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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: 'Apollo 11' director Todd Douglas Miller

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Bullseye
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Todd Douglas Miller

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Todd Douglas Miller on his new film 'Apollo 11'

There aren't many events in American history more covered in film than the moon landing. You know the story. Neil Armstrong landed the U.S. Apollo Lunar Module Eagle and stepped out first. Then, Buzz Aldrin touched down on the moon’s surface 19 minutes later. But you've never seen anything quite like the new documentary "Apollo 11."

The film is a monumental achievement in filmmaking. It uses never before seen archival footage to tell the amazing tale. There's no narration. No interviews. All images and voices from the mission guide us through the journey. We'll chat with director Todd Douglas Miller about the stunning new film. He'll give us behind the scenes look at what it was like to browse hundreds of hours of footage from the 1960's to tell the incredible story.

Switchblade Sisters Episode 69: 'Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me' with 'Shirkers' Director Sandi Tan

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Sandi Tan

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

Born in Singapore, Sandi began her career as a film critic at The Straits Times, Singapore’s largest newspaper. She then threw that all away to run off to film school at Columbia University. Sandi most recently wrote, directed, produced, and co-edited Shirkers (2018) which won the World Cinema Documentary Directing Award after its Sundance 2018 premiere. It was picked up as a Netflix Original Documentary and was on the shortlist for the 2019 Best Documentary Academy award. Shirkers reconstructs the story of an unfinished feature film Sandi made as a teenager using actual footage from the film combined with personal interrogations exploring how exactly the film came to be before it went missing.

The movie that Sandi chose to discuss this week is David Lynch's Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me. Although this film may not seem to have much to do with her own film, Shirkers, throughout the conversation she and April discover a great deal of overlap. Both movies are steeped in murder, reconciling the past, and mysterious disappearing male figures. Sandi details the incredible story of how she came to make the documentary. And she and April explore the intuitive filmmaking of David Lynch, and why he wanted to tell Laura Palmer's side of the story.

You can watch Shirkers on Netflix.

If you haven't seen it yet, go watch Twin Peaks: Fire Walks with Me.

With April Wolfe and Sandi Tan.

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Switchblade Sisters Episode 63: 'The Lure' with 'Abducted in Plain Sight' Director Skye Borgman

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Skye Borgman

The Lure

We are so lucky to have on the program this week, cinematographer and director Skye Borgman. Her most recent documentary, Abducted in Plain Sight, follows the story of a young girl in a tight-knit LDS community, who is abducted twice by her neighbor and parent's best friend. It's an intense and serious film, which makes Skye's chosen genre movie all the more interesting. She has decided to discuss 2015's Polish, horror, mermaid musical, The Lure. She and April pinpoint how this film is able to deftly deliver harsh truths about female sexualization within the framework of a mythic fairytale. The two also marvel at the director Agnieszka Smoczynska, and what she was able to do in terms of pushing the limits of the mermaid's fin designs. Skye also touches upon working with the Broberg family on her doc, and how she was able to get them to discuss incredibly difficult subjects like pedophilia and child abuse.

You can see Abducted in Plain Sight on Netflix.

If you haven't seen it yet, go watch The Lure.

With April Wolfe and Skye Borgman.

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Beef And Dairy Network Podcast - Episode 42 - The Ballad Of Parsnip Flendercroft

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Freya Parker
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Mike Wozniak
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Max Davis
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Jenny Laville
Guests: 
Mike Shephard
Guests: 
Tom Crowley
Guests: 
Gemma Arrowsmith
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Henry Paker

Freya Parker, Mike Wozniak, Max Davis, Jenny Laville, Henry Paker, Mike Shephard, Tom Crowley and Gemma Arrowsmith join in for this special documentary about former Bovine Farmers' Union bursar Parsnip Flendercroft.

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“Kitten” “Por Supuesto” “Morels”
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MKEP148: Vote and Read For Your LIFE! (Midterms or Bust, Fahrenheit 11/9, Michael More, Children's Books on Consent, Jane Fonda, Insecure)

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Minority Korner

Insecure just ended it's season and the duo can barely believe it. Give that show more episodes, dammit! James watched the HBO documentary on Jane Fonda and was reminded why he loved her so much. Such an amazing life! Nnekay could relate since she watched the recent Quincy Jones Documentary. It's wonderful to honor our heroes while they are alive. Nnekay found a new video game called Supreme Courtship... about dating justices... which is as problematic as you would think it is. In the Korners- James is Getting us pumped for this November with ALL the facts on why it is truly important and necessary to make sure we all get out there and VOTE. He breaks down the Michael Moore Film 11/9 and how this could be the possible end to our democracy. Nnekay has a another great book list for you- this time on how to teach your children about consent and help curb toxic masculinity. Let's get to it!!!

https://kotaku.com/video-game-about-dating-supreme-court-justices-has-a-...

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/07/09/five-ways-republicans-...

https://www.shondaland.com/act/a14765925/helping-with-2018-midterm-elect...

https://www-popsugar-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/www.popsugar.com/news/Ho...

http://time.com/5389711/black-women-voters-2018-midterms/

Learning voter registration guides in yoru city: https://vote.gov/

https://www.rockthevote.org/action-center/host-your-own-event/

https://ballotpedia.org/Sample_Ballot_Lookup

http://www.booksforlittles.com/toxic-masculinity/

https://www.amazon.com/Tough-Guys-Have-Feelings-Too/dp/1909263664/ref=as...

https://www.amazon.com/Real-Cowboys-Kate-Hoefler/dp/0544148924/ref=as_li...

https://www.amazon.com/Like-When/dp/0152056491/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&q...

https://www.amazon.com/Elwood-Bigfoot-Wanted-Birdie-Friends/dp/145490879...

https://www.amazon.com/Little-Robot-Ben-Hatke/dp/1626720800/ref=as_li_ss...

