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'Margin Call' Sheds Light On Wall Street Meltdown

Margin Call is based on the financial collapse of 2008. The firm in the movie is so over-committed to risky real estate loans that it owes more money than the company is worth. The cast includes Kevin Spacey, Demi Moore, Jeremy Irons and Stanley Tucci.
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'Margin Call': A Movie Occupied With Wall Street

This fiscal thriller, starring Kevin Spacey, Zachary Quinto and Demi Moore, is set during one day in 2008, as a group of brokers try to prevent their firm from going belly up. David Edelstein says that given the headlines, the film's timing couldn't be better. (Recommended)
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Reality TV Turning Young Girls Into Fame Monsters?

The new film The Ides of March is getting criticism for how it's portraying a female reporter. Also, the Girl Scouts' new report looks at how 1,000 teen and pre-teen girls across America feel about reality TV. How may all these images affect women and girls' self-percerptions? Michel Martin speaks with the Beauty Shop ladies: Girl Scouts USA's Kimberlee Salmond, The Detroit News TV Critic Mekeisha Madden Toby, and Linda Holmes, who writes and edits NPR's entertainment and pop culture blog.
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'Serving Life': Facing Death, Inmates Find Humanity

Tell Me More continues its series on aging and the end of life by exploring a film about maximum-security prisoners who voluntarily care for ill and dying fellow inmates. The documentary Serving Life is narrated by Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker and directed by journalist Lisa R. Cohen.
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To 'Hell And Back,' With A Marine And His Wife

Sgt. Nathan Harris was part of the unit where photographer-filmmaker Danfung Dennis was embedded in Afghanistan. After Harris was wounded in a firefight, Dennis realized the story of his recovery was inextricable from the story of his war.
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'The Learning': Social Costs Of Teaching Abroad

In the new film The Learning, four teachers leave their close families in the Philippines to work in Baltimore, where wages are up to 25 times higher than what's offered at home. They persist to overcome cultural differences, bring order to classrooms and form meaningful bonds with American students. The film reflects a shift in education — a century ago, Americans set up schools in the Philippines, but U.S. has now been recruiting Filipinos to teach in the states. Michel Martin hears from director Ramona Diaz.
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'The Learning': Foreign Teachers, U.S. Classrooms

For years, American schools have recruited schoolteachers from the Philippines. In a new documentary called, The Learning, filmmaker Ramona Diaz follows four of those teachers on their journey from the Philippines to classrooms in Baltimore.

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