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Oscar's Top Documentaries
12:55 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Wembers Creates 3D Tribute To Choreographer 'Pina'

Director Wim Wenders spent a year working with 3-D experts in preparation for the film.
Donata Wenders

Director Wim Wenders created the 3-D documentary "Pina," in tribute to German choreographer Pina Bausch. When the two met over 20 years ago, they started planning a film that would capture her unique style of modern dance. Bausch died of lunch cancer just days before filming started.

Movies
12:00 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

When Hollywood Turns The Camera On Itself

Two movies about movies — The Artist and Hugo — are up for the 2012 Academy Award for best picture. Hollywood has a unique way of making films that depict life in Tinseltown. Film buff Murray Horwitz discusses Hollywood films that deal with the glitz, glamor and harsh realities of Hollywood.

Economy
12:00 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

The Long, Winding Road Back From Unemployment

Originally published on Thu February 23, 2012 1:26 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan, in Washington. A little more than a year ago, NPR started to follow six people in St. Louis who started 2011 out of work. Among them, Casaundra Bronner, who joins us now on the phone. Casaundra Bronner, nice to have you on TALK OF THE NATION.

CASAUNDRA BRONNER: Hi. Thank you very much.

CONAN: And you're speaking with us from work?

BRONNER: Yes.

CONAN: Congratulations. How long have you had a job?

BRONNER: I believe it was March of 2011. March of last year.

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Religion
12:00 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

The Dialogue Around Gay Marriage In Black Churches

A bill that could legalize same-sex marriage has cleared the Maryland House and is expected to pass in the Senate. A majority of black clergy in the state argue that same-sex marriage conflicts with the teachings of the Bible, but some pastors have spoken out in support of the bill.

Oscar's Top Documentaries
12:55 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Underdog Football Team Shines In 'Undefeated'

Filmmakers Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin spent nine months in North Memphis, Tenn. with the Manassas Tigers.
The Weinstein Company

All throughout the school's 110-year history, the Manassas High School football team in Memphis, Tenn., was known as a losing team. In 2009, volunteer coach Bill Courtney led the struggling Manassas Tigers to the playoffs.

Filmmakers Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin chronicle the challenges of the team — on and off the field — in the documentary Undefeated.

Lindsay and Martin talk with NPR's Neal Conan about the film, nominated for an Academy Award in the documentary feature category.

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Around the Nation
12:00 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Fed Up Drivers Fight Back Against Traffic Cameras

Originally published on Wed February 22, 2012 1:12 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

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Remembrances
12:00 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Remembering War Correspondent Marie Colvin

Originally published on Wed February 22, 2012 1:16 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

Forgive us if we hold a special place for the reporters who go into harm's way to tell the stories of civilians and soldiers caught in the horrors of combat. All of them are grown-ups and know the risks. The loss of their lives is no more or less tragic than the death of a doctor or a teacher or a grocer, but we would never learn what happened to those others if the reporters didn't take the cameras and notebooks and risk their lives to tell us the story.

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Politics
12:00 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Previewing The High-Stakes Michigan Primary

Originally published on Wed February 22, 2012 12:59 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. After all the votes are counted, Romney still wins in Maine. Super-donors dominate the superPACs, and new frontrunner Rick Santorum struggles to stay on-message. It's Wednesday and time for a...

RICK SANTORUM: Phony ideal...

CONAN: Edition of the Political Junkie.

PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN: There you go again.

VICE PRESIDENT WALTER MONDALE: When I hear your new ideas, I'm reminded of that ad: Where's the beef?

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Digital Life
12:00 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Truth And The World Of Wikipedia Gatekeepers

Wikipedia is the go-to source for succinct information on almost every topic imaginable. It strives to reflect neutral truths that can be verified by reliable sources. The site, known as "The Free Encyclopedia" is written and edited by volunteers.

Movie Interviews
1:02 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

'If A Tree Falls' Explains Earth Liberation Front's Rise

In January 2001, members of the Earth Liberation Front were arrested and charged with the arson of the Superior Lumber Co. company in Glendale, Or.
Roy Milburn

In the documentary If A Tree Falls, director Marshall Curry tells the story of the rise and fall of the Earth Liberation Front, a group that the FBI once described as America's number one domestic terrorism threat. The film has been nominated for an Academy Award.

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