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From the battle between Joseph McCarthy and Edward R. Murrow, to terrorism and oil in the Middle East, the recent films coming out of Hollywood seem like a throwback to the days of the politically charged Network and China Syndrome. Just a year or two ago, Good Night and Good Luck or Syriana might have been called un-American. Not today. Steven Spielberg's Munich, which opened just a week ago, has already prompted an outpouring of reactions to its tale of Israeli revenge against terrorists who took the lives of eleven Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics. Why are so many -issue- films reaching the big screen? Are the issues being raised causing controversy or sparking serious discussion? Sara Terry guest hosts.
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Guest host Sara Terry is an award-winning writer and photographer, Her latest photo-documentary project is Aftermath: Bosnia's Long Road to Peace Recently released movies discussed in today's segment:
  • Syriana
  • Good Night and Good Luck
  • Munich
  • Constant Gardener
  • North Country
  • Dana Priest's Washington Post article on new furor over covert CIA program

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