer (Tuesday); The Square (Wednesday); 20 Feet from Stardom (Thursday); The Act of Killing (Friday); Dirty Wars (Monday)

Morgan Neville, director of the Oscar nominated feature documentary "20 Feet from Stardom," talks about his film bringing a bit of the spotlight to the back-up singers on so many classic tunes.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Behind the Oscar Docs: Cutie and the Boxer

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Our annual series on Oscar nominated documentaries kicks off today. We'll speak with the filmmakers behind all five films over the coming days: The Square (Wednesday); 20 Feet from Stardom (Thursday); An Act of Killing (Friday); Dirty Wars (Monday)

Zachary Heinzerling, director of the Oscar nominated feature documentary, "Cutie and the Boxer", talks about his film featuring DUMBO artists Noriko and Ushio Shinohara. He discusses their story, how the film came together, and what the impact has been on the protagonists.

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The Takeaway

Movie Date: 'Ride Along,' 'The Nut Job,' 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' & Oscar Nods

Friday, January 17, 2014

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen recount their encounters with wildlife in the city and ponder the ways that dance-offs are better than shoot-outs. It's all in honor of the animated feature, "The Nut Job," the buddy cop comedy, "Ride Along," and the spy thriller, "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit." Rafer and Kristen also weigh in on the Oscar nominations, which were announced this Thursday. And there's a big trivia-related mea culpa as well!

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    WNYC Digital

    The 2014 Oscar-Nominated Movies You Can Watch From Home

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

    Whether you're an Oscar completist or you want to score in the smaller categories on your office Oscar ballot—here's your guide to the movies that aren't in theaters anymore. 

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    Studio 360

    Oscar Nominations Can’t Help But Please, Disappoint

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

    Our man Oscar played it safe again this year. It’s doubtful too many people will take issue with Gravity (a hugely successful drama with innovative film techniques) and American Hustle (a hugely commercial drama with great performances) leading the pack of nominations with ten ...

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    The Leonard Lopate Show

    Robert Osborne on 85 Years of the Oscar

    Tuesday, November 19, 2013

    Robert Osborne, host of Turner Classic Movies, gives an account of the history of the Academy Awards. His newly revised book 85 Years of the Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awards, talks about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the birth of the Oscars, and presents the story of each year's awards, beginning with the very first.

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    Gabfest Radio

    Gabfest Radio: The I’m Working from Home Gabfest

    Saturday, March 02, 2013

    On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio, Political Gabfest panelists discuss the oral argument before the Supreme Court on a challenge to the Voting Rights Act and Yahoo's decision to ban working at home. On the Culture Gabfest, panelists talk about the 2013 Academy Awards and “Harlem Shake” in its current iteration as an Internet meme.

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