Financial Warfare; "Wadjda"; Transgender Transformations; One Doctor on Changing Medicine

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Monday, September 09, 2013

Juan Zarate, who crafted the government’s financial warfare tactics at both the Treasury and the White House, explains how the US government fights back against rogue regimes, criminal syndicates, and terrorists. Writer-director Haifaa Al Mansour talks about her film, “Wadjda,” shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, despite severe restrictions. Film critic Molly Haskell on her brother’s decision to undergo gender reassignment surgery at the age of 60. And Dr. Brendan Reilly on his experiences on the front lines of our medical system and the ways medicine has changed over his career.

A New Era of Financial Warfare

Juan Zarate, former senior Treasury and White House official explains how America has been waging financial warfare against the financial networks of rogue regimes, proliferators, terrorist groups, and criminal syndicates. In Treasury’s War: The Unleashing of a New Era of Financial Warfare, he details how a small group of officials have used the Treasury to apply financial pressure against America’s enemies and play critical role in the geopolitical challenges facing the United States, including terrorism, nuclear proliferation, and the regimes in Iran, North Korea and Syria.

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Writer-director Haifaa Al Mansour discusses her new movie “Wadjda.” The first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia is the story of a young girl in a suburb of Riyadh determined to raise enough money to buy a bike in a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl's virtue. “Wadjda” is the first feature film made by a female Saudi filmmaker, and it opens September 13 at Angelika and Lincoln Plaza

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My Brother My Sister: A Story of a Transformation

Film critic Molly Haskell explores the controversial subject of gender reassignment and transsexuals from both a personal and a social perspective. Her book My Brother My Sister: A Story of a Transformation is about her own brother’s decision to become a woman and chronicles his transformation into Ellen through a series of psychological evaluations, grueling surgeries, drug regimens, and fashion lessons.

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One Doctor

Dr. Brendan Reilly discusses dealing with daunting challenges of caring his patients at a renowned teaching hospital while also caring for his 90-year-old parents He  looks at the ways medicine has changed during his career, for both better and worse. His book One Doctor: Close Calls, Cold Cases, and the Mysteries of Medicine explores a fragmented, depersonal­ized, business-driven health-care system where real caring is hard to find.

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Guest Picks: Haifaa Al Mansour

Director Haifaa Al Mansour was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about her film, "Wadjda." It's the first feature film to be shot entirely in Saudia Arabia and it tells the story of a girl who wants to buy bicycle. She also told us who she's following on Twitter.


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