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 The researchers posed a number of questions, together with whether or not organ donations rose together with trauma-related fatalities. They did. Additionally, was there a distinction within the high quality of organs donated resulting from medical or demographic variations in donors throughout rallies. There wasn’t.

“The spikes in organ donations and transplantations that we present in our evaluation are disturbing, even when not solely shocking, as a result of they sign a systemic failure to keep away from preventable deaths, which is a tragedy,” mentioned examine first writer David Cron, HMS medical fellow in surgical procedure at Mass Common. “There’s a clear want for higher security protocols round such occasions.”

“On the identical time, it is crucial for transplant communities in locations the place these occasions are held to concentrate on the potential for elevated organ donors throughout these intervals. Organ donation is commonly known as the reward of life, and we must always be sure that we don’t squander it and may flip any of those tragic deaths into an opportunity to probably save different lives,” added Cron, who can also be a analysis fellow on the Heart for Surgical procedure and Public Well being at Brigham and Girls’s Hospital, the place he’s a part of a bunch fascinated by understanding how coverage choices and different elements, each inside and out of doors of the well being care system, have an effect on efforts to enhance the availability of organs for transplantation.

Utilizing information from the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients for deceased organ donors age 16 years and older concerned in a motorcar crash and recipients of organs from these donors from March 2005 to September 2021, the researchers estimated adjustments within the incidence of donation and transplants in areas that hosted rallies.

Researchers analyzed information from 10,798 organ donors and 35,329 recipients within the areas the place the featured motorbike rallies happen.

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Through the days on which rallies have been held, there have been 406 organ donors and 1,400 transplant recipients in areas close to the occasions. Through the 4 weeks earlier than and after the rallies, there have been 2,332 organ donors and seven,714 transplant recipients in these places.

They in contrast the dates of rallies with the times earlier than and after the rallies. To rule out the affect of different elements not associated to bike rallies, the researchers additionally in contrast figures from the rally places with different areas not affected by the rallies after which checked out tendencies within the rally areas at different occasions of the 12 months.

In addition they in contrast the demographic and medical traits of the donors and the standard of organs donated throughout rally and non-rally occasions. They discovered no important variations.

Key traits of transplant recipients, similar to how lengthy that they had been ready for an organ and the way extreme their sickness was on the time of transplant, have been additionally related whether or not there was a rally taking place or not.

This discovering, the researchers famous, signifies that the rise within the variety of organs out there was not sufficient to alleviate the crucial scarcity of donor organs that the nation faces, even for a short interval.

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Cron additionally famous that the out there information weren’t detailed sufficient to say whether or not the donors perished in motorbike crashes or in passenger autos.

Bike rallies are typically giant, crowded occasions that happen in rural areas or small cities with site visitors infrastructure meant for a lot smaller populations and much much less site visitors, the researchers famous.

Because of this to extend total security for all motorists and pedestrians, occasion organizers ought to pay shut consideration to total site visitors administration along with encouraging sporting of helmets and secure motorbike operation.

The seven motorbike rallies within the examine every draw greater than 200,000 guests over the course of a number of days. Daytona Bike Week in Florida and the Sturgis Bike Rally in South Dakota are 10-day occasions that every draw 500,000 guests.

For the cities that maintain the rallies and the individuals who attend, there are a lot of financial and private advantages. Nevertheless, understanding all of the potential penalties of an occasion can assist organizers and members plan higher to attenuate the chance for undesirable “unintended effects,” the researchers mentioned.

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If the Oscar nominations left you with a long to-watch list, we’ve got you covered. Below are details and past coverage of all the films nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor and Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Actress, and Best Director. Dive in!

Jeffrey Wright in American Fiction.

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American Fiction

This feature directorial debut of Cord Jefferson follows a Black author who grudgingly writes a novel filled with antiquated stereotypes.

Nominations: Best picture, actor, supporting actor, adapted screenplay, original score

Where to see it: In theaters

Review: Every era has its own American Fiction, but is there anything new to say?

