A Latino film producer cries foul on Argo, in which WASPy Ben Affleck plays Mexican-American Tony Mendez. Lawrence Wright (Going Clear) explains how L. Ron Hubbard turned from pulp fiction to Scientology, and an artist imagines a Gattaca-like future where every stray hair you leave can be used against you. Amanda Palmer talks back to Kickstarter, and the UK’s shyest pop stars, The xx, learn to weather success. [Broadcast Date: February 9, 2013] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kurt Andersen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/stud/130209/rt_stud_130209_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this hour, Stephen Marche is the author of How Shakespeare Changed Everything. He tells Anne Strainchamps why he thinks Shakespeare is the most important figure in history. Next, Novelist Arthur Phillips is the author of The Tragedy of Arthur. The book tells the story of a fictional character, also named Arthur Phillips, whose family finds a lost Shakespeare play.Then, David Orr says modern poetry shouldn´t intimidate us. He´s the author of Beautiful and Pointless: A Guide to Modern Poetry.Finally, Oscar Hijuelos is the first Latino to win the Pulitzer Prize for literature for his book The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love. His memoir is called Thoughts Without Cigarettes. [Broadcast Date: June 29, 2012] 1. Language: English. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/tbon/120629/rt_tbon_120629_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This week, three takes on superheroes. Kurt Andersen talks with Robert Rodriguez, who likes his characters ´´indestructible.” Now the film director is overseeing a new English language cable network for Latino audiences. A graphic novel brings to life the Boxer Rebellion, when peasants believed the gods would give them magical powers to defeat their enemies. And will the success of The Hunger Games finally bring some female action heroes to the big screen? [Broadcast Date: March 22, 2014] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kurt Andersen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/stud/140322/rt_stud_140322_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Journalist Bill Keller and actresses Lupe Ontiveros and Bonnie Hunt on this edition of Fresh Air. Bill Keller is a columnist for The New York Times and senior writer for the magazine section. He just returned from a trip to Russia. He´ll discuss Russia´s position on Iraq. Actress Lupe Ontiveros stars in the new film Real Women Have Curves as a mother at odds with her two teenage daughters. She recently starred in the independent film Chuck and Buck. Her other films include Todd Solontz´s Storytelling and James Brooks´ As Good as it Gets. In 1983 she had a major role in the movie El Norte. Ontiveros is a founding member of LA´s Latino Theatre Company. Bonnie Hunt´s currently starring in the new sitcom Life with Bonnie playing a TV morning show host, doctor´s wife and harried mother. It airs on ABC, Tuesday nights at 9 PM. It´s Hunt´s Third sitcom. Hunt came out of the Second City Comedy Troupe. (Broadcast Date: October 17, 2002) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/021017/rt_whyy_021017_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Author Jonathan Lethem and actress Maggie Gyllenhaal on this edition of Fresh Air. Jonathan Letham´s new semi-autobiographical novel, The Fortress of Solitude tells the story of Dylan Ebdus, a white kid growing up in an African-American and Latino neighborhood in New York. His last novel, Motherless Brooklyn won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. His other books include Girl in Landscape and Amnesia Moon. Maggie Gyllenhaal stars in the new John Sayles´ film Casa de los Babys. She received a Golden Globe nomination for ´´Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical,´´ for her starring role in the film Secretary. Her other films include Adaptation, and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. (Broadcast Date: September 30, 2003) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/030930/rt_whyy_030930_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Authors Dalton Conley and Niall Ferguson on this edition of Fresh Air. Dalton Conley is the author of the memoir, Honky, about growing up white in a predominately African American and Latino neighborhood on the Lower East Side of New York. Conley is Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Advanced Social Science Research at New York University. Niall Ferguson is the author of The Pity of War: Explaining World War I Ferguson is Fellow and Tutor in Modern History at Jesus College, Oxford, England. His other books include Paper and Iron and The House of Rothschild. Ferguson talks about why W.W.I was the century´s worst war and why he blames Great Britain for prolonging the war. (Broadcast Dates: November 26, 2001 and May 31, 1999) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/011126/rt_whyy_011126_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The annual comics extravaganza Comic-Con International is underway, with 125,000 fans geeking out at the San Diego Convention Center. And that doesn’t count all the film and TV stars on hand to court them: from Robert Downey, Jr., talking up Iron Man 3 to HBO producers peddling Game of Thrones. Next, it isn’t easy to put a fresh spin on A Streetcar Named Desire, one of the most acclaimed plays in American theatre, with its caricatured Brando scream of ´´Stella!” A new production on Broadway aims to shake things up, putting black and Latino actors in the lead roles.Then, a couple years ago, Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win an Oscar for directing The Hurt Locker. It wasn’t quite the tipping point for women many in the industry had hoped for: of the 250 major movies that came out last year in the US, women directed only 5% of them. But when it comes to commercial and critical breakthroughs among independent films, a shift seems to be happening.After that, a couple weeks ago, the music critic Tim Page posted a shortlist on Facebook of ´´perfectly good music that I never need to hear again.” He included Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, acts 1, 2, and 4 of Puccini’s La Boheme, Dave Brubeck’s ´´Take Five,´´ and the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper´s Lonely Heart´s Club Band. And finally, Dirty Projectors manage to be both avant-garde and accessible — the band plays experimental rock you can still dance to. They’ve collaborated with Bjork and David Byrne, and been covered by Solange Knowles (sister of Beyonce). [Broadcast Date: July 14, 2012] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kurt Andersen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/stud/120714/rt_stud_120714_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.