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The writers strike continues: HOWARD RODMAN updates the issues: the significance of Letterman & Leno, and Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert going back on the air in January, and of the union striking the Academy Awards broadcast. Mostly, well talk about how the writers can win. Howard is a board member of the Writers Guild of America, West, and teaches screenwriting at USC; his screen adaptation of Savage Grace, starring Julianne Moore, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007, plays at Sundance this month, and opens in May.
WATCH the hilarious Heartbreaking Voices of Uncertainty
Also: best books of the year: SUSAN FALUDI exposes they way the 9-11 attacks led to a call to restore traditional manhood, marriage, and maternity. Once again, she says, Americans fled from self-knowledge and retreated into myth. Susan wrote the unforgettable book BACKLASH; her new book is The Terror Dream: Fear and Fantasy in post-9/11 America. (originally broadcast Oct. 31, 2007).
Plus: some of our favorite holiday music: two versions of “Please Come Home for Christmas” — Darlene Love, and Aaron Neville — and of course Poncho Sanchez “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”