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Listen to a collection of audio segments and stories related to the 2012 Academy Awards.

Listen to a collection of audio segments and stories related to the 2012 Academy Awards.
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Listen to a collection of audio segments and stories related to the 2012 Academy Awards.




The Culture Gabfest: Stupid and Contagious

Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the Kurt Cobain documentary Montage of Heck, the lure of boxing with Seth Stevenson, and Dad Bods. The Slate Culture Gabfest is sponsored by Selma, the Academy Award winning film now available on Blu-ray combo pack and DVD. Selma tells the incredible true story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic effort to ensure voting rights for all Americans, from Paramount Pictures and rated PG-13. And by The Honest Company, featuring safe...


The Culture Gabfest: Decapitated Swan Dress Edition

Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens along with Carl Wilson review the Oscars, Bjork's latest album, and weigh in on the audiophile debate.

Small Batch: The 2015 Oscars

In this small batch edition of Pop Culture Happy Hour, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson wrap up the The 87th Annual Academy Awards.


Oscars Get Political, As Acceptance Speeches Wade Into Social Issues

At the Academy Awards, many of the big winners were expected — but the ceremony drew energy from their speeches, which addressed a gamut of issues, from equal pay for women to immigration.


'Birdman,' Julianne Moore, Eddie Redmayne Win Biz Oscar Prizes

Birdman was named best picture at the 87th Annual Academy Awards. Julianne Moore won best actress for her work in Still Alice, and Eddie Redmayne won best actor in The Theory of Everything.


The 2015 Oscars Omnibus

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Bob Mondello sit down for the anual Oscars Omnibus. They'll talk about the nine best picture nominations--will Birdman, Boyhood, or another film take home an Academy Award for best picture? All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.


02-20-2015- Morning Report- Who are you wearing, and how much did they pay

Airing on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015: As part of its wage initiative, Wal-Mart is giving more of its workers fixed schedules. Having a fixed schedule, rather than being on call, has many advantages for low-wage workers. Like, you can schedule a second job. Plus, with the Oscars coming up this weekend, we take a look at the economy of the red carpet.


We Interrupt Our Regularly Scheduled Program To Bring You This Message

Unfortunatley the Oscars Omnibus will arrive late in your podcast feeds. Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson explain why.


The Oscar Nominees Are In; The Shanghai DVD Sellers Are Stocking Up

The Academy Awards are coming this month and if you're still trying to see all the nominated films, it may be easier to find them in China than the U.S. As long as you don't mind the pirated version.


Jane The Virgin, The Boy Next Door, And Erotic Thrillers

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson, and Barrie Hardymon discuss Jane The Virgin. Then they'll talk about The Boy Next Door and other erotic thrillers. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.**Pop Culture Happy LIVE: The Oscars Omnibus Featuring Bob Mondello**When: Tuesday February 17th, 2015 at 7:00pmWhere: Studio 1, NPR Headquarters, 1111 North Capitol Street NE, Washington, DC 20002Tickets go on sale February 3rd at 12PM ET at...


How the Oscars’ lack of diversity reflects who runs Hollywood

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioRELATED LINKSRita Moreno reflects on life as an entertainer, stereotype roles in Hollywood Director Ava DuVernay on sharing the story of ‘Selma’ and deconstructing American heros Two film critics take a look at 2014’s best movies GWEN IFILL: It took only minutes after this years Oscar nominations were announced this morning for the criticism to begin. Much of the reaction centered on what was missing, namely, diversity among nominees for actor, actress,...


Actress Luise Rainer Made Hollywood History — Then Walked Away

Luise Rainer was the first person to win back-to-back Academy Awards (in 1936 for The Great Ziegfield and 1937 for The Good Earth). Ranier died Monday at her home in London. She was 104 years old.


He Turned Classic Books Into Oscar Winners — And Hit-Singer Into Nemesis

Saul Zaentz only made a dozen films, but three of them won Best Picture Academy Awards. As a record label owner, his biggest success — and worst relationship — was with Creedence Clearwater Revival.


Remembering Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, a ‘spiritual leader for goo

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioRELATED LINKSCharacter above all: BEN BRADLEE Legendary Watergate editor Ben Bradlee dies at 93 Newspaper Editor Ben Bradlee Discusses Career, Journalism Quinn Bradlee Talks About Life with Learning Disability JUDY WOODRUFF: Now, we remember one of the nations most revered newsmen. Ben Bradlee was 93 when he died of natural causes yesterday at his home in Washington. He left his mark as the steward of the principal newspaper in the nations capital, spanning...


Danny Aiello: "I Only Know Who I Am When I'm Somebody Else"

Actor Danny Aiello has appeared in more than 85 films, including “Moonstruck” and “Godfather II.” He received an Academy Award nomination for his role as the embattled pizzeria owner Sal in Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing.” But Aiello never had any formal acting training. In a new memoir, Aiello says he has always felt like an outsider in Hollywood. Born in the 1930s, Aiello grew up one of seven children in the tenements of New York City and worked as a shoeshine boy and pool hustler....


From stutterer to star: How James Earl Jones found his voice

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioJAMES EARL JONES: 1, 2… I was to stand there, say the 10 numbers. 4, 5… and then fall over fall flat over. That was exiting. And the kids liked that, too. Thats the one thing they remember— 9, 10 JEFF BROWN:In 1969 James Earl Jones was the first celebrity guest to appear on Sesame Street. Since then he has lent his voice to some of the most recognizable characters in popular culture. LUKE SKYWALKER: He told me you killed him. DARTH VADER: No. I am your...


Legendary Actor Lord Richard Attenborough Dies At 90

Lord Richard Attenborough, the acclaimed actor and Oscar-winning director died Sunday. He forged a lengthy acting career. As a director, he was known for Gandhi, for which he won two Academy Awards.


Hollywood, Broadway Icon Lauren Bacall Dies At 89

Award-winning actress Lauren Bacall was Humphrey Bogart's partner on and off the screen. She was nominated for an Academy Award, won two Tony Awards and received an honorary Oscar in 2009.


Former Burmese movie star finds leading role as activist

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioGWEN IFILL: Finally tonight: one mans story of transformation. It comes from Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma, where, until recently, a military government denied political freedoms and kept it closed from the outside world. Jeffrey Brown traveled there recently. Heres the last of his reports. RELATED LINKSInside Myanmar’s transition from isolation to openness Will development overshadow Myanmar’s rich cultural history? Is culture at risk in...


The Gist: Smithies Dis Chris, Coaches Corner

On todays episode, Mike Pesca talks with Cathy ONeil about the protest at Smith College that resulted in the withdrawal of IMF head Christine Lagarde as graduation speaker. Then, a wide ranging conversation between Ed Dunn, the coach featured in the new documentary We Could be King, and Bill Courtney, the coach from the Academy Award winning doc Undefeated.