Thursday, August 11, 2016

Arts Express: War Dogs, Paul Robeson, Langston Hughes 'The Weary Blues,' Female Uprising In India

                Parched: Oppressed Indian Women Rising Up

**Guy Lawson Talks War Dogs: Rolling Stones journalist, upon whose investigative report this political satire starring Jonah Hill as the real life US military gun runner is based, sheds light in this conversation on how weaponry feeds the military industrial complex, as depicted in this scathing dramatic feature. And actually a second war in progress - the apparently legal arms dealer bidding war online. Lawson's original report adapted to the big screen, is titled: 'The Stoner Arms Dealers: How Two American Kids Became Big-Time Weapons Traders - And How The Pentagon Later Turned On Them.'

**Call Mr. Robeson: A Life With Songs.
UK African-British actor and performer Tayo Aluko phones in from Vancouver to the Arts Express Theater Corner, to describe the worldwide tour on stage of his passionate and illuminating labor of love solo show dedicated to the life, legacy, political persecution and art of the late persecuted actor and activist Paul Robeson. And which is scheduled to return for theatrical performances here in the US in September.


**Parched: Filmmaker Leena Yadav is on the line from India to talk about her latest movie, a dramatic feature focusing on the troubled but resilient lives of oppressed rural women there, as systemic victims of violence. And both based on and dedicated to those women who endure that horror and shared their stories.

**Poetry Corner: The vintage jazz poetry of Langston Hughes.
The late African American poet reads 'The Weary Blues' in 1925, with jazz accompaniment from the Doug Parker Band. The Arts Express Best Of The Net Hotspot this week.

Arts Express: Airing on WBAI Radio in NY and the Pacifica National Radio Network and Affiliate Stations.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Arts Express: Australian New Wave Director Gillian Armstrong Talks Women He's Undressed

Bro On the 'Game Of Thrones 2016' US Presidential Election; Filmmaker Andrew Morgan Talks Toxic Global Garment Industry Oppression, Commercial Advertising Propaganda In Collusion, And 'Poverty Is Not An Accident'; Australian Director Gillian Armstrong On Her Designer Orry-Kelly Doc 'Women He's Undressed,' And Something To Do With Kathryn Hepburn, Busby Berkeley And Betty Davis Bras, Not Eyes,

**Andrew Morgan Talks The True Cost: 'Poverty Is Not An Accident.' The filmmaker is on the line to Arts Express from London to talk about the greed, power, poverty and fear surrounding the global fashion industry, that is exposed in his documentary. The LA based director delves into what deeply disturbed him about the clothing manufacturing multinationals, that led him to embark on an investigation traveling the globe to uncover the massive criminal evidence targeting those exploited and victimized garment workers everywhere, making clothes for the world. Morgan also considers what is to be done, along with scrutinizing how the toxic effects of commercial propaganda known as advertising, factor in. Out on DVD.


**Bro On The Euro-Cultural Beat: Arts Express Paris Correspondent Professor Dennis Broe's outsider analysis of the US presidential race, '2016's Game Of Thrones.' Probing one of the most bizarre election periods in US history, where 'each is not the other, and the other is unthinkable.'
Broe also presents on location updates on the current mass uprising protests across France, verging on revolution.

**Women He's Undressed: Australian New Wave director Gillian Armstrong [My Brilliant Career] phones in from Toronto to delve into her multimedia documentary biopic out on DVD, about the late distinguished Hollywood costume designer, Orry-Kelly. And the many screen actresses he dressed through the years, including Kathryn Hepburn, Ava Gardner, Betty Grable, Ingrid Bergman, Marilyn Monroe, and the women of the Busby Berkeley chorus lines. And something having to do, not with Bette Davis eyes, but rather Bette Davis bras.
Arts Express: Airing on WBAI Radio in NY and the Pacifica National Radio Network and Affiliate Stations.