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By far, the question we get most to our IFC News Podcast e-mail account and to our Twitter accounts is “How can I listen to older episodes of the podcasts?” Well good news podcasts fans; Christmas came a couple days late this year. While we’re still working to make all our podcasts available on iTunes, we’re pleased to present this complete archive page containing links to every single IFC News Podcast. That’s right: every single one. Even the early ones that are embarrassingly terrible that you should never listen to. (Seriously. Don’t do it.)

Still, if you’ve got 200+ hours at your disposal and you want to listen to the evolution of our podcast, now you can. And it has evolved. On our very first episode (a review of “Borat” from October 2006), we were barely capable of introducing ourselves (we also were pretty blatantly ripping off Filmspotting‘s review format). By episode #25 we started to get the hang of things, and even added rudimentary editing and sound clips. Right around episode #120 you’ll start to hear things begin to congeal into their current form, with our misdirecting introductions, feedback, and, shortly after that, The Keyword Game.

Clicking any link below will take you directly to the mp3 of that podcast. If you want to download a file to transfer it to an iPod, you can right-click and choose “Save File” on PC (or hold “Option” and click on Mac).

We’ll try to keep this page updated from now on. Enjoy all the podcasts (maybe not all of them) and thanks for listening.

The Complete IFC News Podcast Archive
(Last Updated: 02/01/2011)

#215: Our Desert Island Movies
#214: From the 2011 Sundance Film Festival
#213: Michel Gondry’s Film Party
#212: The State of Superhero Movies
#211: The Coen Brothers’ Gritty Cinema
#210: Celebrating the Movies of 2010, Part 2
#209: Celebrating the Movies of 2010, Part 1
#208: Rating the MPAA Ratings System
#207: Boxing Movies
#206: “Black Swan” and the Life of Ballet Dancers on Film
#205: Movies About Royalty
#204: The Ingredients of Good Food Movies
#203: Movies About Veterans
#202: Bringing a Podcast to a (Danny) Boyle
#201: Performing an Autopsy on the Corpus of Torture Porn
#200: Revisiting Our Cinematic Blindspots
#199: Remembering Arthur Penn
#198: Highlights from Fantastic Fest 2010 and the 2010 New York Film Festival
#197: Directors as Swoopers and Bashers
#196: Our Faithful Look at Infidelity Movies
#195: Movies About The Price of Stardom
#194: Catching Up on the Best of 2010 on DVD
#193: Dinner Party Movies
#192: Fall 2010 Trailers
#191: Video Game Logic in Movies
#190: Speaking Out About Voice-over Narration
#189: Movie Dads, Good and Bed
#188: Following the Prestigious Mementos of Christopher Nolan’s Career
#187: The Dog-Eat-Dog World of Office Movies
#186: Airbrushing, Special Effects, and Beauty Onscreen
#185: Dysfunctional Family Movies
#184: Our Pixar Podcast
#183: All About Antiheroes
#182: Against Conventional Wisdom
#181: Urban Legends In (And Of) the Movies
#180: Great Physical Comedians
#179: Ranking the “Saturday Night Live” Movies
#178: Movies’ Representation of Fans
#177: Midlife Crisis Movies
#176: The Value of Shock Cinema
#175: How the West Was Revised
#174: Banksy and Directorial Agendas In Documentary Filmmaking
#173: Our Favorite Up and Coming Actors
#172: Kevin Smith’s Critical Dogma
#171: The Rules of Movie Time Travel
#170: From South by Southwest 2010
#169: Movie Mommies
#168: The Great 2010 Oscar Queso Challenge
#167: The Perils of Personal Filmmaking
#166: “Notstalgia”
#165: Ensemble Films
#164: John Travolta, Ham Sandwich
#163: From the 2010 Sundance Film Festival
#162: How Sundance Works
#161: Siege Films
#160: Evil Twins, Doubles, and Doppelgangers
#159: Celebrating the Movies of 2009, Part 2
#158: Celebrating the Movies of 2009, Part 1
#157: Stars’ Fading Power
#156: Our Guilty Pleasures of the Naughts
#155: Asian and Asian-American Actors in Hollywood
#154: The John Wooniverse
#153: The Pleasures of Stop Motion Animation
#152: Submitted For Your Approval, A “Twilight Zone” Podcast
#151: Supporting Characters Worthy of Spinoffs
#150: Biopics And “Improving” On Real Life
#149: “Melancholgia”
#148: May/November Romances and Movie Cougars
#147: Girl Movies For Guys, Guy Movies For Girls
#146: Clive Owen
#145: Whistleblower Movies
#144: Our Favorite Inhospitable Settings For Movies
#143: Do Spoilers Spoil Movie Discussions?
#142: Actual College, Meet College Movies
#141: Overused Soundtrack Choices
#140: Movie Aliens As Metaphors
#139: “Docsploitation”
#138: Yes, Comic-Con HAS Nuked the Fridge
#137: Psychiatrists and Therapists In Movies
#136: Scrambled Timelines
#135: Six Summer Movie Alternatives
#134: Action Movie Auteurs
#133: The Life of a “Female Filmmaker”
#132: Trying to High Concept the “High Concept”
#131: Great Modern Uses Of Black and White Photography
#130: Memory Loss In the Movies
#129: Sam Raimi Drags Us to Hell
#128: Cannes 2009: “Antichrist” and “Up”
#127: Theme Park Rides Based on Movies
#126: Screen Siblings
#125: Modern Day Retellings of Classic Literature
#124: Mental Disability On Screen
#123: Questionable Life Lessons From Formula Films
#122: Spring 2009 Trailers
#121: Cinematic Representations of The Devil
#120: Wrestlers Enter the Acting Ring
#119: From South by Southwest 2009
#118: The Bromantic Comedy
#117: The Importance of Accuracy in Adaptations
#116: Hyperlink Cinema
#115: Are Recessions Good For Movies?
#114: “Rapping” Up Joaquin Phoenix’s Career
#113: Traumatic Children’s Movies
#112: Analyzing the 2009 Oscar Nominations
#111: From the 2009 Sundance Film Festival
#110: Mall Movies (And Vikings?)
#109: The Sundance 2009 Preview
#108: Celebrating the Movies of 2008
#107: Our Favorite Performances of 2008
#106: Are Movies Getting Longer?
#105: Journalists On Screen
#104: Giving Thanks For the World of Indie Film
#103: Alison at the Wedding / Matt Getting Married
#102: James Bond
#101: Actors Playing Themselves, Sort Of