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Essay: Advice from a critic: Read Erasure before seeing American Fiction

Director Interview: What does it mean to be Black enough? Cord Jefferson explores this American Fiction

Actor Interviews: NPR spoke with Jeffrey Wright, Sterling K. Brown and Tracee Ellis Ross

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Anatomy of a Fall

Directed by Justine Triet, this French drama follows a wife who becomes the chief suspect when her husband is found dead, and rifts in their marriage are exposed.

Nominations: Best picture, director, actress, original screenplay, editing

Where to see it: In theaters. Rent or buy it on Amazon, Apple TV, Google Play, Vudu or YouTube

Review: Anatomy of a Fall dissects a marriage and, maybe, a murder

Essay: If you love courtroom dramas, this Oscar-nominated film is not to be missed

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Director Interview: Justine Triet on her film Anatomy of a Fall

Roundtable: Anatomy of a Fall autopsies a marriage

Margot Robbie in Barbie.

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Barbie

Director Greta Gerwig crafts an extremely self-aware vision of Barbie, with commentary on the patriarchy and the unreasonable expectations placed on women in society.

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Nominations: Best picture, supporting actor, supporting actress, adapted screenplay, production design, costume design, original song

Where to see it: In theaters. Stream it on Max. Rent or buy it it on Amazon, Apple TV, Google Play, Vudu or YouTube

Review: Is Barbie corporate propaganda or Malibu Metacommentary? Why not both!

Interview: Barbie music producer Mark Ronson opens up about the film’s ‘bespoke’ sound

Report: Barbie receives 8 Oscar nominations, but was that Kenough?

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Report: Barbie is the only billion-dollar blockbuster solely directed by a woman

Roundtable: We spoil Barbie

Danielle Brooks and Fantasia Barrino in The Color Purple.

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The Color Purple

Blitz Bazawule’s adaptation of the Broadway musical is based on the Alice Walker novel. It tells the story of Celie, who survives the abuse by the men in her life and longs to be reunited with the sister who was taken from her.

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Nominations: Supporting actress

Where to see it: In theaters. Rent or buy it on Amazon, Google Play, Apple TV, Vudu or YouTube

Review: The new Color Purple exudes joy, but dances past some deeper complexities

Director and Actor Interview: ‘Everyone walked away with part of themselves healed’ – The Color Purple reimagined

Actor Interviews: NPR spoke with Taraji P. Henson and Fantasia Barrino

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Report: The Color Purple is the biggest Christmas Day opening since 2009

Roundtable: Revisiting The Color Purple wars

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The Holdovers

Alexander Payne’s film about a curmudgeonly professor at a prestigious boarding school, who must look after students during Christmas break, and forms a bond with one kid who’s a particular pain in the butt.

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Nominations: Best picture, actor, supporting actress, original screenplay, editing

Where to see it: In theaters. Stream it on Peacock. Buy it on Apple TV, Google Play, YouTube, Vudu and Amazon

Review: Alexander Payne keeps real emotion at bay in the coyly comic Holdovers

Actor Interview: Paul Giamatti’s own high school years came in handy in The Holdovers

Roundtable: In The Holdovers, three broken people get schooled

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Killers of the Flower Moon

Based on a true story, director Martin Scorsese’s epic film tracks the suspicious murders of members of the Osage Nation in 1920s Oklahoma after they find oil under their tribal land.

Nominations: Best picture, director, actress, supporting actor, production design, costume design, cinematography, editing, original score, original song

Where to see it: In theaters. Stream it on Apple TV+, buy it on Amazon, Vudu, Google Play, YouTube, or Apple TV

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Review: Scorsese centers men and their violence once again in Killers of the Flower Moon

Review: ‘You talkin’ to me?’ How Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon gets in your head

Report: How Osage people stepped in to be sure Killers of the Flower Moon got things right

Report: ‘Of course we should be here’: Flower Moon receives a 9-minute ovation at Cannes

Interview: Pressing pause on Killers of the Flower Moon and rethinking Scorsese’s latest

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Maestro

An Old-Hollywood style biopic about the composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein directed and co-written by – and starring Bradley Cooper.

