In her new film, Savage Grace, the actress Julianne Moore plays the wife of the heir to the Bakelite plastics fortune, a middle-class woman who’s married up, but who craves more than the comforts money can buy. As her emotional neediness gets entangled with her son’s, boundaries of all kinds get broken — and a tragedy looms. The movie, based on the true story of a scandalous high-society murder, is playing now in limited release; Rolling Stone critic Peter Travers says “Moore delivers a tour de force … [she’s] savagely moving in her haunting delineation of Barbara’s journey from loneliness to mania.”
For her film work, Moore has earned four Oscar nominations. But before The Hours and Far From Heaven, before The Big Lebowski and Boogie Nights, even before Short Cuts, Moore was the recipient of a Daytime Emmy — for “Outstanding Ingenue in a Drama Series” — for her work on As the World Turns.Moore talks to Terry Gross about her varied career, including that stint in the soaps, where she played two identical half-sisters — one of them good, one of them evil.
ALSO, Epidemiologist Elizabeth Pisani has worked on the front lines of HIV/AIDS research for more than a decade, talking to sex workers, drug users, health officials and bureaucrats alike in an effort to determine why 40 million people are living with HIV — and what can be done to curb the epidemic. Pisani’s new book, The Wisdom of Whores, looks at the bureaucracy surrounding AIDS research and treatment, and offers an alternative for the future. “It would mean spending lots more of the available money on prostitutes, addicts and gay guys, and lots less on school kids, pregnant women and church groups,” Pisani writes. “It would mean making fun things (sex, drugs) safe, instead of trying to make safe things (abstinence, monogamy) fun.” Pisani lives in Bangkok and southwestern Ireland. She has worked with the World Bank, the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Former White House press secretary SCOTT McCLELLAN joins Marty to talk about his memoir, What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception. He says White House officials relied on propaganda to sell the war on Iraq and that the Washington press corps was too easy on the administration. Then we talk to JONATHAN LANDAY, McClatchy Newspaper’s national security and intelligence correspondent about McClellan’s charges about the press. He wrote a “memo to Scott McClelland at his website Nukes and Spooks.com Listen to this show via Real Audio | mp3
Writer ANDRE DUBUS III’s new book is The Garden of Last Days. It follows the lives of four people over the course of one night just before 9/11 – a stripper in Florida, her landlady, a 9/11 hijacker who frequents the club where she works, a drunk patron of the club. Dubus’ previous novel was “The House of Sand and Fog.” He’s in the studio with Marty in this hour of Radio Times. Listen to this show via Real Audio | mp3
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Steve Lillywhite entered the music scene when he was 17 with Polygram studios in London as a tape operator and has been working with music for more than 35 years. Lillywhite has produced songs and albums with bands such as U2, Dave Matthews Band, Simple Minds, Peter Gabriel, XTC, the La’s and Morrissey. He has won GRAMMY® Awards for Producer of the Year, Best Rock Album, and Album of the year for U2’s album, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. He is know for his ability to inspire artists and has been instrumental in shaping many career-making albums and songs.