Episode #912

Stop-Loss, Black 47, Stew

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Friday, March 21, 2008

Studio 360 Episode 912 Stop-Loss, Black 47, Stew Kimberley Peirce on the set of her movie "Stop-Loss" (Ralph Nelson)

Making sense of the Iraq War on film, in rock music, and on-stage. The director Kimberley Peirce tells a hidden war story in "Stop-Loss." The band Black 47 writes songs for a surprising fan base: combat soldiers. George Packer transforms his article on Iraqi translators into a stage play. Plus, songs and stories from Stew, the creator of "Passing Strange," the new rock musical that’s revolutionizing Broadway.

No Surge at the Box Office

Why aren't audiences drawn to movies about the war in Iraq? Kurt surveys the landscape and talks with the latest director to brave the war movie marketplace -- Kimberly Peirce. Peirce's new fiction film about Iraq,"Stop Loss," was inspired by her brother, who came back ...

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Kimberly Peirce

Kurt's conversation with director Kimberly Peirce continues. She sees a connection between "Stop-Loss" and her first feature, "Boys Don’t Cry:" “I think it was interesting seeing how a woman constructed herself as a man and how these young men also struggled to figure out what ...


Black 47

National Guard Captain Padraic Lilly related to Black 47's music instantly. When bandleader Larry Kirwan started hearing from soldiers like Lilly, their experiences fed a new batch of songs about the Iraq war. But Black 47's anti-war message doesn't sit well with all ...

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A year ago, New Yorker writer George Packer wrote an article called "Betrayed," which profiled the local interpreters who worked for the U.S. government in Iraq. Although their employment made them marked men and women in their neighborhoods, Packer found the U.S. did very little ...


Passing Strange

This ground-breaking rock musical is about a black teen who leaves LA to find himself in Berlin. Its creator Mark Stewart, known as Stew, talks with Kurt about the autobiographical show; it uses great humor, smart lyrics, and rock n’ roll to take on race, ...

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Bonus Track: "Keys / It's Alright"

"Keys/It's Alright" from the Broadway production of Mark Stewart's "Passing Strange."


Remembering Anthony Minghella

This week the British movie director Anthony Minghella died unexpectedly, at 54. He had a rare talent for making an old-fashioned romantic epic feel smart and fresh –- like in his films "The English Patient" and "Cold Mountain." Kurt spoke with Minghella in ...


Web Bonus: Minghella on Mentoring

Anthony Minghella talks to Kurt at Bridging Cultures, Generations and Market Forces, a panel at the Rolex Arts Weekend, 2007.


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