FROM John August
'Big Fish' the Musical In the late 90's, John August read the book Big Fish by Daniel Wallace and convinced Sony to buy it for him to adapt into a movie. That film , directed by Tim Burton, came out in 2003. Even then August knew he wasn't done with the story. For the last nine years he's worked on developing Big Fish into a Broadway musical . Now it has just opened to preview audiences at the Neil Simon theater in New York. John August and producer Dan Jinks, who with his partner produced the movie Big Fish, talk with Kim Masters about their learning curve in mounting a musical and the differences with making movies. Plus, they outline how they carefully developed the story for years in secret with Tony-nominated lyricist and composer, Andrew Lippa.
Elif Batuman: The Idiot Selin, the heroine of Batuman’s autobiographical first novel, The Idiot, is an 18-year-old Harvard freshman of Turkish-American descent. Set in 1995, the novel observes the rise of internet culture.
States allowed to strip federal funds from abortion clinics President Trump signed the law allowing states to block federal funding to family planning clinics that offer abortions. Critics say this could potentially devastate the health care network that low-income women rely on for birth control and other reproductive care.
Bassem Youssef and Sara Taksler on 'Tickling Giants' Known as the "Jon Stewart of Egypt," Bassem Youssef hosted a satirical news show that was the first of its kind in the Middle East. The show was immensely popular, until the military-backed government forced Youssef off the air and out of the country. Youssef and director Sara Taksler tell us about their documentary Tickling Giants, which profiles Youssef’s leap from heart surgeon to super star satirist.