The True Stories behind Oscar's Films

1. Dissecting 12 Years A Slave

In the debut episode of Historical Blackness, Dr. Blair Kelley breaks down aspects of 12 Years A Slave.

2. Philomena Lee and allegations of forced adoptions

The film "Philomena" may be encouraging many adopted Irish children to meet their birth mothers. The book that inspired the film describes how the families were torn apart in the first place. The author of that book, joins us to reveals its disturbing history.

3. Who was Ron Woodroof of Dallas Buyer's Club

This week, Kurt Andersen talks with Matthew McConaughey, who set out to transform his career with a string of dark, thorny roles. He just won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar for his edgy antihero Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club.

4. Jordan Belfort - Wolf of Wall Street

Jordan Belfort talks about how he made $100 million illegally (and how he now makes millions ETHICALLY).

5. Real-life story of the Magdalene Laundries

Just like Philomena Lee, the subject of movie "Philomena", Mari Steed's Irish birth mother was sent to live and work in one of the Magdalene Laundries.

6. What Captain Phillips thinks of the film

Captain Richard Phillips, the hero of the 2009 Somali pirates hijacking talks about seeing his traumatic ordeal portrayed on the big screen.

7. Context and a Movie: American Hustle

Kevin Riordan, Philadelphia Inquirer columnist, talks about the real story of Camden Mayor Errichetti, who is the basis for one of the characters in the movie, American Hustle. Plus, Dana Stevens, Slate's film critic and co-host of Slate's Culture Gabfest, now airing on WNYC, offers a critic's take on the film.

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