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Switchblade Sisters Episode 48: 'Matilda' with Documentary Producer Erikka Yancy

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April Wolfe
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Erikka Yancy

Matilda

This week we are very lucky to have the prolific documentary producer Erikka Yancy on the program. The movie she chose to discuss is the beloved 1996 film Matilda. Erikka discusses her documentary career and what is like having to do research for films with such dark subject matter. She goes on to talk about having to go through footage from 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, and how it's still important to offer some hope in even the most depressing of films. She also elaborates on her love for the movie Matilda and how it is rooted in the fact that the parents are so mean to the main character. April and her cover the directing career of Danny Devito and the history behind his production company Jersey Films. Plus, Erikka talks about the character of Lavender, and how having the representation of a black character is so vital to her enjoyment of the film. If you love this movie, you will love this conversation.

You can watch Erikka's film Homegrown: The Counter-Terror Dilemma on HBO.

And if you haven't seen it yet, go watch Matilda

With April Wolfe with Erikka Yancy

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MKEP144: Respect For Anita (Anita Hill, Colin Kaepernick, Nike, Whitney Houston)

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Minority Korner

Reeling from the outrage about Kaepernick's feature in Nike's new campaign, the duo discusses... is Nike doing good or is it more complicated than that?! Also they are dissecting Whitney Houston's documentary, the tragedy that she went through and why we gotta give her more respect. The main korner for the show is Anita Hill, the precursor to the #metoo movement, James breaks down everything we might not know or have forgotten about her story and everything she went through during the confirmation of Clarence Thomas. Also- who's a better actor Whitney Houston or Halle Berry?

Links!
https://www.theroot.com/anita-hill-on-the-weinstein-scandal-this-type-of...

https://www.theroot.com/what-has-been-the-impact-of-anita-hill-1790866460

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/02/the-case-for-impeaching-cla...

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/anita-hill-and-her-199...

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Inside Pop Ep. 133- Shining a Light on Cinematography: A Conversation with Graham Willoughby

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Inside Pop
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Graham Willoughby

If you've ever been struck by the beauty that fills the screen while watching a particular film or television show you have the cinematographer to thank. The cinematographer - or Director of Photography - is responsible for helping the director achieve their vision; and whether the goal is to create an eye catching effect or to simply make natural light look 'natural' on film, the cinematographer commands a unique combination of creative intuition and technical expertise to achieve success.

This week- Amita and Sean speak with Graham Willoughby, the cinematographer of a number of incredible documentaries including the Oscar winning 20 Feet from Stardom and the hit doc of the summer, Won't You Be My Neighbor? Graham discusses the road that led him to be one of the most sought after non-fiction DPs working today. He also discusses television projects he has worked on (Abstract, Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas) and how he manages to work in a number of different genres including music, biography and comedy.

And in the latest Big Sell, Amita reviews the Frank Ocean-centric podcast Dissect and Big Sells Sean a song and video combo by the group Ibeyi.

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Inside Pop Ep. 128- Luke Cage Season 2, Won't You Be My Neighbor

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We're heading straight to Harlem for this special Luke Cage edition of Inside Pop. We've seen the second season of Marvel's Luke Cage and we're bringing you an exclusive preview of the first two episodes. We'll also provide some fascinating behind the scenes info about the show's music and production crew and theorize why vocal fans of the first season may have inspired the more volatile Season 2 Luke Cage. Plus, we question why we're anti-shipping Mariah and Shades.

Then, Amita reviews the new documentary, Won't You Be My Neighbor, about legendary children's TV host Fred Rogers.

Plus, we have a brand new Big Sell that tackles one of the ugliest, and sadly most prevalent problems in Hollywood.

Fans of Luke Cage will want to check out our interview with showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker.

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Pop Rocket Ep. 177: The Passport Edition

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Guy, Karen, Katherine
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Pop Rocket
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Katherine Spiers
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Karen Tongson
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler

This week, Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler and Karen Tongson are joined by Katherine Spiers, host of the podcast Smart Mouth, which asks people about their favorite foods. The gang will discuss international travel and all the best things that come from it, including people, food and pop culture.

Katherine is all about the actress Jameela Jamil, who criticized Kim Kardashian for advertising appetite suppressing lolly-pops, in spite of the wrath that Jamil may incur. Margaret is all about the first episode of Patrick Melrose, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as a heroine addicted man whose life is hard to watch, but who is so strongly portrayed that it’s hard to look away. Guy is all about the Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary RBG, which he hopes will finally help people understand why she was such an important woman. Karen is all about the the recent series finales, even the ones for shows that aren’t confirmed to return and ended on huge cliffhangers like NBC’s Timeless.

It’s going to be Summer soon and that means peak travel season is almost here! The panel will discuss some of their favorite places to travel abroad, what they look for when they have two weeks to spend in a new location and

With Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler, Karen Tongson and Katherine Spiers .

That’s My Jam:

Katherine Spiers - Charlie Puth - Done For Me.

Karen Tongson- Backstreet Boys - Don’t go Breaking My Hear

Margaret Wappler - Henry Green - Something.

Guy Branum The We Knows Parenting podcast.

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