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Today on Press Play, Congress still hasn’t passed an immigration border bill. House Republicans withdrew a funding bill yesterday. Can they make it happen today? Will it be DOA with Democrats? Did Congress get anything done this session? Is there a suicide gene, and could it lead to a suicide blood test? In our weekly film round-up, Marvel’s latest, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and a James Brown biopic, “Get On Up.” And the cost of marketing movies is exploding: how much do you need to spend to get the word out...around the world?

Banner Image: US Border warning sign, by Makaristos

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

Congressional Inaction on Immigration 9 MIN, 50 SEC

With Congress about to go on break for five weeks, President Obama still doesn't have the funding bill he asked for to tackle the immigration issue at the border. House Republicans called for - and then cancelled - a vote on a funding bill yesterday. But can they make it happen today? And is the collapse of the vote yesterday a sign of Tea Party resurgence? And what does the inaction say about new House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy?

Guests:
Derek Wallbank, House of Representatives reporter for Bloomberg (@@DWallbank)

Congressional Action Elsewhere 6 MIN, 8 SEC

The immigration debate has eclipsed the fact that some important legislation DID pass this week. Things like Veterans Affairs reform and a new highway transportation bill managed to make it out of the House. So is it unfair to call this Congress a “do-nothing” Congress? 

Guests:
Ben Pershing, Washington Editor for the National Journal (@benpershing)

The Suicide Gene 9 MIN, 34 SEC

Imagine being able to prevent just one of the roughly 40,000 suicides that happen every year in the US. That possibility is a little closer to reality thanks to a new study published in The American Journal of Psychiatry.The study looked at a gene that helps regulate cortisol, and found some people who committed suicide had a mutated version of this gene. This could lead to a suicide blood test.

Guests:
Zachary Kaminski, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University

More:
A blood test for suicide risk? Alterations to a single gene could predict risk of suicide attempt

Movie Roundup: Biopics and Superheros 13 MIN, 33 SEC

Marvel’s pretty much printing money these days with all of their movie efforts. Will “Guardians of the Galaxy follow suit? And a James Brown biopic hits theaters this weekend. What’s the secret to making a great biopic? All the new releases, and some casting news as well in this week’s Movie Roundup.

Guests:
Kristian Harloff, Schmoes Know (@KristianHarloff)
Matt Atchity, Rotten Tomatoes (@Matchity)

Movie Marketing Explosion 8 MIN, 17 SEC

The cost to market movies is exploding: it’s now common for blockbusters to have marketing budgets of well over $200,000,000. But in a world of ballooning marketing budgets, have studios backed themselves into a corner? If they have to spend that much to get the word out about a movie, will studios be forced to make fewer movies?

Guests:
Mark Gill, President of Millenium Films

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