Nominations: Best picture, actor, actress, original screenplay, cinematography, makeup and hairstyling, sound

Where to see it: Stream it on Netflix

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Review: Maestro chronicles the brilliant Bernstein — and his disorderly conduct

Review: Bradley Cooper’s Maestro fully captures Bernstein’s charisma and complexity

Director/Actor/Writer Interview: To become the Maestro, Bradley Cooper learned to live the music

Actor Interview: Carey Mulligan on playing the wife of composer Leonard Bernstein in Maestro

Report: Leonard Bernstein’s family defends appearance in Maestro nose flap

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Roundtable: Maestro hits some discordant notes

Annette Bening in Nyad.

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Nyad

Directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, the film tells the true story of a marathon swimmer who attempts to become the first person ever to swim from Cuba to Florida.

Nominations: Best actress, supporting actress

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Where to see it: Stream it on Netflix

Director Interview: New film dramatizes Diana Nyad’s 2013 feat: swimming from Cuba to Florida

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Oppenheimer

Christopher Nolan’s film about the brilliant physicist who oversaw the construction of the first atomic bomb at a secret military base in the New Mexico desert.

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Nominations: Best picture, director, actor, supporting actor, supporting actress, adapted screenplay, production design, costume design, cinematography, editing, makeup and hairstyling, sound, original score

Where to see it: In theaters. Rent or buy it on Amazon, Apple TV, Google Play, Vudu or YouTube

Director Interview: ‘Like it or not, we live in Oppenheimer’s world,’ says director Christopher Nolan

Review: Nolan’s thriller Oppenheimer is a monument to science and the arrogance of genius

Report: What Oppenheimer left out: the atomic bomb’s fallout in New Mexico

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Report: Oppenheimer will screen in Japan in 2024, distributors say

Roundtable: Oppenheimer looks at the building of the bomb, and the lingering fallout

Composer Interview: Composer Ludwig Göransson on Oppenheimer

Interview: Oppenheimer is everywhere. Here’s the science behind the atomic bomb

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Past Lives

Celine Song’s film about a woman, played by Greta Lee, who reconnects with her childhood sweetheart and tries to understand both the path she took and the many paths she didn’t.

Nominations: Best picture, original screenplay

Where to see it: In theaters. Rent or buy it on Amazon, Apple TV, Google Play, Vudu or YouTube

Actor Interview: As a kid, Greta Lee identified with Val Kilmer — now, she imagines Past Lives

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Review: Across continents and decades, Past Lives is the most affecting love story in ages

Roundtable: Past Lives is a story about love and choices

Director Interview: Past Lives is inspired by filmmaker Celine Song’s own experience with a childhood friend

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Director Yorgos Lanthimos’ dark comedy about a young woman in Victorian London, who is found and experimented upon by a twisted scientist.

Nominations: Best picture, actress, supporting actor, director, adapted screenplay, original score, cinematography, costume design, film editing, production design, makeup and hairstyling.

Where to see it: In theaters

Review: Unhinged yet uplifting, Poor Things is an un-family-friendly Barbie

Essay: Oscars, take note: ‘Poor Things’ built its weird, unforgettable world from scratch

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Director and Actor Interview: In Poor Things, Emma Stone plays a woman exploring the world, learning to be human

Roundtable: Emma Stone comes alive in the imaginative Poor Things

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Rustin

George C. Wolfe’s film about Bayard Rustin, an advisor to Martin Luther King Jr., who faces discrimination as an openly gay Black man during the Civil Rights movement.

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Nominations: Best actor

Where to see it: Stream it on Netflix

Actor Interview: He organized the March on Washington. Why don’t more people know about Bayard Rustin?

Review: ‘Rustin’ tells the story of the man who helped make the March on Washington possible

History: Remembering Bayard Rustin: The Man Behind the March on Washington

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The Zone of Interest

Jonathan Glazer’s film about the commandant of Auschwitz, and his wife and children, who live in an idyllic house and garden next to the concentration camp.

