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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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The Real Birdwatchers Behind Hollywood's 'Big Year'

On Weekend Edition Sunday, a story of feathers and film as a real-life birdwatcher tells some of the stories behind the new film The Big Year.
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Being Bartman: 'Catching Hell' Tells Cubs Fan's Story

Steve Bartman deflected a foul ball during a playoff game in 2003. The Chicago Cubs went on to lose that game, and Bartman's fellow fans vilified him. A new documentary asks whether Bartman can forgive those fans for making him a scapegoat.
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Remakes Rethink: Is Hollywood Really Out Of Ideas?

It's been a big year for Hollywood remakes — more than a dozen, not counting sequels. But is that always a bad thing? Critic Bob Mondello points out that painters, musicians and playwrights get new mileage out of old ideas — and argues that filmmakers often do too.

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