Stories for November 9, 2007
Strummer died in 2002 of a heart attack. Temple never interviewed Strummer for the film, but he amasses a number of audio and video interviews so that Strummer still essentially has a chance to tell his own story. Temple attempts to hook up with not only his fellow Clash band members but other friends from the past and associates from his work in the film world. He avoids almost entirely standard talking heads style interviews. Instead he gathers some of his subjects around a campfire (something Strummer apparently liked to do) and chats with them informally in this outdoor venue. The whole thing feels like an impromptu reunion where people drink and reminisce about old times and Strummer. But Temple's choice to not identify anyone that he interviews can grow annoying, and if you don't know the players, you may get lost. Even if you are familiar with some of the people in Strummer's life, a number of them have aged to such a degree that you must do a double take to recall who they are. The end result is a documentary that feels very insider and exclusive, as if it were made for that circle of friends around the campfire.
Lions for Lambs
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has offered to help the Mexican government respond to massive flooding in the southern state of Tabasco. About 80 percent of the state is underwater. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.
San Diego Gas and Electric wants to build a transmission project that would stretch 150 miles from the Imperial Valley to San Diego. People for and against the Sunrise Powerlink project filed briefs with a state regulator today. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.
A large shipment of school supplies is on its way to San Diego's Lincoln High School a week after the campus was publicly criticized for having too many kids and not enough materials to go around. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.
The dry year and recent wildfires have some San Diego County residents thinking about fire-wise landscaping. A festival tomorrow in El Cajon will be a one stop shop for anyone looking for plants or advice. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.
Listen to the best musical interludes heard throughout the week on These Days. This week's picks include tracks from So Percussion, Thievery Corporation, The Hives, Feist, M.I.A., Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, The Walkmen and Miles Davis.
The wildfires that raced through San Diego County last month caused more than $42 million in crop damage. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.
2007 is the deadliest year of the Iraq War for United States troops. This week on the Editors Roundtable, as veterans day approaches, we ask what will next year bring in Iraq? Plus, is the beach booze ban a good idea? And, why are city charter changes hitting a roadblock? Next time, on the Editors Roundtable.