Every single person to whom I've mentioned The Beaver has announced that he or she has no intention of seeing another movie starring Mel Gibson — even if he's playing a nut job like they think he is in life.
But I couldn't wait. I think Gibson is a fascinating actor, and he was especially good playing crazy in the 1997 thriller Conspiracy Theory, a welcome change from the usual Make Mel Mad template where he's driven to take vengeance on those who kill or kidnap his wife or lover or child or dog.
Host Michel Martin and NPR digital media editor Tanya Ballard Brown comb through listener feedback and offer updates to recent conversations on Tell Me More. This week, listeners weigh in on the death of Osama bin Laden and the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Riders. Brown also gives an update that Apple has announced a reduction in how long its iPhones store location tracking data.
The Beastie Boys are all about noise. Their beats are big and booming. Their production style is intentionally fuzzy and frequently distorted. Their lyrics are the dense, articulate yammerings of wiseguys who will not get out of your face.
The nonprofit Save the Children has released its 12th annual "Mothers Index," which says Norway is the best place to be a mother while Afghanistan is the worst. The U.S. ranks 31st. Host Michel Martin discusses the report's findings with Mary Beth Powers, the head of Save the Children's newborn and child survival campaign.
The "Beauty Shop" ladies discuss Lara Logan's 60 Minutes interview about her sexual assault in Egypt, and what Osama bin Laden's death means for the future of terrorism. And as Mother's Day approaches, the ladies reveal how they balance work and life, especially when their jobs take them overseas and into war zones. Host Michel Martin speaks with Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, author of The Dressmaker of Khair Khana; Mona Eltahawy, columnist on Arab and Muslim issues; Jamie Tarabay, former NPR Baghdad bureau chief; and Hannah Allam, Cairo bureau chief for McClatchy Newspapers.
Host Michel Martin continues her discussion with Karen Greenberg on whether harsh tactics like waterboarding lead to valuable information. Greenberg argues there is no proof that coercive methods work better than traditional interrogation tactics. She is the author of a number of books on al-Qaeda, Guantanamo Bay and torture.
Osama bin Laden's death has reignited debate about whether tactics like waterboarding produce valuable data. Earlier in the program, former Bush administration official John Yoo argued that "enhanced interrogation techniques" were crucial to finding bin Laden. Host Michel Martin addresses the other side of this debate with Karen Greenberg, author of books on al-Qaeda, Guantanamo Bay and torture.
Osama bin Laden's death has sparked a debate on whether "enhanced interrogation techniques" were responsible for finding bin Laden. Host Michel Martin speaks with former Bush administration official John Yoo, who says coercion was pivotal in gathering data. During Bush's first presidential term, Yoo wrote legal memos justifying the use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" and warrantless wiretaps.