In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen take a closer look at some of the not-so-literal elements of the new movie "Noah." Among those elements: rock monsters, magical wizards, bazookas, and alcoholism? Helping them to mull it all over, and giving his own take on the new Darren Aronofsky movie is Christian blogger Brian Godawa. Rafer and Kristen also review the new biopic "Cesar Chavez," answer an unusual movie therapy question, and, of course, offer up some movie trivia.
Also on Today's Show President Barack Obama and Saudi King Abdullah will meet in Riyadh today, during a period of time when the U.S. is importing the least crude oil from the region in two decades...Reviews of the new films hitting the box office...
Ahead of Cesar Chavez Day—a multi-state holiday designed to honor the Chavez's service to the community—Dolores Huerta joins The Takeaway to reflect on the era the work of Chavez and what still needs to be done for farm workers and other laborers in this country.
This weekend, the big budget biblical adventure "Noah" hits the big screen. The biblical film isn't new, but these movies raise questions about Hollywood's fascination with The Bible. Do biblical movies bring non-believers back into the fold? Do they challenge us to think a little differently? We explore these questions with Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday and co-host of The Movie Date Podcast, and Krista Tippett, the host of the public radio program On Being.
In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen talk everything from doppelgangers to dystopia to sex addiction. It's all in honor of the new films "Muppets Most Wanted," "Divergence," and "Nymphomaniac: Volume 1." Helping them understand the intricacies of "Nymphomaniac" is one of the film's stars, Stellan Skarsgard. Warning: this podcast includes some adult content, including references to a certain sex act with an avian nickname.
For much of the United States, it has been a long, harsh winter. And though today—the first day of spring—may still not quite feel like winter has departed, there are signs that spring is on the way in. Jeff Spurgeon, morning host for classical station WQXR, has his favorite signs of spring as well: All in the form of spring music. He joins us today to discuss some spring-sounding tunes as the Sun crosses the celestial equator for the Vernal Equinox.
Like every actor, Bruce Lee had humiliations and setbacks as he struggled to make it in Hollywood. But those difficulties eventually put him on his way to international super-stardom, and those moments are now the subject of a new Broadway play written by Tony Award winning playwright David Henry Hwang. For Hwang, this was a project that took a very long time. He joins The Takeaway to explain this new bio-play and his creative process.
About 42 million women in America are living in poverty or teetering on the brink. More than a third of them are the mothers of young children. A new HBO documentary,"Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert," takes an intensely personal look at the story of one woman, Katrina Gilbert, a single mother of three. Katrina and one of the film's directors, Shari Cookson, explore what poverty looks like for women in America.
In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen review the video game-turned-movie "Need for Speed," the latest Wes Anderson confection, "The Grand Budapest Hotel," and the fan-funded movie, "Veronica Mars." Along the way, they talk with one of the Veronica Mars fans who made the film possible, Cindy Au. They also get a whopper of a Movie Therapy question, spanning six decades and even more films. And, as always, there's movie trivia!
Also on Today's Show: Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are experiencing a disagreement over what to do about the Ukraine crisis...It's been more than a month since protests broke out in Venezuela, with no signs of ending soon. With violent clashes taking place between opposition and government forces, some worry the country may be on the brink of an even bloodier battle...The Takeaway's Movie Date team reviews this weekend’s releases.
Three music minds from public radio stations around the country give their thoughts on what music best captures their states' musical identities. Plus an update from SXSW.
The battle between Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Claire McCaskill over a military sexual assault bill sounds eerily familiar if you've been keeping up with Season Two of "House of Cards."
In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen hop into the WABAC machine for a trip to the rebooted world of "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" and the sword and sandal past of "300: Rise of An Empire." And bonus: to help them better understand the true identity of Mister Peabody, they are joined by Sarah Montague, WNYC's resident dog expert, who covers, among other dog-related events, the Westminster Kennel Club dog show.
There are currently 80,000 people being held in solitary confinement across America. Many of these prisoners have been there for years or decades without any human contact. In an effort to understand what these prisoners are feeling, Colorado Department of Corrections Executive Director Rick Raemisch submitted himself to 20 hours of “administration segregation,” more commonly known as solitary confinement. Three Oscar-winners also took action to explore how prisoners are feeling behind bars. Documentarian Alex Gibney, narrator Susan Sarandon, and producer Robert Redford, coalesced to create “Death Row Stories.”
In this very special Movie Date bonus podcast, listeners have a chance to re-listen to Rafer and Kristen's Oscar predictions from earlier in this year. Also, all three parts from The Takeaway series "Real People / Best Pictures" (produced by Kristen and hosted by John Hockenberry) are here, with some voices we don't normally hear on Oscar night (but maybe should).
This week's Movie Date podcast looks at the newest attempt to put the life of Jesus Christ on film, in "Son of God." The movie takes content from a ten-hour History Channel miniseries, produced by Mark Burnett (of "Survivor" fame). Does it work as a feature film? Is it a successful proseltyzing tool? Kristen and Rafer also review "Non-Stop," the newest Liam Neeson-led action flick, which asks listeners to "listen very carefully," and maybe shows you how to smoke in an airplane toilet. All that, plus a love letter to Rafer and some biblical movie trivia!
We've got 27 amendments so far, including the right to free speech and the right to bear arms. Should we add a 28th? What would it look like? Kerry Sautner, vice president of visitor experience and education the National Constitution Center, explains what it takes to get an amendment ratified, and what a 28th Amendment might look like.
Also on Today's Show: Concerns over a Russian-backed separatist movement in the Crimean region of Ukraine is giving the international community serious pause...First Lady Michelle Obama announced a series of proposed changes to U.S. food labeling rules yesterday. Will these new labels really change eating habits?...We're only two days away from the Superbowl of movies: Oscar night! Though you may not have seen all of the nominees, our Movie Date Team has and they give us their predictions.
Our Movie Date team has given us their predictions in the big categories for Oscar night, but there's another smaller category that's getting a lot of buzz this year: The original song category. In fact, the category has never been so modern, hip, and controversial. John Schaefer, host of Soundcheck on our partner station WNYC, walks us through the nominees.
Our "Real People/Best Pictures" series continues as we look at "American Hustle." The film tells the story of the FBI's Abscam sting investigation, which ended with the prosecution of six U.S. representatives, a U.S. senator, and many other public officials. Gregory Wallance was a member of the Abscam prosecution team as an assistant United States attorney. He talks about what the actual case was like, and how the movie differs from the real life events.