#100: “The Killer ______ Movie”
#99: Requiem For a Video Store
#98: Comebacks We’d Like to See
#97: Notable Big Screen Comebacks
#96: Soundtracks That Overshadow Their Movies
#95: Fantastic Fest 2008
#94: Non-Kids Movies Perfect For Kids
#93: Debating Two 2008 Toronto Film Festival Films: “Miracle at St. Anna” and “Happy-Go-Lucky”
#92: The Rules of Sad Assassins
#91: A Salute to Manny Farber and “Termite Actors”
#90: The 2008 (Indie) Fall Movie Preview
#89: Famously Disastrous Film Productions
#88: The Passion of the Passion Project
#87: Has Comic-Con Nuked the Fridge?
#86: Squandered Comedic Talent
#85: From Screen to Stage to Screen Again
#84: Is This the End of Indie Film?
#83: The Wide World of Drug Movies
#82: Taking On AFI’s Ten Top Tens
#81: On Child Actors
#80: Physical Disability on Film
#79: The Art of Online Video
#78: Cannes 2008 Endpoint
#77: Cannes 2008 Midpoint
#76: Raging (Uwe) Boll
#75: Not Another Teen Movie Podcast
#74: The 2008 (Indie) Summer Movie Preview
#73: Real Time Movies
#72: Senior Citizens on the Silver Screen
#71: Gambling in the Movies
#70: Remembering Anthony Minghella
#69: The Brothers Wilson
#68: South by Southwest 2008
#67: “The ’50s” in Recent Cinema
#66: New York City’s Outer Boroughs On Screen
#65: ’80s Nostalgia
#64: The Science of Chemistry
#63: The World of Super Bowl Advertising
#62: Oscar 2008 Snubs and Surprises
#61: The Movies of Sundance 2008
#60: “The Sundance Film”
#59: On Selling Out
#58: Looking Ahead to 2008
#57: Looking Back at 2007
#56: Daddy’s Little Directors
#55: Concerning Costume Dramas
#54: Confessing Some Cinematic Blindspots
#53: Screenwriters on Screen
#52: Motion-Capture and the Changing Face of Animation
#51: Television, the Emerging Medium
#50: Ridley Scott, King of the Director’s Cut
#49: Cinematic Sophomore Slumps
#48: Vampires Through the Ages
#47: An Appreciation of Mark Wahlberg
#46: “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead” and Phillip Seymour Hoffman
#45: Video Game Adaptations
#44: “Eastern Promises”
#43: The Indie Musical
#42: The 2007 Fall Movie Preview
#41: The Actor-Director
#40: Vacation Movies
#39: The Most Disturbing Sex Scenes of All Time
#38: When Singers Play Singers
#37: Movies Based on TV Shows
#36: Cerebral Science Fiction
#35: Trailer Daze 2007
#34: The Crimes of Robin Williams
#33: Bruce WIllis, Movie Star
#32: Looking Back at the First Half of 2007
#31: If We Ran Movie Studios
#30: The Cure For the Summertime Movie Blues
#29: Reevaluating William Friedkin
#28: At the 2007 Cannes Film Festival
#27: Movies That Have Sat On the Shelf
#26: Foreign Directors Making Their English Language Debut
#25: Strange Spectator Sport Movies
#24: The 2007 Summer Movie Preview
#23: A Cop Movie Cliche Lineup
#22: An Interview With Henry Rollins
#21: “Grindhouse” and Grind Houses
#20: 3D and The Return of The Gimmick
#19: Do Critics Matter?
#18: Indulgent Reflections on Movie Theaters
#17: Horror Movie Tropes
#16: Award Season Wrap-Up
#15: Predicting the 2007 Oscar Winners
#14: The Life and Times of Nicolas Cage
#13: Looking Forward To Spring
#12: Our Sundance 2007 Wrap-Up
#11: Predicting the 2007 Oscar Nominees
#10: The Worst Films of 2006
#9: Awesomely Inappropriate Holiday Fare
#8: The Best Movies of 2006
#7: Movies of 2006 Too Good To Be Forgotten
#6: Deep Into “Inland Empire”
#5: “The Nativity Story”
#4: The Year of Kamikaze Auteurism
#3: The New Didactic Film
#2: Where Have All the Biopics Gone?
#1: On “Borat”

