Friday, Jan. 7, 2005 Teachings: Acting Coach Ivana Chubbuck Summary Judgment: White Noise
January is National Mentoring Month, and Eric Liu brings listeners the first part of a four-part series on mentors. He talks with acting coach Ivana Chubbuck, who has coached Halle Berry and Charlize Theron. Listen to the segment.
Mark Jordan Legan presents an overview of what film critics are saying about this weekend's new movie releases, including the supernatural horror flick White Noise, starring Michael Keaton. Listen to the segment.
Friday, Jan. 7, 2005
Teachings: Acting Coach Ivana Chubbuck
Summary Judgment: White Noise
Thursday, Jan. 6, 2005
Moneybox: The Gift Card Blessing, Curse
Gift cards were a big retail success over the holiday season. Dan Gross explains how the cards are both a blessing and a curse for retailers and consumers. Listen to the segment.
Jurisprudence: Gonzales' Legal Career
NPR's Madeleine Brand talks with Dahlia Lithwick about the legal career of U.S. Attorney General nominee Alberto Gonzales, the White House chief counsel who begins two days of confirmation hearings before a U.S. Senate panel on Thursday. Listen to the segment.
Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2005
Ad Report Card: Amazon Theater at the Cineplex Ballot Box: Gonzales' Senate Gauntlet
Seth Stevenson comments on the effectiveness of the new theatrical ad campaign from online bookseller Amazon—a series of short films called Amazon Theater that are seen before the start of the feature, boasting big-name stars and heavy product placement. Listen to the segment.
NPR's Alex Chadwick speaks with Chris Suellentrop about the confirmation hearings for Alberto Gonzales, President Bush's nominee for Attorney General. Listen to the segment.
Ballot Box: Gonzales' Senate Gauntlet
Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2005
Kausfiles: Social Security "Means Testing"
Mickey Kaus talks about the benefits of "means testing" for Social Security benefits, where seniors are allotted benefits according to how rich or poor they are upon retirement. Listen to the segment.
Explainer: Animal Senses and Earthquakes
Andy Bowers explains why most of the animals in Sri Lanka's national wildlife park did not die in last week's tsunami floods. Listen to the segment.
Moneybox: U.S. Dollar Losing Its Luster
Dan Gross examines why the American dollar, which continues to drop in value against the Euro, is losing popularity among some of its most loyal supporters: smugglers, drug dealers and other international criminals. Listen to the segment.