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Stories for September 22, 2007

Lost in Translation

Sept. 22
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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This week on A Way with Words: When traveling abroad, are you charmed by mistranslations? Martha and Grant discuss China’s effort to eradicate awkward English before the Olympics. And . . . podcast only: Martha announces the winner of the Collective Noun Contest.

The Hunting Party

Sept. 22
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

In

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Sept. 22
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Across the Universe

Sept. 22
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

First, Taymor selected 33 songs from Sony's 200-title Beatles songbook (rights use was reportedly $10 million). She chose songs from the Beatles' early pop years and well as the more socially conscious songs John Lennon was pushing for around the time of the Beatles' break up. She then worked with screenwriters Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to fashion a story that would weave these songs together into some kind of narrative. She couldn't use any of the Beatles' original recordings, so all the songs are newly arranged and sung by the mostly young cast (a few singing cameos by vets such as Joe Cocker and Bono are sprinkled in).

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Sept. 22
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

American Visa

Sept. 22
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

That's where the story really begins. Mario wants to join his son in Miami and needs to get a visa. But he's told that since everyone wants to move to America, visas are hard to come by. Mario tries the legitimate route and is rejected. So he decides to try his luck with a more shady operator who demands $5,000 for the visa. The steep price forces Mario to consider how badly he wants to leave and what price he's willing to pay. Complicating matters are a beautiful woman named Blanca (Kate del Castillo of the upcoming

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Sept. 22
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Politics of Decision-Making

Sept. 22
By Gloria Penner and KPBS Commentaries

Some worried admirers of progressive San Diego Councilwoman Donna Frye's populist approach to politics are questioning two of her recent votes. She opposed the ban on big box stores in the city of San Diego, and two weeks ago she voted against the friends of the court brief endorsing same-sex marriage. (She later voted for it.)

Sanders' Tears

Sept. 22
By Alison St John and Off Mic

As luck -- or life -- would have it, I was not at the press conference where