Nominations: Best picture, director, international feature, adapted screenplay, sound

Where to see it: In theaters

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Review: Chilling Zone of Interest imagines life next door to a death camp

Director Interview: Zone of Interest follows the family life of the Nazi commander at Auschwitz

Roundtable: In The Zone of Interest evil lies just over the garden wall

Want to catch up on last year? Here’s what NPR critics picked as the best movies and TV of 2023.

Clockwise from top left: Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One, Passages, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, Four Daughters, Only Murders in the Building, Hijack

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An outpost of The Second City has opened in Brooklyn. Above, the Brooklyn Bridge and lower Manhattan skyline are pictured at sunset.

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The sketch comedy and improv group, The Second City, is famously named for its location: Chicago. And while some of its illustrious graduates, like Stephen Colbert and Tina Fey, have become famous New Yorkers, there’s never been an outpost in the First City, until now.

A new facility has been built in the Second Borough – Brooklyn. The trendy neighborhood of Williamsburg to be exact. On the site of an old record shop and club, the company has built a 200-seat mainstage, a 60-seat second stage, several classrooms, where improv and comedy writing are taught, and a restaurant.

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It’s not The Second City’s first foray outside Chicago: There’s been an outpost in Toronto since 1973, which spawned the successful television series SCTV, and other companies have been in Hollywood and Detroit. In addition, there’s a touring company that crisscrosses the United States.

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“We know that there is a really great comedy scene in New York,” said The Second City’s CEO, Ed Wells, “and a demand for comedy-based entertainment, but there is no one doing what we do.”

With the closing of several clubs in New York during the pandemic, he felt there was an opportunity. “I mean, New York is the home of Saturday Night Live, right?,” Wells explained. “Saturday Night Live and The Second City have had a relationship since Saturday Night Live started. … Its very first cast was filled with Second City alumni from, you know, John Belushi to Dan Aykroyd to Gilda Radner.”

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Other grads include Nia Vardalos, the writer and director of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, who spent four and a half years with the company in Toronto and Chicago. “It absolutely formed who I am,” she said. “You enter an institution that is formidable, and yet filled with irreverence; where you will be rewarded for being a person who doesn’t follow the rules. And yet you’re getting a paycheck, and you are part of a union.”

It’s such a good gig, that when Second City opened up the call for auditions in New York, within three days, 1,000 people responded, and they had to cut it off. The New York revue is a mix of improv, new material and some classic sketches from Chicago.

Drew Riley, a graduate of The Second City Conservatory in Chicago is one of the six people who are opening the new mainstage. And the first number – which the company developed over half a year, features something every New York has an opinion about: the subway. “We would ask, you know, ‘what’s something about New York that you love? What’s something about New York that you hate?,’” he recalled, laughing. “And the answer to both those questions with us was the same. And it was the train … we wanted to honor that.”

Jacklyn Uweh, who trained with The Second City in Hollywood, and is part of the first ensemble in New York, said that one of her favorite sketches is a classic free association piece for two actors playing spies that was created by Second City alum Stephen Colbert. The first part of the sketch is written but at a certain point it becomes improv, with input from the audience. “It is the hardest sketch I’ve ever rehearsed!” Uweh says. (The night I attended, the improv part went on for two and a half minutes, to peals of laughter from the audience.)

One of the most important partners in the show is not onstage. It’s Kayla Freeman, the stage manager, who sits on a perch above the stage. With a background in comedy and improv, as well as technical theater, she looks and listens intently while the actors make up their material on the spot, to determine when to call a blackout to end the sketch. “A lot of the time, what I’m looking out for is a big audience laugh or watching the internal games that they’re playing and figuring out when that game has resolved itself,” Freeman explained. Basically, she said she and the actors “ride the waves together.”

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Cast member Drew Riley said part of the exhilaration of doing improv is the possibility of falling flat on your face. “It’s the reason you go to the circus to watch the acrobats. Right? Because you think maybe they might fall,” he said laughing. “But you’re thrilled when they don’t. You’re thrilled when they land the triple somersault. It is a theatrical experience unlike anything else.”

The doors of The Second City New York have only just opened but the company hopes they stick the landing for years to come.

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