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Greta Gerwig Couldn't Resist 'Little Women'

Director Greta Gerwig and Meryl Streep on the set of
Director Greta Gerwig and Meryl Streep on the set of "Little Women."

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On today's show (originally aired Dec. 17, 2019):


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When Greta Gerwig heard that film producer Amy Pascal had begun developing a new adaptation of "Little Women," she knew she had to be a part of it. She'd recently re-read Louisa May Alcott's 1868 novel and had lots of ideas about how to tell the story in a new way — like partially blending Alcott's story with that of the main character, Jo March, and beginning the story when the sisters had become adults. When Gerwig approached Pascal, it was before she'd made her solo directorial debut with "Lady Bird," but she was clear from the beginning that she wanted to write and direct "Little Women." The result is a story that Gerwig says focuses on themes of "ambition and money and women and art" and feels incredibly relevant today.


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For more than a decade, photographer Thomas Kiefer worked as a janitor in a Border Patrol station in Southern Arizona.  He’d often find personal belongings from border crossers that had been confiscated by agents and tossed in the trash.  Kiefer began taking photos of the discarded items and now they're being exhibited.  His photography show is currently at the Skirball Center in West L.A. and it’s called “El Sueño Americano — The American Dream.”  The Frame contributor Marcos Nájera has his story.