30 Minutes Or Less: Director Ruben Fleischer and star Jesse Eisenberg weigh in regarding this economic hard times comedic thriller. And Eisenberg’s turn as a down on his luck Grand Rapids, Michigan pizza delivery guy, forced by fellow bottom feeders in town, into taking extreme measures to rob a bank.
Mann V. Ford: A conversation with Ramapo Indian activist Wayne Mann, the subject of this HBO documentary. And the fierce five year legal battle of the Ringold, New Jersey Ramapo people against the Ford motor plant nearby, as they dumped toxic waste for decades on their land, sickening and decimating the tribe that lived there for centuries.
The Devil Himself: Writer Eric Dezenhall mines his fascination with gangsters and historical fiction, phoning in to Arts Express from D.C. to shed light on his latest novel, The Devil Himself. In this sort of hidden history noir, when the US government really did recruit mobsters like Meyer Lansky during WW II to rough up Nazi loyalists and infiltrators on the home front, Dezenhall sets the mood with some pretty juicy period mob stories to share. Touching on encounters with gangster book critics, the first ever mobsters who came over on the Mayflower, and how as an investigative writer, ‘the more you’re told to mind your own business, the sexier something becomes.’
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