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Style Council

Ranking the Best and Worst ’80s Movie Fashions

Get retro with The Breakfast Club and Footloose during IFC's '80s Weekend.

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In the era of big hair, there were some big fashion mistakes. In honor of the non-stop movie awesomeness coming your way during IFC’s ’80s Weekend, we’ve rated your favorite ’80s movie characters based off a trusty Reaganomics Scale. Here’s how we’re scoring the duds worn by characters from The Breakfast Club, Back to the Future and more on a scale of one to five Ronnies:

Awesome!Ron RRon RRon RRon RRon R

Rad!  Ron RRon RRon RRon R

Tubular! Ron RRon RRon R

Bogus! Ron RRon R

Gag me with a spoon! Ron R

As Doc Brown would say, we’ve gotta go back… to the ’80s!

10. Chevy Chase, National Lampoon’s Vacation

Clark Griswold
Warner Bros.

Clark Griswold is a lot of things: A well-meaning family man, a slightly deranged Wally World enthusiast and a pretty solid dresser. Sure, his dad-attire is a little dorky, but what dad attire isn’t? Overall, Griswold’s look still make sense in 2016. And for that we give him one enthusiastic Marty Moose chuckle.

Reagan-meter: Rad!
Ron RRon RRon RRon R

Click here to see all airings of National Lampoon’s Vacation on IFC.


9. Jamie Lee Curtis, A Fish Called Wanda

Fish Called Wanda
MGM

Witty, scheming Wanda can’t pick a lane when it comes to fashion. This pink fuzzy sweater is the worst of her choices.

