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During the famously chaotic filming of Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now, another director was at work on the set: Documentary director Eleanor Coppola, the auteur’s wife. Her footage, along with cast and crew interviews shot a decade later, became the celebrated documentary Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse, which premiered on the Showtime cable channel in 1991. The documentary, which takes its title from the Joseph Conrad novel that inspired Apocalypse Now, has been described as a revealing insider look at how stressful moviemaking can be, as well as a deeply personal chronicle of one director’s battles with his creative demons. Hearts of Darkness just been released on DVD for the first time. (This interview first aired on Jan. 24, 1992.)


Hour 1
A look at the first two-years of Condoleeza Rice‘s role as Secretary of State. We talk with GLENN KESSLER, author of The Confidante: Condoleezza Rice and the Creation of the Bush Legacy. The book looks chronicles her first two years on the job as America’s top diplomat. Kessler is a Washington Post correspondent. Listen to this show via Real Audio | mp3

Hour 2
(Rebroadcast tonight at 11)
Gov. Mitt Romney spoke yesterday about his faith in the context of his run for the presidency. We talk about Romney’s remarks and their impact on his candidacy with JAN SHIPPS, a religion historian, about Romney’s faith, and the role of faith and religion in this campaign with SHAUN CASEY of the Wesley Theological Institute in D.C. and Time Nation editor AMY SULLIVAN. Listen to this show via Real Audio | mp3

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daviddyenpr.jpgWith a sound that combines dance, electronic and punk music, New York-based DJ and multi-instrumentalist James Murphy (a.k.a. LCD Soundsystem) has made being a music geek sound cool again. As a co-founder of the much-lauded DFA label and production team, Murphy has produced and remixed the likes of Le Tigre, Nine Inch Nails and The Chemical Brothers before releasing his first single as LCD Soundsystem in 2002. Titled “Losing My Edge,” the track offers a tongue-in-cheek look at the DJ culture that catapulted Murphy to underground fame. But it wasn’t until 2005 that he released his debut full-length, the double-disc LCD Soundsystem. Heavily indebted to indie heroes like David Bowie and Gang of Four, the disc earned Murphy critical praise — including two Grammy nominations — and commercial success, with the lead single. Murphy’s new album, Sound of Silver, seems far sleeker than his debut, with a refreshingly direct quality that allows his songwriting to shine through.


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