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'The 99': Superheroes and Comics in the Islamic World

Monday, August 01, 2011

When times are tough, Americans often turn to comic books. The so-called Golden Age of Comics in the U.S. began with the Great Depression, when out-of-work Americans were desperate for superheroes and role models. Our appetite for Superman and the Green Lantern only grew as Hitler marched across Europe. And Americans aren’t the only ones who need superheroes in difficult times. Our guest for this segment is the author of "The 99," a comic book series published in Kuwait and translated into nine languages. "The 99" follows Islam-inspired superheroes as they fight evil dictators and extremists.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

John Waters' Role Models

Monday, May 30, 2011

John Waters, cult film director and the author of Role Models, talks about some of his favorite outsiders and what we should learn from them.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

John Waters' Role Models

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

John Waters, cult film director and the author of Role Models, talks about some of his favorite outsiders and what we should learn from them.

John Waters will be reading tonight at 7 pm at the Paula Cooper Gallery.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

John Waters's Role Models

Monday, June 07, 2010

In Role Models, filmmaker John Waters profiles his favorite personalities—some famous, some unknown—who helped shape his unique worldview.

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