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Philippe Falardeau grew up studying politics and international relations in Canada. But his career path ultimately steered him toward film - an arc that culminated in a nomination for best foreign language film at this year's Academy Awards. He joins us to chat about "Monsieur Lazhar," the story of an Algerian immigrant who becomes a substitute teacher to grief-stricken children in Canada - and the future of the Canadian cinema itself.
One of Maryland's federal lawmakers is behind some new ideas about campaign finance reform that have stalled in Congress, but are being taken up by local legislatures, including D.C.