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Movies 101
KPBX: Friday 6:30pm-7pm | KSFC: Saturday 1pm-1:30pm

Movies 101 began mid-1999, as Spokane Public Radio's KSFC started establishing itself as a separate news and information service. As KSFC matured, so did Movies 101. The show has a loyal fan base and has now also been picked up on KPBX, Friday evenings at 6:30 PM. Movies 101 is currently produced by Spokane Public Radio's Membership & Production Assistant, Cassia Fox.

Latest Episodes
  • The old saw is that opposites attract, though that notion doesn’t necessarily hold true for the movies we watch. On this week’s show, Dan Webster, Nathan Weinbender, and Mary Pat Treuthart discuss two movies, both streaming documentaries, that couldn’t be more different. The first is “Spermworld,” which delves into the unregulated world of sperm donating, while the second is “Girls State,” a follow-up to the 2020 film “Boys State.”
  • One of the things that makes life the adventure it is involves facing the various challenges that it poses. Which is convenient for us here at Movies 101 because the very concept of challenges is this week’s theme. In this episode, Dan Webster, Nathan Weinbender, and Mary Pat Treuthart discuss two films that involve that very theme. The first is “Challengers,” director Luca Guadagnino’s look at a three-way relationship among tennis players. The second is a challenge to our very senses, director Bertrand Bonello’s head-scratching study “The Beast.”
  • Those of us with consciences may not care about killers—but as movie fans, we sure seem to love them. They certainly show up enough on screens both big and small. On this week’s show, Dan Webster, Nathan Weinbender, and Mary Pat Treuthart discuss the work of Patricia Highsmith, an author who made a career out of imagining the inner lives of various sociopaths—including one Tom Ripley, who is the protagonist in the new Netflix series titled, simply, “Ripley.” In this episode, they talk about the series and their other favorite Highsmith adaptations.
  • Movies have the power to give us a pointed view of America, both good and bad. This has always been true. But it may be more important than ever in today’s polarized atmosphere. Writer-director Alex Garland seems to think so, given the theme of his latest movie, titled “Civil War.” On this week’s show, Dan Webster, Nathan Weinbender, and Mary Pat Treuthart discuss Garland’s film, which stars the likes of Kirsten Dunst and Cailee Spaeney as photojournalists covering what is a second American war between the states and the federal government. After that, they move on to the film “La Chimera,” which is playing at the Magic Lantern Theatre.
  • Some of us enjoy surprises, others not so much. But when it comes to movies, it all depends on what we end up seeing. On this week’s show, Dan Webster, Nathan Weinbender, and Mary Pat Treuthart discuss an event they attended on Monday called Screen Unseen. They also talk about a documentary, “Richland,” that is playing at the Magic Lantern, and Nathan regales us with his reaction to the movie “Monkey Man.”
  • Yes, we could spend time reviewing the latest horror flick or romantic comedy. But sometimes we here at Movies 101 lust to talk about something far more, for want of a better term, substantial. On this week’s show, Dan Webster, Nathan Weinbender, and Mary Pat Treuthart do just that, delving into their respective personal libraries of favorite films and sharing what we like to call buried, or forgotten, cinematic treasures.
  • Here at Movies 101, we like to say that we seek out great cinema wherever we can find it. How we define “great,” though is always up for debate. On this week’s show, Dan Webster, Nathan Weinbender, and Mary Pat Treuthart discuss two films that defy standard critical summation. The first is Doug Liman’s re-envisioning of the 1989 movie “Road House,” and the second is Rose Glass’ neo-noir “Love Lies Bleeding.”
  • Yes, the "-heimer" half of the "Barbenheimer" conglomerate tallied its share of gold during the recent Oscars broadcast. But the also-rans and near-misses had their night as well. On this week’s show, Dan Webster, Nathan Weinbender, and Mary Pat Treuthart discuss a pair of films that were at least mentioned during the broadcast. One, “20 Days in Mariupol,” was named Best Documentary Feature, while the other, “Io Capitano,” was one of the nominees for Best International Feature Film.
  • One of the most dependable movie genres is science fiction, and the best sci-fi films boast a lot more content than mere Flash Gordon adventure. On this week’s show, Dan Webster, Nathan Weinbender, and Mary Pat Treuthart discuss two recent films that blend sci-fi with relevant social issues. The first is “Dune: Part Two,” which is Denis Villeneuve’s second contribution to Frank Herbert’s novel saga. And the second is “Spaceman,” the Netflix streamer that features Adam Sandler in yet another dramatic role.
  • In a year marked by the likes of Barbenheimer, Paul Giamatti’s wall-eyed stare, deadly flowers in Oklahoma and the musical mastery of Leonard Bernstein, it should make for an interesting night on Sunday for the annual Academy Awards fiesta. On this week’s show, Dan Webster, Nathan Weinbender, and Mary Pat Treuthart run down their guesses as to who will walk away with Oscar gold versus who they think should win.