ORWELL AND THE WAR ON TERROR
George Orwell wrote "1984" in response to two
of the reigning ideologies of his day - fascism and communism. Does his
dystopian story of Big Brother and Doublethink still matter today? In
this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge we'll talk with actor Tim Robbins,
who recently staged a theatrical adaptation of "1984" set in
our own time. He says the story is more relevant than ever.
Documentary film-maker Errol Morris has made
a film called "Standard Operating Procedure" about the American
soldiers at Abu Ghraib. Morris and journalist Philip Gourevitch
have written a companion book. Gourevitch tells Steve Paulson that the
nauseating photos from the prison are remarkable for many reasons, including
what they don't show. We also hear excerpts from the film including
interviews with soldiers who worked at Abu Ghraib prison.
Australian writer Richard Flanagan is the author
of "The Unknown Terrorist." He says that his book is the story
of a society gone haywire; Also, Fred Burton says we're right
to fear the insidious threat of terrorism. Burton was one of the first
three agents to serve in the U.S. government's elite Counter-Terrorism
Division and is the author of "Ghost: Confessions of a Counter-terrorism
Agent." He tells Anne Strainchamps who we should really be worried
about, and what kinds of threats are foiled by the intelligence services
Three members of The Actors' Gang, a theater
group in Los Angeles, perform a scene from George Orwell's "1984"
which the group recently staged, set in our own time. Artistic Director
for The Actors' Gang is Tim Robbins, star of such films as "Bull
Durham" and "Mystic River." Robbins tells Steve Paulson
what Orwell got right, and why he's still relevant. Also, Actor Jim
DeVita has written a novel called "The Silenced." He tells
Jim Fleming about the dystopian society he's created and why he's afraid
that something like it could happen to our world. And he reads an excerpt
from his novel.
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Fred Burton, Ghost: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent
|James DeVita, The Silenced
|Philip Gourevitch and Errol Morris,
Standard Operating Procedure (Penguin Press)
|Richard Flanagan, The Unknown
Terrorist (Grove Press)
- In Flanagan:
From Miles Davis'"Ascenseur pour L'echafaud"
*"Nuit sur les Champs-Elysees"
- After Burton:
S-Tone Inc. w/ "Limbe"
On "Euro Lounge"
Putumayo World Music
- After Robbins:
DJ Shadow w/ "Dark Days"
On "The Score"
- After DeVita:
Moby w/ "God Moving Over the Face of the Water"
On "The Score"
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