Mexican Drug War, Raising a Genius, Growing Up with Animals, Director William Friedkin

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Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Anna Sale fills in for Leonard. She talks to Kristine Barnett about raising her son, Jacob, who’s a math genius who many think could win the Nobel Prize in Physics one day. Then, Clare Balding tells us about growing up on an estate with more than 100 horses. Oscar-winning director William Friedkin talks about directing “The Exorcist,” “The French Connection” and “The Rules of Engagement.”

Dana Priest on the U.S.'s Role in Mexico's Drug War

The United States and Mexican security services have forged an unparalleled relationship in recent years in the fight against drug cartels. But now, much of that cooperation may be in jeopardy. Washington Post National Security Reporter Dana Priest talks about the cooperation between agencies like the CIA, the DEA, and the FBI and their Mexican counterparts and looks at how that relationship may change on the eve of President Obama’s trip to Mexico.

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A Mother’s Story of Nurturing Genius

Kristine Barnett talks about her son Jacob, who has an IQ higher than Albert Einstein’s, a photographic memory, and taught himself calculus in two weeks, despite the fact that when Jake was diagnosed with autism at age two, Kristine was told he might never be able to tie his own shoes. The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing Genius is her memoir of raising her son, focusing not on what he couldn’t do, but on what he could do.

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Clare Balding on Animals and Other Family

Clare Balding talks about growing up in an unusual household—with more than 100 thoroughbred racehorses, mares, foals, and ponies, as well as an ever-present pack of dogs. As the child of a renowned horse trainer, Clare rode legendary racehorses and received her first pony as a gift from Her Majesty the Queen of England. In her memoir My Animals and Other Family, she writes of her struggles growing up and tells her own coming-of-age story through portraits of her beloved horses and dogs.

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Academy Award–winning director William Friedkin

Academy Award–winning director William Friedkin talks about his career in movies and how Hollywood changed to capture the paranoia and fear of a nation undergoing a cultural nervous breakdown. His long-awaited memoir The Friedkin Connection is about making the films The French Connection, The Exorcist, and To Live and Die in LA, from the 1960s to today.

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William Friedkin at WNYC May 1, 2013

Guest Picks: William Friedkin

Pioneering director William Friedkin was a guest on the show May 1, with guest host Anna Sale. He pointed out that on May 1, 1941, Orson Welles' masterpiece "Citizen Kane" opened. It's the film that made Friedkin want to become a filmmaker. He shared a few of his favorite things with us while he was here.




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