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] Language: English. Narrator: Kurt Andersen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/stud/130209de/bk_rhde_002536_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] Language: English. Narrator: Kurt Andersen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/stud/140322de/bk_rhde_002536_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] Language: English. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/tbon/120629de/bk_rhde_002536_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] Language: English. Narrator: Kurt Andersen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/stud/120714de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The quinceañera, the 15th birthday celebration for a Latina girl, is quickly becoming an American event. This legendary party is a sight to behold: lavish ball gowns, extravagant catered meals, DJs, limousines, and multi-tiered cakes. The must haves for a ´´quince´´ are becoming as numerous and costly as a prom or wedding. And yet, this elaborate ritual also hearkens back to traditions from native countries and communities, offering young Latinas a chance to connect with their heritage. In Once Upon a Quinceañera, Julia Alvarez explores this celebration that brings a Latina girl into womanhood. She attends the quince of a young woman named ´´Monica´´ who lives in Queens, and witnesses the commotion, confusion, and potential for disaster that comes with planning this important event. Alvarez also weaves in interviews with other quince girls, her own memories of coming of age as an immigrant, and the history of the custom itself: how it originated and what has changed as Latinas become accustomed to a supersize American culture.Once Upon a Quinceañera is an enlightening, accessible, and entertaining portrait of contemporary Latino culture, as well as a critical look at the rituals of coming of age and the economic and social consequences of the quince parties. Julia Alvarez´s dedicated fans will be eager to hear her thoughts on this topic. It is a great book for anyone interested in American youth today: parents, teachers, and teenagers themselves. ungekürzt. Language: English. Narrator: Daphne Rubin-Vega. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/000697de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.