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Writer to Writer: Danny Schechter on the many faces of Nelson Mandela

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Danny Schechter is an Emmy Award-winning producer for ABC News, and the author of sixteen books. He’s produced and directed six documentary films about Nelson Mandela. For his fascinating new Mandela book, Madiba A to Z, Schechter spoke with a wide range of people who knew the former South African president, from his prison cellmates and guards to former presidents, cabinet members and Mandela’s closest friends and family. Schechter paints an intimate portrait of Nelson Mandela, and wrestles with the same questions Mandela raised: What is forgiveness? What are justice and equality? How long must the long walk to freedom go on before we are free? In this interview, Schechter provides insights into Nelson Mandela, showing us the man behind…

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Writer to Writer: David Mamet

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As a writer, David Mamet has done it all, making him one of the most acclaimed, and eclectic writers of our time. He’s published poetry, essays, and novels. As a playwright, he has won a Pulitzer Prize and received Tony nominations. He’s written and directed feature films and screenplays for television. He created, produced and frequently wrote for the television series The Unit. I just finished reading his latest work, Three War Stories, a trio of novellas to be published November 11, 2013.  I was interested in discussing with David about “Mamet speak,” but was even more curious to know, given his plethora of experience, what effects he thought Hollywood and mass media had on the theatre today. Listen in…

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Each November two things come to mind: Thankgiving and JFK

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Each November, two things come to mind for many people: Thanksgiving and President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Conspiracy theories abound, some more credible than others. None are confirmed and none are airtight. Larry Sabato, Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia and the director of its Center for Politics, has written The Kennedy Half-Century: The Presidency, Assassination, and Lasting Legacy of John F. Kennedy, a fascinating new book based on extraordinary research, coming fifty years after President Kennedy’s death. Professor Sabato sticks with facts, not speculation, although he provides insights into multiple theories surrounding JFK’s death and many other issues of the Kennedy presidency and its legacy. The book points out many controversial things about President Kennedy, his presidency,…

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