In his new film Outrage, Academy Award-nominated director Kirby Dick (This Film Is Not Yet Rated) turns his camera on some of the nation’s most powerful policymakers — politicians, in both legislatures and executive suites, who live what some say are closeted gay lives while chalking up what activists describe as deplorably anti-gay voting records. Dick says he wants to “highlight the hypocrisy” by consulting openly gay politicians and journalists for their insights while talking to insiders about what they know. Dicks previous documentary films include This Film is Not Yet Rated, which looks at the byzantine world of the Motion Picture Association of America’s film ratings system, and Twist of Faith, about sex-abuse cover-ups in the Catholic Church. Dick joins Fresh Air host Terry Gross to talk about the double lives of closeted politicians and the ethics involved in making their lifestyles public. ALSO, Dan Gurley, a former field director for the Republican National Committee, oversaw anti-gay campaigns for the RNC. He has since been the subject of an “outing” campaign, and he appears in Kirby Dick’s new film Outrage. Gurley now works for Equality North Carolina, a statewide group dedicated to securing equal rights and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. He joins Fresh Air host Terry Gross to talk about his work with the RNC, and life after. ALSO, Camilla Taylor, a lawyer for the LGBT rights group Lambda Legal, was lead counsel on the case Varnum v. Brien, representing six same-sex Iowa couples who wanted to get married. In April, the lawsuit went before the Iowa Supreme Court — and the court voted unanimously that the state’s same-sex marriage ban violates the constitutional rights of gay and lesbian couples. Taylor speaks with Fresh Air host Terry Gross about her work with and on behalf of the LGBT community.
The latest on the financial crisis including bank stress, inflation, off-shore tax havens, and the national debt with ALAN BLINDER. He is Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University. Blinder was Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in the mid 1990s. Before that he was a member of president Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers. He writes regularly for the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.
Click click click. Have you dated someone you met on the internet? Have you had cybersex with that person? How do you keep up with modern sexuality? The erotic section of Craigslist, Casual Encounters, made the news last month with the murder charge of Philip H. Markoff. But the abuse of the internet for sex isn’t what our guest, sex tech columnist, REGINA LYNN focuses on. Lynn tries to dispel the apprehension surrounding the use of new technologies to help redefine sex, relationships, and love in the information age. Author of two books on sex and former Wired columnist, Regina Lynn’s writing can be found at reginalynn.com.
In a lush haze of Afro-pop beats and psychedelic warbling, Brooklyn’s Here We Go Magic creates powerful soundscapes. Fronted by singer-songwriter Luke Temple, the group’s sound is bolstered by eclectic instrumentation and Temple’s introspective tenor. The band’s self-titled debut was produced over a two-month period, during which Temple messed around with a 4-track, recording stream-of-consciousness vocals in his bedroom. The disc’s colorful swirl of synthesizers and guitars ranges from electronic folk to psychedelia to lo-fi acoustic. Even before Here We Go Magic made its debut, blogs were buzzing with anticipation; since the album was released, many critics have hailed Here We Go Magic as one of 2009’s most promising newcomers. The band is set to begin touring with fellow its fellow Brooklynites in Grizzly Bear, starting in late May.