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NBC anchor Brian Williams’ has apologized for fabricating facts around a reporting trip he made to Iraq 12 years ago. We start with a look at how memories form and why they’re less reliable than we like to think. Then, Amy Pascal is out as co-chair of Sony Pictures. What’s next for the studio? In other entertainment news, the author of the book Gravity is suing Warner Brothers over the film of the same name. Could her case have implications for other writers? In our weekly film segment, our critics take stock of an action-packed space epic, a swords-and-dragons coming-of-age story, and the latest SpongeBob installment. And finally, we hear from a writer who’s critical of the NFL’s anti-domestic violence campaign.

Banner Photo Credit: Peabody Awards

Producers:
Andrew Walsh
Christian Bordal
Matt Holzman
Jolie Myers
Anna Scott

Brian's Brain 10 MIN, 37 SEC

NBC’s Brian Williams has apologized for fabricating an experience he had reporting in Iraq 12 years ago. For years, he said his helicopter was hit by enemy fire, but admitted this week that it wasn’t. Williams claims his memories got “bungled,” and he made a mistake. And in fact, science says our memories are more suggestible and less reliable than we like to think. We hear from a researcher who specializes in how our brains mislead us.

Guests:
Daniel Simons, Co-Author of "The Invisible Gorilla" (@profsimons)

Pascal Out, What’s Next for Sony? 7 MIN, 39 SEC

It seemed like only a matter of time before someone would lose their job after hackers turned Sony Pictures upside down late last year. That someone is the studio’s co-chair Amy Pascal. She was the executive ultimately responsible for The Interview, the movie at the center of the cyberattack. Pascal will now be a producer on the lot. She started at the studio in 1988 and she’s had the top job for the last 9 years. So what’s next for Sony?

Guests:
Kim Masters, host, 'The Business' (@kimmasters)

"Gravity" Lawsuit 7 MIN, 12 SEC

In 1999, a book called Gravity came out. In the book, a biohazard wipes out all the astronauts on the space station, except one woman. A rescue attempt ends in catastrophe, and the space station is left dangerously crippled. New Line bought the film rights, and then was taken over by Warner Brothers. In 2013, Warner Brothers released a film called Gravity. Warner Brothers say the two projects are completely unrelated. But the author, Tess Gerritsen, is suing. What’s her case, and what does it mean for other writers?

Guests:
Ted Johnson, Variety (@tedstew)

Crazy Sci-Fi, SpongeBob, and More New Releases 14 MIN, 5 SEC

There’s something for everyone at the movies this weekend. In our film roundup, critics hash out the pros and cons of Jupiter Ascending, SpongeBob, and Seventh Son.

Guests:
Dave White, Film Critic (@dlelandwhite)
Alonso Duralde, Film Critic (@ADuralde)

The NFL on Domestic Abuse 8 MIN, 11 SEC

Last Sunday during the Super Bowl, the NFL aired a chilling Public Service Announcement about domestic violence. The camera shows images of the interior of a house, where it looks like a fight just happened, and you can hear the voice of a 911 dispatcher talking to a woman who’s pretending to order a pizza so her abuser won’t know who she’s really calling. The PSA got a lot of attention, and the NFL got a lot of praise for it. But writer Diana Moskovitz has been looking into the NFL’s anti-domestic violence campaign, and she’s not impressed.

Guests:
Diana Moskovitz, Deadspin (@dianamoskovitz)

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