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We start today with our weekly television roundup and recap last night’s lackluster Oscar show. Then, President Obama says the U.S. will help Iraqi soldiers take back the city of Mosul from the terrorist group ISIS. Good idea/bad idea? Next, Madeleine talks to the filmmakers behind the new HBO miniseries The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, a six-part documentary about a billionaire New York real estate heir who’s been suspected but never convicted in three murders. And finally, we hear from one of the reporters behind a New York Times investigation into research funding for a leading climate change denier.

Banner Image: Neil Patrick Harris Hosts the 87th Academy Awards

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Matt Holzman
Jolie Myers
Anna Scott

TV: Oscars Fall Flat 12 MIN, 19 SEC

Several of the winners at last night’s Oscars injected politics into their speeches, getting mixed reactions. The losers, on the other hand, included not only snubbed films but also the audience. The show itself was kind of a stinker. We talk about the highs, the lows, and other small screen news from the week in our weekly television roundup.

Guests:
Michael Schneider, Indiewire / Variety (@Franklinavenue)
Linda Holmes, NPR (@nprmonkeysee)

Retaking Mosul 13 MIN, 25 SEC

As much as President Obama would like to say the case is closed on Iraq, he can’t yet. ISIS now has a strong presence in the country, including controlling Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul. Last week, the White House announced that the U.S. will help Iraqi soldiers take back the city of Mosul from the terrorist group. Will that mean American boots on the ground? And what happens after that?

Guests:
Ali Khedery, Dragoman Partners (@akhedery)

More:
Iran’s Shiite Militias Are Running Amok in Iraq

'The Jinx' 13 MIN, 57 SEC

Five years ago, director Andrew Jarecki and producer Marc Smerling came out with a movie based on the life of billionaire New York real estate heir Robert Durst, who’s been suspected but never convicted of three murders. After their film, All Good Things, was released, they got an unexpected phone call: it was Durst -- the real Durst -- offering himself up for a first-ever interview about his life and alleged crimes. They took him up on it, and the result is The Jinx, a six-part HBO series that started on February 8th. We talk to the filmmakers about their experience making the project.

Guests:
Andrew Jarecki, Director, 'All Good Things'
Marc Smerling, Director of photography and co-producer of “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.”

The Economics of Climate Change Denial 7 MIN, 14 SEC

Wei-Hock Soon, a scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, is a leading global warming skeptic. His work has been used by pundits and politicians alike to deny the existence of man-made climate change. He says global warming is caused by the sun, not humans. But documents obtained by Greenpeace show that Soon has received more than $1 million in research funding from oil and coal companies, which he’s never disclosed when publishing his research. We find out just how influential Soon is, and how well-funded.

Guests:
John Schwartz, New York Times (@jswatz)

More:
Deeper Ties to Corporate Cash for Doubtful Climate Researcher

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