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December 16 2013


FS #259: The Brothers Bloom / Rian Johnson / The Girlfriend Experience / Top 5 Con Movies | Filmspotting

May 29: FPPLE, Film Podcast seeks Podcast Listener Experience You: Must love dog racing, the collected works of Rush, and listening to riveting discussions of Steven Soderbergh's films, including.. http://www.filmspotting.net/reviews/show-archive/25-2009/428-fs-259-the-brothers-bloom--rian-johnson--the-girlfriend-experience--top-5-con-movies-.html

December 09 2013


Pension Plans Put Under The Knife

Public pensions, on the chopping block in Detroit and Illinois We’ll look at the future of public finance and public pensions across the country.

If you have a public pension, perhaps you felt a chill last week. Big  pension cuts were approved  in Detroit and Illinois.  A once sacred social contract  with workers  now teetering. Blown up. With millions of retirees, owed trillions of dollars now facing a dicey retirement and very uncertain financial future. The whole country is watching this play out. Pension holders and Baby Boomers wonder where the cuts will come next. What’s the solution if the money just isn’t there anymore? Can these promises really be broken?  This hour On Point: Unpacking America’s pension pandemic.


Tim Jones, reporter for Bloomberg News in Chicago.

Alicia Munnell, director of the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College and professor of management sciences at the Carroll School of Management. Author of “State and Local Pensions: What Now?

Andrew Biggs, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

John Day, retired police detective for the Detroit Police Department.

From The Reading List

Chicago Tribune: Illinois lawmakers approve major pension overhaul — “Supporters hailed the bill as a solution that would ‘ensure retirement security’ for current and retired state workers, public school teachers outside Chicago, university employees and state public officials. They also said it would end the squeeze on state tax dollars that increased pension costs have placed on education and social services.”

Bloomberg News: Pension Threats in Illinois, Detroit Rattle Government Workers — “For generations, public employees accepted modest wages for the promise of a secure retirement. The decisions, coming after efforts to curb public-employee power in states such as Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan, may embolden other municipalities, leave workers more vulnerable and prompt unions to new tactics of opposition. Retirees are already seeing reduced benefits in cities such as Central Falls, Rhode Island, where a judge last year approved cutting pensions to help it emerge from insolvency. In California, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed is leading the push for an initiative that would let cities cut benefits already promised to employees.”

New York Times: Pension Cuts Must Be on the Table – ”It’s easy to point to low average benefits for public employees, but these averages include workers who spent only a few years in government employment. In reality, public employee pensions are typically much – I repeat, much – more generous than those paid in the private sector. or instance, a full-career Detroit city employee would receive a traditional ‘defined-benefit’ pension equal to two-thirds his final salary, for which he contributed nothing. Detroit workers could voluntarily contribute to a 401(k)-styled ‘defined-contribution’ plan, on which the city guaranteed 7.9 percent annual returns even in bad times. In good times, both the defined-benefit and defined-contribution pensions received bonus payments. Add in Social Security, and it’s possible to earn more while retired than while working. It’s hard to argue that the typical Detroit taxpayer is doing as well.”

November 14 2013


Bob Fosse: Troubled, Turbulent Icon

A big new biography of Broadway dance king Bob Fosse – of “Chicago,” the film “Cabaret,” “All That Jazz” – opens up a turbulent life.


Sam Wasson, author of “Fosse” and “Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman.” (@SamWasson)

From Tom’s Reading List

Wall Street Journal: Book Review: ‘Fosse’ by Sam Wasson — “He was blond and slim, with a disarmingly boyish smile and the belief that everything interesting was about sex. And he had perfect timing, becoming one of Broadway’s outstanding choreographers in the mid-1950s, just as the power in the making of musicals had begun shifting from directors to dance masters. Then, too, the musical, an at times bawdy affair, was now turning openly erotic; this gave him the opportunity to experiment with taboo, creating the signature style that would make him famous.”

Vanity Fair: Q&A: Bob Fosse’s Biography: Sex, Death, and Jazz Hands — “I think everyone admires his style. No matter what you say about his movies’ content, you can’t say anything against the style. So anyone who is interested in the medium is going to go crazy for Fosse. I know that George Clooney is a huge fan of ‘All That Jazz.’ What can you say against Fosse as a stylist?”

NPR: Biography Of Director Bob Fosse Razzles, Dazzles And Delights – “‘Fosse’ is filled with the kind of inside detail that comes of substantial research, and vivid descriptions that turn the research into a sort of movie in your head. All the way from little Bobby Fosse’s elementary school disappointment when the spotlight faded on him, right through to the moment when Gwen Verdon, the love of his life, cradled Fosse’s head on her lap on a D.C. sidewalk, just blocks from an audience he was at that very moment razzle-dazzling to beat the band.”

