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Before Fighting Atop A Moving Train, Some Things To Consider

Commentator Brian McConnachie — a former SNL writer and an actor in 15 films — takes on a topic no one else dares to discuss: the dynamics of fighting on the roof of moving railroad trains. There's great concern for hats blowing off.
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'The Big Short' Puts A Suspenseful, Comic Spin On The 2008 Financial Meltdown

Adam McKay lampoons the financiers who contributed to the collapse of the subprime mortgage market in his new film, The Big Short. Critic David Edelstein calls it "one of the best films of the year."
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'Big Short' Is A Funny Movie About 2008's Housing Market Collapse

Directed by Adam McKay, and based on Michael Lewis' book about the economic meltdown, The Big Short stars Brad Pitt. The film contains so much information and comedy, it would be fun to see it twice.
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Remembering Holly Woodlawn, Muse To Lou Reed's 'Wild Side'

Woodlawn, the transgender woman who inspired the first verse of Reed's 1973 hit "Walk on the Wild Side," died of cancer Sunday. She was 69. Originally broadcast in 1991.
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'Chi-Raq' And A Hard Place: What Critics Are Saying About Spike Lee's New Movie

When it comes to problems of violence in Chicago, does Lee's latest help, or hurt? We rounded up some smart takes on the film.
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From 'Scarface' To 'Sopranos': Remembering Character Actor Robert Loggia

Best known for his roles as cops and outlaws, Loggia died Friday from complications related to Alzheimer's disease. He was 85. Originally broadcast in 1987.
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Aristophanes In Chicago: Spike Lee's Ancient Inspiration, On Film

Lee's new film, Chiraq, draws on an ancient idea to deal with the present-day crisis of gun violence in Chicago. Natalie Moore of member station WBEZ explains how.
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Not My Job: We Ask Actor Jeff Daniels About People Named Steve And Their Jobs

Daniels portrays former Apple CEO John Sculley in the new film Steve Jobs. We'll ask Daniels about three other people named Steve, and what they do for a living.
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Moment Of Truth In 'Youth' Hits Home For Actor Harvey Keitel

Harvey Keitel plays a film director spending time at a spa in the Swiss Alps in the movie, "Youth." He talks with NPR's Scott Simon about the production and a chance meeting in Sarajevo, years ago.
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'We Use Music To Understand Where We Are': David Lang On The Music Of 'Youth'

David Lang was tasked with writing music for Michael Caine's character, an elderly composer who gets abruptly called out of retirement.

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