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Week of November 2, 2014

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Cinephilia

November 2, 2014

What is it about certain films, and certain directors, that inspires obsession?  Maybe because these directors are obsessed themselves.  Like the legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog, who hauled a full-scale ship over a mountain.

  1. Room 237 - Manohla Dargis

    "The New York Times" co-chief film critic Manohla Dargis talks about the documentary, "Room 237," which features some fans who are so obsessed with "The Shining" that they've come up with their own creative interpretations of what it's really about.

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  2. Werner Herzog Strives for the 'Ecstatic Truth'

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    The legendary German filmmaker Werner Herzog talks about his career, truth in documentaries, and his constant quest for "the ecstatic truth."

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  3. Frank - Jon Ronson

    Writer Jon Ronson talks about his experience as the keyboard player for Frank Sidebottom's band during the late '80s.  Chris Sievey portrayed Frank by wearing a giant papier mache head on stage.  And off.  Ronson's experiences also inspired the new film, "Frank," which Ronson co-wrote.

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  4. Found Film: John Waters

    John Waters recommends the 1968 Elizabeth Taylor/Richard Burton film, "Boom!"

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  5. On Our Minds: National Novel Writing Month

    It's November, which is "National Novel Writing Month," when thousands of people commit to writing 1,500 words a day.  Young Adult novelist Scott Westerfeld is a big supporter.  His latest book is called "Afterworlds"  and it's about a teenage girl who takes part in "National Novel Writing Month," or NaNoWriMo.

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Ecotopia

November 2, 2014
(was 05.04.2014)

How we think about the environment will have real-world consequences for our children and grandchildren.  Today, we talk about new environmental paradigms for life after climate change.  And, we remember the great environmentalist Rachel Carson on the 50th anniversary of her death.

  1. New Environmental Paradigm - Bill McKibben

    Environmentalist Bill McKibben believes it's time for a new environmental paradigm:  small and local.

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  2. Remembering Rachel Carson - Rob Nixon

    This year marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Rachel Carson, a pioneer of the environmental movement. Rob Nixon holds the Rachel Carson chair in English at the UW-Wisconsin.  He says she was something of a reluctant activist. 

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  3. Living the Ecotopia Dream - Charles Monroe-Kane

    Ernest Callenbach’s “Ecotopia” was the bible of a certain kind of environmental activist, back in the 70’s.  Producer Charles Monroe-Kane was one of them.  He tells us what it was like to try to live the dream. 

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  4. Colors of Nature - Lauret Savoy

    Lauret Savoy believes too many nature writers focus on pristine wilderness and neglect the gritty reality of the places where people actually live - in cities, for instance, maybe even near toxic waste sites.  And writing about these places means grappling with difficult questions about race and poverty. 

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  5. Dangerous Idea: We Are More Significant Than We Think

    Astrophysicist Max Tegmark's Dangerous Idea?  We are more significant than we think.

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  6. On Our Minds: Michael Lewis & Flash Boys

    Michael Lewis joins us to talk about his riveting new account of how high-frequency trading is destroying Wall Street. His new book is "Flash Boys."

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