Thursday, August 11, 2016
Arts Express: War Dogs, Paul Robeson, Langston Hughes 'The Weary Blues,' Female Uprising In India
**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.
LISTEN TO THE SHOW HERE
**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.