John PowersJohn Powers is the pop culture and critic-at-large on NPR's Fresh Air with Terri Gross.
George Stephanopoulos (left) and James Carville advised President Clinton during the 1992 election. Their strategic sessions in Clinton's "War Room" were filmed by Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker.
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Alec Guinness starred in the 1979 BBC adaptation of John le Carre's novel Tinker, Tailor Soldier, Spy. The series has just been re-released on DVD in anticipation of the release of a new film version of the Cold War-era spy drama.
Chile's Atacama Desert — the driest place on Earth, and home to both sophisticated observatories and the sober memories of a military regime's abuses — is both subject and setting in Nostalgia for the Light.