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POV Podcasts

POV brings a collection of documentary filmmakers, writers, experts, and viewers together for conversations about topics relevant to POV's nonfiction films.

2008 Podcasts

Soldiers of Conscience
Filmmakers Catherine Ryan and Gary Weimberg talk about Soldiers of Conscience, which profiles 8 American soldiers, including four who decide not to kill and become conscientious objectors, and four who believe in their duty to kill if necessary.
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Gary Weimberg

Up the Yangtze - Turning the Lens on China
Filmmakers Yung Chang (Up the Yangtze), Ellen Perry (Great Wall Across the Yangtze) and David Redmon (Mardi Gras: Made in China) talk to independent producer Karin Chien about the challenges and rewards of making documentaries in contemporary China.
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Yung Chang

Critical Condition - The Economics of Health Care in the United States and Abroad
WNYC's Political Director Andrea Bernstein interviews Princeton economist Uwe Reinhardt and filmmaker Roger Weisberg about the candidates' health care plans, the lessons the United States might learn from the experiences of other countries with universal health insurance and how rising health care costs are affecting the U.S. economy.
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Roger Weisberg

In the Family
When Chicago filmmaker Joanna Rudnick tested positive for the "breast cancer gene" at age 27, she knew the information could save her life. The question was what to do about it. Joanna talks about her film, In the Family, which documentts her journey.
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Joanna Rudnick

Critical Condition - Health Care Debate
How would John McCain and Barack Obama reform America's health care system? KCBS reporter Doug Sovern moderated a recent debate held at California's Commonwealth Club to learn how each candidate would approach this looming issue.
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Roger Weisberg

Critical Condition
Critical Condition asks what happens if you fall sick and are one of 47 million people in American without health insurance, and follows four critically ill Americans who are uninsured. Filmmaker Roger Weisberg talks about the process of making the film.
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Roger Weisberg

Calavera Highway
Renee Tajima-Peña and Evangeline Griego talk about their film Calavera Highway, which follows brothers Armando and Carlos Peña, who carry their mother's ashes to Texas in a roadtrip that turns into a quest for answers about their family history.
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Renee Tajima-Pena

Johnny Cash: The Man, His World, His Music
Filmmaker Robert Elfstrom talks about capturing the Man in Black in his 1969 film, Johnny Cash: The Man, His World, His Music.
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Robert Eflstrom

Filmmaker Kazuhiro Soda talks about his film Campaign, which provides a startling insider's view of Japanese democracy through its portrait of a man plucked from obscurity by the ruling party to run for a critical city council seat.
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Kazuhiro Soda

The Ballad of Esequiel Hernández
Filmmaker Kieran Fitzgerald talks about his film, The Ballad of Esequiel Hernandez, which chronicles the shooting of an American citizen at the U.S./Mexico Border by the U.S. Marines.
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Kieran Fitzgerald

Election Day
Election Day, shot over the course of November 2, 2004, documents the street-level experience of voters in today's America. Filmmaker Katy Chevigny talks about the process of making the film. (17 minutes)
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Katy Chevigny

Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North
In Traces of the Trade, filmmaker Katrina Browne discovers that her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. History. Katrina talks about her journey and her film. (19 minutes)
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Katrina Browne

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