What does Invasion of the Body Snatchers have to do with the Cold War? Why do so many people know about Ayn Rand? These are just a few of the questions that Village Voice film critic J. Hoberman takes on in his new book, An Army of Phantoms: American Movies and the Making of the Cold War. Hoberman sat down with Laura for a look at some of those 1950s movies--and some more recent ones--and to discuss the hidden ideology behind monster movies and the not-so-hidden ideology of Ayn Rand movies. They came to work, they didn't come to die. But 100 years ago this week, that's exactly what happened to 146 workers, mostly young immigrant women trapped in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. Filmmaker and GRITtv contributor Harry Hanbury checked in on the status of workers safety today and found "Triangle's Echoes: An Unfinished Struggle for Worker Protection, Safety & Health." And Danny Schechter, News Dissector, has some thoughts on the continuing economic crisis, and why we won't see a real solution from centrist politicians. Distributed by Tubemogul.
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