Read An Excerpt Of “Fosse” By Sam Wasson


October 02 2013


#461: Short Term 12 / Top 5 Films of 1993 / Woman on the Beach | Filmspotting

Adam resists the urge to spend the whole show quoting "Tombstone" as he and Josh share their Top 5 Films of 1993, part of Filmspotting's year-by-year countdown series. Plus, a review of the new.. http://filmspotting.net/reviews/1068-461-short-term-12-top-5-films-of-1993-woman-on-the-beach.html

September 16 2013


The middle of everywhere

August 25 2013


99% Invisible, Episode 86: Reversal of Fortune

Chicago’s biggest design achievement probably isn’t one of its amazing skyscrapers, but the Chicago River, a waterway disguised as a remnant of the natural landscape. But it isn’t natural, not really. It’s hard to tell when you see the river, but it’s going the wrong way. It should flow into Lake Michigan, but instead fresh water from Lake Michigan flows backwards, into the city. The Chicago River is, in large part, a carefully-designed extension of the city’s sewer system. Reporter Dan Weissmann talked with Richard Cahan (author of “The Lost Panoramas: When Chicago Changed its River and the Land Beyond”) about the amazing lengths the city went to, over the course of several decades, to carry away the sewage that threatened to drown Chicago. http://99percentinvisible.org/post/57747785222/episode-86-reversal-of-fortune

August 17 2013


FS #317: I'm Still Here / Top 5 Films of 1996 | Filmspotting

Filmspotting's discussion of "I'm Still Here" -- chronicling the "lost year" of actor Joaquin Phoenix -- is NOT a hoax. Or is it? Plus, the second film in the Powell-Pressburger Marathon, "Black.. http://www.filmspotting.net/reviews/show-archive/27-2010/595-fs-317-im-still-here-top-5-films-of-1996.html Filmspotting #317 - :34-25:18 - Review: "I'm Still Here" Music: Smith Westerns, "Be My Girl" - 26:14-27:54 - Audible Recommendation - 27:55-32:27 - Mass. Theatre (Winner: J. Eaken) - 32:28-36:50 - Correction / Polls - 0:36:51-49:54 - Archers #2: "Black Narcissus" Music: Smith Westerns, "Girl in Love" - 50:52-59:13 - DVDs / Donations - 59:14-1:19:40 - Top 5: Films of 1996 - 1:19:41-1:24:07 - Close / Outtakes

August 08 2013


FS #295: The Ghost Writer / The Shop Around the Corner / Top 5 Films of 1998 | Filmspotting

March 12: In honor of Filmspotting’s discussion of Roman Polanski’s "The Ghost Writer, " this week’s show description is being ghostwritten by long time Filmspotting fan and regional Boggle.. http://www.filmspotting.net/reviews/show-archive/27-2010/476-fs-295-the-ghost-writer--the-shop-around-the-corner--top-5-films-of-1998-.html

April 14 2013


Sound Opinions with Roger Ebert

April 13 2013


FLP - Free Library Podcast | William Julius Wilson

William Julius Wilson | There Goes the Neighborhood: Racial, Ethnic, and Class Tensions in Four Chicago Neighborhoods and Their Meaning for America Recorded 10/26/2006 A MacArthur Prize Fellow and the recipient of the 1998 National Medal of Science, William Julius Wilson is Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University. He is the author of Power, Racism, and Privilege; The Declining Significance of Race; The Truly Disadvantaged; When Work Disappears; and The Bridge Over the Racial Divide. His new book, There Goes the Neighborhood, is informed by his current studies of race and the social organization of neighborhoods, the effects of high-risk neighborhoods on adolescent social outcomes, and the effects of welfare reform on poor families and children. https://libwww.freelibrary.org/podcast/index.cfm?podcastID=179

January 27 2012


Stuff You Missed in History Class

H.H. Holmes and the Mysteries of Murder Castle, Part 2 -- In the first part of this episode, Deblina and Sarah covered Herman K. Mudgett's early life, including how he first became known as H.H. Holmes. But how did Holmes manage to complete his murder castle? What happened to him afterwards? Tune in to find out.

January 09 2012


Rian Johnson on silent films, "Looper" and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Visit Amazon to get the Filmspotting Android App Get the Filmspotting iPhone app in iTunes FS #376: Dec. 9, 2011: Hugo, Redemption Movies Feedback FS #375: Dec. 2, 2011: End-of-year screener.. http://www.filmspotting.net/reviews/bonus-content.html

December 30 2011


October 04 2010


August 04 2010


Running Out of Time Mix

1. Ron Trent – Food For Thought 2. passEnger – Tau City Inerlude 3. Blacktroniks – Why 4. 2562 – Narita 5. Soul Center – Snoopy 6. Aybee – Love Of 7. Lars Bartkuhn – Goodbye Dancing, Hello God (Arto Mwambe remix) 8. Mr. Done – First Scene 9. K Scope – Purple Diazies 10. Yasuo Sato – I Found My Own Place In Her Whole Love 11. Kyle Hall – Kaychunk 12. Willie Graff & Tuccillo – Give You Up (Damier’s A Little More Mix) 13. Art Of Tones – Breaking Bad 14. Jaime Read – No Relief 15. Faltydl – Groove
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July 13 2010


Chicago and the Gun Control Debate

The Supreme Court extended gun rights. The city of Chicago is striking back. We’ll look at the national debate over the right to bear arms.

June 24 2010


DJ History Podcast #69: Desert Island Disco - Dave Lee

THE HUMAN LEAGUE - The Sound Of The Crowd CHICAGO - Woman Don't Want To Love Me LOGG - You've Got That Something STARSHIP ORCHESTRA - New York New York TECH TRAX INC - Tech Trax Inc
Tags: chicago
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