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Movies on the Radio: Political Movies

Movies on the Radio
Keith Weston

Whether it is a scathing satire or a chilling suspense film, plotlines about politics and the political process make for great drama. For this month’s edition of Movies on the Radio, listeners draw parallels between their favorite political movies and the current election season.

Host Frank Stasio talks with experts Marsha Gordon, film professor at North Carolina State University, and Laura Boyes, film curator at the North Carolina Museum of Art, about political movies and what they reveal about American society and government.  Two upcoming events of note: "So This is Paris" Screening at the North Carolina Museum of Art​  and Home Movie Day 2016

These are some of the films mentioned in today's show:

Dr. Strangelove

Wag the Dog

The Manchurian Candidate

The Candidate

Citizen Ruth

The Distinguished Gentleman:

A Face in the Crowd


The Battle of Algiers

O’Brother Where Art Thou

All the President’s Men.


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Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.