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We start the show by discussing why there has been so much violence committed around the world in the name of Islam, including the shooting at Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris this week. Then, the story of a man who believes he’s haunted by the ghost of Montgomery Clift. In our weekly film roundup, we navigate the January doldrums of the cinema. And finally, a fight is brewing over L.A.’s iconic Hollywood sign.

Banner Image: Hollywood-Sign in Hollywood/Los Angeles USA

Violence, Religion and Islam 9 MIN, 7 SEC

The two brothers who are the main suspects in the deadly shooting of 12 people at the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo were killed by police this morning. Also today, reports emerged that the Islamic militant group Boko Haram killed hundreds, perhaps thousands, this week in the town of Baga in northeast Nigeria. These and other recent incidents have people within and outside the Muslim community questioning why so much violence is being committed in the name of Islam. Why don’t we see this connection with other religions? Or do we? 

George Packer, New Yorker (@newyorker)
Reza Aslan, University of California, Riverside (@rezaaslan‎)

The Blame for the Charlie Hebdo Murders
Bill Maher Isn’t the Only One Who Misunderstands Religion

Haunted by the Ghost of Montgomery Clift 11 MIN, 14 SEC

We all have our demons: ghosts from our past that haunt us. But for Craig Chester, his ghost is a little different. Craig is an actor, writer, and director based here in L.A. and he seems like a pretty smart, funny, and grounded guy. But a series of events lead him to believe that he was being followed around by the ghost of actor Montgomery Clift. His fascinating and troubling story is the subject of KCRW’s latest episode of “Unfictional.”

Bob Carlson, host and producer, 'UnFictional'

Enter the Dead Zone 11 MIN, 2 SEC

Award-bait season is over, and we have officially entered the movie dead zone that is January. You could spend the next month catching up on the Oscar buzzy movies that came out in December. But if that’s not of interest, we’ll fill you in on the new releases and movie news in our weekly film segment.

Alicia Malone, host of Turner Classic Movies and FilmStruck (@aliciamalone)
William Bibbiani, co-hosts the podcasts Canceled Too Soon and Critically Acclaimed. (@williambibbiani)

A Battle Over the Hollywood Sign 7 MIN, 32 SEC

Back in 1923, a real estate company erected a huge sign in the Hollywood Hills. It advertised parcels of real estate called “Hollywoodland.” Now, the “land” is gone from the sign, which has become an international landmark. But for some nearby residents, the Hollywood sign is just a magnet for noisy, destructive tourists. We get up to speed on the controversy over access to it.

Gary Baum, Hollywood Reporter (@garymbaum)

War Over Hollywood Sign Pits Wealthy Residents Against Urinating Tourists: "One of These Days Someone Will Get Shot"

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