25 November 2009 0 Comments

Where BBC radio producers get their ideas

I was invited to appear on a BBC World Service programme last weekend. If you’ve ever wondered how radio producers feed their on-air people interesting information about their guests (thus enabling them to create a breezy “chemistry” and to relate the day’s news stories to the knowledge or experience of the guest), here’s the questionnaire […]

23 November 2009 0 Comments

Why Israelis pick Tarantino over Spielberg

Latent shame over the Jews’ failure to stand up to the Nazis is cited as a reason for the success of “Inglourious Basterds.”By Matt Beynon Rees – GlobalPost JERUSALEM, Israel — Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” is the definitive Israeli movie. The bloodthirsty revenge fantasy of Jewish soldiers crushing German skulls with baseball bats and scalping […]