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Stories for September 8, 2007

3:10 to Yuma

Sept. 8
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Mangold and his trio of screenwriters treat that first film as if it were a play that needed opening up. The premise is the same but now there is a longer ride to the railway station involving travel through dangerous Indian territory and then through a mine where major gunplay and explosives are employed. When they finally get to the town, there's not much time before the train arrives but the odds against making it to the train have been so drastically increased that the end becomes unbelievably absurd.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Sept. 8
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Politics of Water or Goodbye to Street Showers

Sept. 8
By Gloria Penner and KPBS Commentaries

When I was growing up in Brooklyn, the dog days of summer were marked by the delighted squeals of children, and sometimes their parents, cooling off under the shooting geysers of city water freed from neighborhood fire hydrants. Someone had managed to dismantle city property, sending streams of public water shooting skyward before falling back to the steamy streets to soak and refresh the sweltering kids. It wasn'tlegal, of course - but, boy, was it fun! The fire, police and water departments never pursued the offenders. Instead, city workers, with good humor, reassembled the fire plugs, watched the wasted water flow down the streets and then into the storm drains. There was no angst over wasted water at that time and in that place.

Pinback on These Days

Sept. 8
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

KPBS Commentaries

Sept. 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Sept. 8
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting