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Issa López Gets Real And Surreal With 'Tigers Are Not Afraid'




Director Issa López on the set of
Director Issa López on the set of "Tigers Are Not Afraid."

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On today's show:

Hear Her Roar

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Issa López has had a long and varied career as a creative, first as an award-winning fiction writer, then as a TV writer for "Plaza Sésamo" (Latin America’s "Sesame Street") and, later, telenovelas. Eventually she began writing and directing feature films. Her latest movie, “Tigers Are Not Afraid,” is a dark fairytale about a group of children, orphaned and living on the streets amidst drug-related violence in their Mexican town. López talks about the limits of genre, her personal connection to the film, and the reactions of different audiences around the world.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-kCERB3ss4

The Present-Day resonance of 'Chernobyl'

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The recent nuclear mishap in Russia has officials there using some of the same rhetoric as when a Soviet nuclear reactor melted down in 1986. So we are revisiting our interview with Craig Mazin, creator of the five-part HBO miniseries, "Chernobyl." Mazin says the series is a warning about the human tendency we have to believe narrative over what's true. He talks with John Horn about how he stumbled upon untold pieces to this story that led him to make the show. ("Chernobyl" has 19 Emmy nominations, including for Best Limited Series.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9APLXM9Ei8

Still Rolling After All These Years

(Starts at 18:40)

In 1964, The Rolling Stones played their first-ever U.S. show in San Bernardino. With the lads coming to the Rose Bowl on Aug. 22, we revisit a story from former KPCC reporter Kevin Ferguson about that eventful show from 55 years ago.