Through the Lens

Wednesday, we begin the 2013 Through the Lens documentary film series with THE REVISIONARIES. It's the story of one battle in the American culture war fought on the powerful Texas State Board of Education. The film follows the efforts of creationist, Sunday school teacher and board chair Don McLeroy as he tries to change science books to reflect his views on evolution and as he fights to retain his seat. Director Scott Thurman joins us to talk about the politicization of education and the ideological divisions in our country. 

When photographer James Balog first headed to the Arctic for National Geographic in 2005, he says he was a skeptic about climate change. What he saw there though put his career on a new course. Balog is the founder of the Extreme Ice Survey – a project that captures visually dramatic manifestations of climate change. Thursday, Balog and filmmaker Jeff Orlowski join us to talk about the stunning documentary "Chasing Ice," which follows James Balog as he risks his life to document the impact of warming temperatures on the world's glaciers.

Monday, we continue our Through the Lens documentary series with a film about a unique, crafty and effective act of civil disobedience. In 2008, environmental activist Tim DeChristopher made bogus bids for 22,000 acres of federal land up for auction. Some people found his actions inspiring, but after the courts finished with him, he found himself in jail. The film Bidder 70 follows DeChristopher’s growth as an outspoken activist even as the criminal case against him intensified.

Tuesday, we continue our documentary series with hip-hop poet Lemon Andersen and the directors of a film about his life and art. Lemon grew up on the streets of Brooklyn and by 15 had lost both of his parents to drugs and AIDS. He was serving time in prison when he discovered poetry and made the improbable journey from three-time felon to Tony Award-winner. But when the lights went down, he was soon back to the hustle. LEMON chronicles his struggle to leave the past behind and stage a comeback.

In our latest Through the Lens documentary, Doug is joined by trial lawyer-turned-filmmaker Susan Saladoff. Her film “Hot Coffee” uses the infamous 1994 lawsuit against McDonald’s to reveal what Saladoff sees as big business’ influence over our civil justice system. Though the McDonald’s case became a symbol of frivolous lawsuits, much of what the public thinks about the case is inaccurate. We’ll talk to Saladoff about justice for the average person and why she decided to use film to tell the story.

Charles Miller

The late baseball Hall-of-Famer Willie Stargell once described the knuckleball as being like "throwing a butterfly with hiccups across the street into your neighbor's mailbox." It's a pitch so slow and so unpredictable that no one wants anything to do with it. Wednesday, we continue our Through the Lens documentary series with the directors of the film Knuckleball! Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern join us to talk about the craft, tradition, and beauty of baseball as expressed through this one pitch.

Thursday, Doug is back in the studio with the latest installment of our Through the Lens documentary series. Our guest is Carl Colby, whose latest film is about his father William Colby, spymaster and former head of the CIA. The film is Carl's search for an authentic portrait of his father, a man whose life was obscured even to those closest to him. It's part memoir, part history of the CIA. Really, it's about the costs of what a country does in secret.

Thursday, RadioWest is live at 7:00 p.m. from the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. Our guest is the filmmaker Lucy Walker. Her documentaries include DEVIL'S PLAYGROUND, which followed Amish teens experimenting with life in mainstream America. Her most recent film is a meditation on life and healing as victims of the Japanese tsunami struggle to rebuild during cherry blossom season. Doug sits down with Walker and then we'll screen THE TSUNAMI AND THE CHERRY BLOSSOM.

From "Bully"

Thursday, we’re joined by Lee Hirsch, director of the troubling and powerful film “Bully.” It’s the latest in our Through the Lens documentary series. Hirsch has said he wanted to bring the hidden lives of young people who are bullied out in the open. He spent a year following five families – including two trying to find some resolution after their sons took their own lives. We’ll talk to Hirsch about the film and present free screenings at 4:35 and 7:10 at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.

The Day My God Died

Apr 10, 2012

Wednesday, we continue our Through the Lens film series with the powerful documentary "The Day My God Died." It tells the story of young girls abducted from their villages in Asia and sold into the child sex trade. Anuradha Koirala, the acclaimed activist who battles the sexual exploitation of women and children will be among our guests. Then we'll screen the film at 7:00 p.m. at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center.