On today's show (originally aired Nov. 8):
An Original Riot Girl
(Starts at 7:45)
Kim Gordon is best known as the bassist and singer of the New York City-based no wave band, Sonic Youth, a group she formed in 1981 with guitarist Thurston Moore. Before that, Gordon had studied to be a visual artist at Otis College of Art and Design. When Sonic Youth dissolved in 2011, Gordon moved back to Los Angeles and started writing poetry and painting in addition to making music. She published a memoir in 2015 called "Girl in a Band" and recently released her debut solo album, "No Home Record." She talked about all that with John Horn.
BREAKING UP THE BOYS' CLUB
(Starts at :45)
Nell Scovell knows a lot about working in male-dominated worlds. The TV writer co-authored Sheryl Sandberg’s 2013 book, “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead.” And last year Scovell published the memoir, “Just The Funny Parts: And a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking into the Hollywood Boys' Club.” But, really, she’s been writing about this stuff for years.In 2009 she wrote an article publicly calling out her former boss — late night television king, David Letterman — for running a writers room that favored men over women. She never heard from him about that piece but recently, ten years later, Scovell and Letterman sat down face-to-face to talk about it. She’s written about that experience in Vanity Fair. The article is titled: “Ten Years Ago, I Called Out David Letterman. This Month, We Sat Down to Talk.” And now, she sits down with John Horn.
THE SHORT AND LONG OF 'ATLANTICS'
(Starts at 18:45)
At the Cannes Film Festival this year, French filmmaker Mati Diop became the first black female director to screen a film in competition there. Her film, "Atlantics," which she also co-wrote, went on to win the Grand Prix at Cannes. And as Senegal's official entry for the best international feature film, it is on the short list of nominees for the Academy Awards. Diop was inspired to make the film after shooting her 2009 documentary short film of the same name in Dakar, where Diop's father is from. The narrative feature-length version of "Atlantics" tells the tragic love story of a young woman named Ada and a construction worker named Souleimane, who vanishes while en route to Spain. John Horn spoke with Diop about "Atlantics," which she describes as a "ghost love story," at the Middleburg Film Festival this fall. (The film is available on Netflix.)