Reagan-meter: Gag me with a spoon!
Ron R


8. Kevin Bacon, Footloose

Kevin Bacon Footloose
Paramount Pictures

For his classic abandoned warehouse dance sequence, Kevin Bacon wears the blandest ensemble possible: a plain sweatshirt and jeans. The dirty duds made sense for his portrayal of Ren McCormack, an angsty teen with something to prove. However, his style does not inspire us to cut loose.

Reagan-meter: Gag me with a spoon!
Ron R

However, later on he rocks a sweet tux to the prom:

Kevin Bacon Footloose
Paramount Pictures

For that look, Ren scores much higher. This is our time to dance!

Reagan-meter: Tubular!
Ron RRon RRon R

Click here to see all airings of Footloose on IFC.


7. Jennifer Connelly, Labyrinth

Labyrinth Sara
TriStar Pictures

We love how brave Sarah Williams is amid creepy Muppets and David Bowie’s epic Goblin King hair. However, her fashion choices are as confusing as the labyrinth itself. Another victim of the vest-crime, Sarah would’ve been better off to lose it and stick to the basic pieces underneath.

Reagan-Meter: Bogus!
Ron RRon R

Much better is the dress she wears during the ballroom scene. If you can ignore the fact that Sarah’s a teenager being seduced by a grown-up, it’s a pretty stylish and timeless look.

Labyrinth
TriStar Pictures

Reagan-Meter: Rad! 
Ron RRon RRon RRon R


6. Jon Cryer, Pretty in Pink

Duckie Pretty in Pink
Paramount Pictures

Duckie’s clothing reflects his off-beat sense of humor and (unearned but still endearing) confident air. With the layers of color, fedora and glasses, he looks like he belongs more in Williamsburg, Brooklyn circa 2016 than 1986.

Reagan-Meter: Tubular!
Ron RRon RRon R


5. Corey Feldman, The Lost Boys

The Lost Boys
Warner Bros.

Possibly the coolest adolescent vampire hunter on the planet, Edgar Frog ain’t afraid of nothing. His camo shirt and red headband are a bit Rambo Jr., but Feldman’s youthful intensity makes it work.

Reagan-Meter: Tubular! 
Ron RRon RRon R


4. Melanie Griffith, Working Girl

Working Girl
20th Century Fox

Mixing power suits with big hair and the occasional fancy gown for formal events, Melanie Griffith’s Tess McGill defined ’80s workplace attire. Bonus points for tossing the heels and opting for comfortable tennis shoes.

Reagan-Meter: Rad! 
Ron RRon RRon RRon R


3. Michael J. Fox, Back to the Future

Back to the Future
Universal Pictures

Michael J. Fox can do no harm, but his outfits in BTTF are not so McFly. The orange vest reads like a life preserver drowning in an ocean of denim. Great Scott, this is one unforgivable outfit.

Reagan-meter: Bogus! 
Ron RRon R


2. Winona Ryder, Heathers

Heathers

Mixing business casual and country club chic, Winona and the rest of the Heathers created a look that is still a favorite Halloween costume theme.

Reagan-meter: Awesome! 
Ron RRon RRon RRon RRon R


1. Molly Ringwald,  The Breakfast Club

Molly Ringwald
Universal Pictures

Dubbed “The Princess” of The Breakfast Club, Claire rocks a stylish pink blouse and brown wraparound skirt with matching boots. We dig her poised ensemble and agree that she is fashion royalty.

Reagan-Meter: Awesome! 
Ron RRon RRon RRon RRon R

Click here to see all airings of The Breakfast Club on IFC.

Get the scoop on IFC’s ’80s Weekend from “The Gipper” himself!

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Weird Science

10 Weird Movie Substances That Had Hilarious Consequences

Catch The Nutty Professor this month on IFC.

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If you’ve ever opened your refrigerator to find some seriously gnarly days-old potato salad, then you know that sometimes the most harmless-seeming things can turn freaky. Movies have conjured up some truly bizarre stuff, often the work of crazed scientists. Before you catch The Nutty Professor on IFC, check out some of the icky-est, gooey-ist and just plain weird substances on the big screen.

