Arts Express: Wallace Shawn Talks Admission

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A Conversation With Wallace Shawn: The eminent actor and writer discusses his latest film Admission, a satire about ivy league application machinations. Along with the possibility that he himself may have been admitted to Harvard before he was born; D lists and super-elites; how come Shawn doesn’t have a clue as to why he’s funny; why he refuses to watch TV; and and his upcoming film that’s been described as Hitchcock on acid. Also, revisiting Shawn’s performance in My Dinner With Andre.

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**Atomic Mom: Filmmaker M.T. Silvia uncovers to her shock and dismay, the secret life her mother led during M.T.’s childhood, at a Nevada testing site for atom bombs. Sylvia phones in from Oakland to describe how her mother turned whistleblower during the making of her documentary, Atomic Mom.

She also delves into kooky when not entirely creepy topics like the 1950s sinister symbiotic connection back then between glitzy Vegas and the nearby detonations; the giddy atomic bomb culture, including a nuclear theme park museum boasting a souvenir shop hawking fashion statements accessorizing for the apocalypse; nuclear playlists that were all the rage; protester cages; and a US military decree enforced in post-WW II Japan that criminalized even mentioning the existence of the atomic bombs dropped there.

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Prairie Miller is a New York multimedia journalist online, in print and radio, who reviews movies and conducts in-depth interviews. She can also be heard on WBAI/Pacifica National Radio Network’s Arts Express.