Philip Roth is one of America’s greatest living writers. The words that’ve earned him a Pulitzer Prize and a pair of National Book Awards, though, are notoriously hard to translate into screenplays. This week, we talk about why "American Pastoral" is the latest on the list of duds with Derek Royal, a Roth expert from UT-Dallas.
In the early 1970s, the Up Stairs Lounge was one of the centers of gay life in New Orleans. That was before an arsonist set fire to the club, killing 32 people in what was the largest mass murder of gay people in the U.S. until June’s shooting in Orlando. This week, we talk with the Dallas director of "Upstairs Inferno," a new documentary about the tragedy.
This year’s Dallas VideoFest features D.W. Griffith’s 1915 silent film “The Birth of a Nation.” There is a twist, though: The movie, which is known for championing the Ku Klux Klan, has been re-cut and re-scored by an internationally known African-American DJ. This week, we talk with DJ Spooky about putting his own stamp on one of history’s most notorious films
“The Birth of a Nation” looks at the 1831 slave rebellion led by Nat Turner. The film is generating serious awards buzz, as well as controversy. This week, we focus on the historical events that inspired the movie with Edward Countryman, an SMU professor who specializes in American history.