10. Flubber

Flubber
Walt Disney Studios

Professor Brainard’s “flying rubber” increases its speed every time it bounces, and increases the chaos, destruction and unlikely basketball-dunkage of anyone who uses it. Thankfully the movie ends before its thermodynamic impossibility cause the incineration of the entire universe.


9. Quantonium, Monsters Vs. Aliens

Monsters Vs Aliens
DreamWorks

In Monsters vs. Aliens, both action-packed parties are battling over Quantonium, an exotic material which massively empowers anyone who holds it. Literally in the case of Susan Murphy, whose exposure turns her into Ginormica and enables her to fight against Gallaxhar’s invasion force.


8. Sustengo, Little Fockers

Sustengo
Universal Pictures

After finally finding favor with his hard-bitten father-in-law, Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) finds himself strapped for cash and starts promoting Sustengo, an erectile dysfunction drug. Which means leaving boxes of ED drugs lying around a family who can’t even use a toilet without triggering a series of hilarious misunderstandings.


7. Iocane, Princess Bride

Iocane
20th Century Fox

Iocane is a deadly poison with no odor or taste that dissolves instantly in any liquid. The perfect tool for murder isn’t usually hilarious, but The Princess Bride makes everything funny. Hero Westley (Cary Elwes) tricks cunning Vizzini (Wallace Shawn) into drinking the poison in a game of wits. Vizzini lost, not knowing that the answer is “Don’t drink anything offered by someone who just talked about how awesome their poison is.”


6. PX-41, Despicable Me 2

PX41
Universal Pictures

The mutation compound engineered by PX-Labs turns anything into a purple, fluffy, indestructible killing machine. And when Despicable Me‘s famous Minions are dosed with it, look out. Dr. Nefario (Russell Brand) crafts an antidote, PX-41 Antidote, proving he’s much better with chemicals than he is with names.


5. Mood Slime, Ghostbusters II

Mood Slime
Columbia Pictures

When the Ghostbusters came back for their 1989 sequel, the slime they encountered was sillier and scarier. The “Mood Slime” was a special form of ectoplasm utterly saturated in the emotions of everyone and everything around it. And while our heroes energize some positive vibes with Aretha Franklin tunes, the entire city of New York’s psychic outpourings are filling the sewers with something distinctly less positive.


4. The Stuff

The Stuff
New World Pictures

A science fiction soft-serve satire, The Stuff is about an oddly organic treat which is utterly delicious and zero calories. In fact it’s negative calories, because if you eat enough it’ll take over your brain and hollow you out from the inside.


3. Miracle Weight Loss Serum, The Nutty Professor

Buddy Love
Universal Pictures

The core component of The Nutty Professor‘s plot is a miraculous weight loss serum, a simple fluid which re-engineers human DNA all by itself. This allows sweet but sizable Sherman Klump (Eddie Murphy) to transform into the tight, toned and turbocharged Buddy Love (Murphy again). The serum is revealed to be fatally dangerous, but anything which allows Eddie Murphy to play himself cranked up to the max is pure comedy gold.


2. Cobalt Thorium G, Dr. Strangelove

Dr Strangelove
Columbia Pictures

Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love The Bomb is about a bomb built with Cobalt Thorium G. It’s a doomsday device designed to annihilate all human civilization and is, slightly worryingly, based on the least fictional materials on this list. Cobalt and thorium both have applications in nuclear weapon design. Luckily we haven’t got them up to G yet.


1. Ectoplasm, Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters
Columbia Pictures

The Ghostbusters live in a world where ghosts are real but physics is still in charge. So while the ghouls are flung around with proton packs, they get the boys in grey back with their appalling ectoplasm, or slime, trail. As Venkman says, getting covered in the stuff will make you feel all funky.

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Retro Grades

The 11 Best Movie Comedies of the ’80s

Catch Fast Times at Ridgemont High during IFC's '80s Weekend.

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The ’80s gave us so many great things (Tab, anyone?), but when it comes to movie comedies, the Reagan years were a golden age of funny. In honor of IFC’s ’80s Weekend, we’ve selected the best big screen comedies from the decade that gave us Bill Murray, Eddie Murphy and other comedy greats. And like one of the movies featured below, this list goes to 11.

