On Wednesday’s episode of Philosophy in Action Radio, I interviewed documentary producer Chris Mortensen about “Ayn Rand and the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged.” The podcast of that episode is now available for streaming or downloading.

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Podcast: 20 February 2013

Chris Mortenson directed the excellent documentary, Ayn Rand and the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged. How did that project get started? What was required to make it a reality? How was it received? What’s next?

If you haven’t yet seen the documentary… don’t delay! It’s available on NetFlix (streaming and DVD) and Amazon (streaming and DVD). If you enjoy the documentary, be sure to pick up the new book with the full text of the interviews, including much material that wasn’t included in the documentary. That’s available in paperback or for kindle.

Chris Mortensen is an award winning writer, producer and director has in the last fifteen years produced more than 100 hours of documentary and reality programming. His programs have appeared on History Channel, A&E, Discovery, TLC, BET, VH-1, TV-One, Lifetime Network, Fox Sports, ESPN, Travel Channel, Versus. GSN, TNN, Spike, and more. His latest project is “Ayn Rand and the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged,” a feature length documentary film that examines the resurging interest in Ayn Rand’s epic and controversial 1957 novel and the validity of its dire prediction for America.

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  • Chris Mortensen’s introduction to Ayn Rand and Atlas Shrugged
  • Documentary projects before Ayn Rand and the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged
  • The theme of the documentary
  • Creating the documentary
  • How the documentary came about
  • Interviews for the documentary with Objectivist intellectuals
  • The documentary as fact-focused
  • Interviews for the documentary with businesspeople
  • Stories of and about Al Ruddy
  • Current politics in the documentary
  • The response to the documentary
  • The value of Atlas Shrugged
  • If the documentary were made now…
  • The book of full interviews
  • America’s future


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  • http://www.facebook.com/richard.paas.37 Richard S. Paas

    Well this podcast convinced me to rent the documentary off of Amazon’s stream. It looked interesting when it came out, but the impression I had was that it would be doom-and-gloom and mainly political. (I guess the word “prophecy” with the dark blue foreboding image on the cover gives me a negative connotation) However your podcast makes it sound way more interesting and worthwhile. So I’m going to see what it’s all about.

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