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  • 12 minutes 40 seconds
    25 years on, 'Boys Don't Cry' remains a milestone in trans cinema
    As part of his ongoing look at groundbreaking films from 1999, host Scott Detrow speaks with Kimberly Peirce, the writer-director of Boys Don't Cry.

    The film starred Hillary Swank, who won an Oscar for her portrayal of Brandon Teena, a young transgender man searching for himself and love in Nebraska.

    Peirce talks about the challenges she faced in getting the movie made and her efforts to find a transgender man to play the lead role in the film.

    Detrow also speaks with critic Willow Catelyn Maclay, who sees the film's legacy as complicated.

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    16 June 2024, 9:26 pm
  • 10 minutes 19 seconds
    Could the U.K. election mean an off-ramp from personality politics?
    As the U.K. gears up for a July election, polls show the liberal Labour Party ahead of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's Conservatives by a hefty margin.

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    14 June 2024, 9:42 pm
  • 9 minutes 28 seconds
    When it comes to the Israel-Gaza war, the split in opinion is generational
    After the October 7 attack by Hamas on Israel that killed more than 1,100 people, President Joe Biden expressed America's backing for its Middle Eastern ally.

    But that same month, polls showed that support for Israel among American voters was not unwavering. And that, in fact, support was split across generations.

    That split between young voters poured out into the streets in November. Two big marches – one organized by pro-Palestinian groups and one by pro-Israeli groups – occurred in Washington.

    Whether or not Joe Biden gets re-elected in 2024 will depend a lot on if he can repeat his 2020 success with young voters. But a split over U.S. support for Israel may get in his way.

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    13 June 2024, 9:33 pm
  • 15 minutes 16 seconds
    What a second Biden or Trump presidency could mean for American allies and foes
    America is facing two very different futures on the world stage after November.

    If former President Trump wins, he's promised to fundamentally re-evaluate the NATO alliance, reshape global trade and overhaul the Pentagon, State Department and intelligence agencies.

    He's largely avoided explaining how he'd handle the conflicts in Europe and the Middle East, yet says he can settle the war in Ukraine in 24 hours.

    Meanwhile, if President Biden wins, he's signaled his commitment to fight global threats to peace and freedom, and he's vowed to continue to help Ukraine and Israel fight in their respective wars.

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    12 June 2024, 8:13 pm
  • 13 minutes 31 seconds
    Does artificial intelligence deliver immortality?
    Michael Bommer likely only has a few weeks left to live. A couple years ago, he was diagnosed with terminal colon cancer.

    Then, an opportunity arose to build an interactive artificial intelligence version of himself through a friend's company, Eternos.Life, so his wife, Anett, can interact with him after he dies.

    More and more people are turning to artificial intelligence to create digital memorials of themselves.

    Meanwhile Katarzyna Nowaczyk-Basińska, a research associate at the University of Cambridge, has been studying the field of "digital death" for nearly a decade, and says using artificial intelligence after death is one big "techno-cultural experiment" because we don't yet know how people will respond to it.

    Artificial intelligence has opened the door for us to "live on" after we die. Just because we can, should we?

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    11 June 2024, 11:24 pm
  • 10 minutes 5 seconds
    Can the U.S. force a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas?
    On Saturday, Israeli special forces rescued four hostages held by Hamas in Gaza, killing at least 270 Palestinians and injuring hundreds in the process.

    The rescue of the hostages was a moment of triumph for the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but he didn't have long to bask in it.

    Benny Gantz, a centrist member of Israel's unity war cabinet, announced his resignation on Sunday, over Netanyahu's management of the war in Gaza. After Gantz's resignation, Netanyahu will be even more reliant on far-right members of his coalition, who have vocally opposed efforts to broker a cease-fire.

    The U.S. continues to push a cease-fire proposal outlined last month, and on Monday the U.N. Security council passed a U.S.-drafted resolution supporting that deal.

    NPR's Michele Kelemen and Daniel Estrin help us get a sense of what this weekend's events might mean for the war and its ending.

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    10 June 2024, 11:01 pm
  • 9 minutes 11 seconds
    COVID funding is ending for schools. What will it mean for students?
    Billions of dollars in federal COVID funding is set to expire for K-12 schools.

    Educators across the country say the extra money helped students catch up, and plenty of students still need that support.

    Some schools say losing the the money, received over the last few years, will lead to cancelation of crucial programs, budget cutbacks and possible layoffs.

    NPR's Scott Detrow speaks with Wall Street Journal education reporter Matt Barnum about the impact of expiring federal funds on schools across the country.

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    9 June 2024, 8:17 pm
  • 11 minutes 41 seconds
    'Double disapprovers' could decide the election. Here's what they say
    With the presidential election approaching, some voters are wondering how we again ended up with Donald Trump and Joe Biden as the presumptive nominees.

    Recent focus groups with swing voters put into words why some people are turning away from the main candidates, and polling gives us an insight into what this could mean in November.

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    7 June 2024, 8:31 pm
  • 9 minutes 52 seconds
    The state of Hamas on 3 fronts: troops, governance and narrative
    Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the war in Gaza can't end until Israel has destroyed Hamas.

    NPR's reporting from Israel and Gaza suggests that goal is still a long way off.

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    6 June 2024, 9:35 pm
  • 14 minutes 32 seconds
    Hollywood flips the script in the new movie 'Ezra'
    'Ezra' is a road trip movie, a movie about fathers and sons.

    Bobby Cannavale plays the father Max, and he hasn't quite figured out what his son Ezra's autism diagnosis means for their life together.

    The movie draws on the real experiences of screenwriter Tony Spiridakis. William A. Fitzgerald, who plays Ezra. And associate producer Alex Plank also has autism, and is the founder of wrongplanet.net. Many members of the cast and crew are neurodivergent, or have neurodivergent family members.

    Hollywood hasn't always gotten it right when it comes to portraying neurodivergent people on screen. The new movie 'Ezra' is flipping the script.

    NPR's Juana Summers speaks with screenwriter Tony Spiridakis and producer Alex Plank.

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    5 June 2024, 11:18 pm
  • 8 minutes 58 seconds
    What will life look like for jurors after the Trump trial?
    The 12 New Yorkers who served on the jury for former president Donald Trump's trial, and voted to convict him om 34 counts of falsified business records, have not had their identities disclosed publicly to protect their privacy.

    But now the trial is over, and they are likely returning back to normal life. So, will they reveal themselves to the public? And what risks do they encounter in doing so?

    In this episode we take a look at what other public figures who have gone up against Trump have faced from his supporters, and what those jurors could stand to gain from sharing their stories.

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    4 June 2024, 9:13 pm
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