1. Back to the Future

“A high school slacker goes back in time, takes his mother to a dance, and gets dangerously close to becoming his own father.” The elevator pitch for Back to the Future doesn’t sound so charming, but the 1985 flick starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and Crispin Glover is declared by many as being the perfect movie. (Though we can’t officially say if the Eric Stoltz version would’ve been better.)


2. Ghostbusters

The sheer number of childhoods that were professed to be ruined by the recent reboot should tell you how beloved the original film is. A perfect blend of comedy, horror and fantasy, Ghostbusters has an indelible cast at the top of its game and a heap of one-liners worthy of countless casual references. They have the tools, and they have the talent.


3. Airplane!

Speaking of one-liners, it doesn’t get much more quotable than the 1980 Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker classic Airplane!. Almost a one-to-one parody of the 1957 disaster film Zero Hour!, Airplane! works so well because of how straight faced the zaniness is played — which is something its many imitators fail to notice.


4. This Is Spinal Tap

Rob Reiner, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer created the de facto mockumentary film with the hilarious 1984 rock diary This Is Spinal Tap. Heralded as one of the most accurate depictions of backstage life by actual real-life bands, the movie showcases an aging glam metal band struggling for the spotlight while keeping the group intact (especially the spontaneously combustible drummers).


5. National Lampoon’s Vacation

While Caddyshack and Fletch are quintessential Chevy Chase films, nothing beats the bumbling patriarch of the Griswold clan losing his mind en route to Wally World, America’s favorite family fun park. Yes, the sequels saw diminishing returns (aside from Christmas Vacation), but the one that started them all is endlessly watchable. Amen, let’s go!


6. Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Director Amy Heckerling and writer Cameron Crowe managed to capture exactly what high school life was like in the early-’80s. The awkwardness, the frustrations, the scares, the search for purpose and gratification, Fast Times presents its young characters as fully fleshed-out individuals (even the designated stoner shows nuance) and doesn’t talk down to its audience like many teen movies do. (Click here to see all airings of Fast Times at Ridgemont High on IFC.)


7. Beverly Hills Cop

A reminder of the days when Eddie Murphy was the edgiest comedian in showbiz, the one-two punch of Beverly Hills Cop and 48 Hrs. set the template for modern action comedies. We wouldn’t have the Rush Hour franchise and every Kevin Hart film without Axel Foley.


8. Trading Places

A treatise on the Nature vs. Nurture argument at the height of Reagan-era excess, Trading Places depicts the lives that are held in the balance when the mega-rich make friendly $1 wagers and just how joyous the retribution can be. Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy and Jamie Lee Curtis are terrific as the leads, the Duke Brothers are delightfully evil, and in all seriousness, that is a nice purse.


9. Better Off Dead

This 1985 Savage Steve Holland movie is teen angst at its most surreal and affably goofy. John Cusack stars as Lane Meyer, a high schooler still reeling from the loss of his girlfriend to a cocky champion skier. (Is there any other kind in an ’80s movie?) With bloodthirsty paperboys, foreign-exchange street races and stop-motion hamburger interludes, Better Off Dead doesn’t let realism get in the way of accurately portraying pure teen heartbreak.


10. Midnight Run

Of all the critically acclaimed pairings that actor Robert De Niro has had through the years, few are as entertaining as his reluctant team-up with a persnickety Charles Grodin in 1988’s Midnight Run. Perfect foils, the bounty hunter and mob accountant race against time, the Feds and mafia hits until mutual Stockholm Syndrome kicks in and the partnership stops becoming merely professional. (The counterfeit bill scene alone is worth the watch.)


11. Heathers

Heathers is the kind of pitch-black comedy that would never get a major release in 2016. Unflinching in its satire of school shootings, teen suicide and the tragedies that come with the need to fit in, the movie remains relevant to the kids currently growing up in a cruel and judgmental world. And the fact that it’s laugh-out-loud funny while also making a sharp point about youth culture is a testament to how great the movie really is.

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