In Hollywood for many years it was traditional for talent agents to remain quietly in the background that was until an irrepressible woman named Sue Mengers burst onto the scene in the mid-1960s. Loaded with chutzpah and a tongue that could cut glass, she had a gift for making the biggest stars in Hollywood listen to hard truths about their careers and personal lives, and as a result she became a force to be reckoned with. Joining me today to talk all about the life and work of Sue Mengers is acclaimed biographer Brian Kellow whose new book Can I Go Now?: The Life of Sue Mengers, Hollywood’s First Superagent tells the story of one of the most powerful woman in show business as it evolved from New York City in the 1950s through Hollywood in the early 1980s. You can also follow Brian on twitter.
Friday, October 02, 2015
For many Americans the German auto-maker Volkswagen always had an image of a fun, fair, and environmentally conscious company that offered an alternative from the big names of Detroit for those consumers who wished to spend their money supporting a company that was at least making an effort to mitigate some of the worst properties of their product. Which is why it was all the more shocking that on September 20, the company was forced to admit that it had misled its customers with its narrative of “clean” diesel cars and deliberately broke the law by installing a sneaky software fix for its smaller cars to make it appear to EPA emissions testers that the cars were considerably less polluting than they actually were. Joining me today to talk all about the scandal and the likelihood that anyone will actually go to jail as a result of it is Jamie Lincoln Kitman, the New York bureau chief for Automobile Magazine and a contributing writer for The Nation where he wrote all about the scandal. You can also follow Jamie on twitter.
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