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Boston Public Radio Podcast
Thu July 3, 2014
BPR: Laurence Tribe, Temple Grandin, Roz Chast,The Amazon Factor, From Books to Blockbusters
- Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe talks about his new book, Uncertain Justice: The Roberts Court and the Constitution, which is a forensic look at the Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts and the dynamics among the nine "supremes."
- Animal rights activist Temple Grandin, joins Jim and Margery to talk about her other area of advocacy, Autism. It's the subject of her latest book, The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across The Spectrum.
- Move over Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, cartoonist Roz Chast might have written the definitive book on death and dying. She talks about her new memoir, Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?
- Harvard historian Nancy Koehn asks if Amazon.com's "tentacular reach" is not only bad for books but bad for the social good as it takes on the publishing industry, mail delivery, and streaming TV.
- Film critic Garen Daly talks about Hollywood's dependence on turning books into blockbusters (and just as often, bombs). We also take your calls on your favorite and least favorite books on the big screen
Jim, Margery, and Garen are all in agreement that The Bonfire of the Vanities was the worst adaptation of a book to the big screen. Judge for yourself: