Leonardo Cerda is an Ecuadorian youth climate, energy and sustainability activist. He is part of an organization called FAOICIN that is running a campaign to promote sustainable projects as an alternative for communities, associations, and other indigenous social actors to promote the recovery of ancestral customs.
Host Ed Goldberg interviews David Shields, author of The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead, a meditation on life, living and contemplating death. David Shields is the author of eight books, including Black Planet: Facing Race During an NBA Season, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Remote: Reflections on Life in the Shadow of Celebrity, winner of the PEN/Revson Award; and Dead Languages: A Novel, winner of the Governor's Writers Award.
Words & Pictures travels north to Bellingham, Washington, to visit Canadian comics and animation wizard Michel Gagne, whose work runs the gamut from the abstract jazz-inspired film Sensology to concept design for Disney and Pixar.
Gagne's bewildering take on the Dark Knight for DC Comics (Batman: Spore) infuriated traditional superhero fans, and his recently unveiled project Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet breaks the mold for computer-based gaming. Recorded with the kind assistance of KUGS-FM Western Washington University.
Humor and irony can be ways of deflating those who oppress us--but they can also promote stereotypes and immunize us from passions for serious causes. Jan Haaken and Bob Samuels discuss the complex issues posed by the popularity of The Daily Show, Stephen Colbert, and the movie Religulous. Samuels is the author of Teaching the Rhetoric of Resistance.