Director Asif Kapadia talks about his new documentary film “Senna,” about the Brazilian race car driver Ayrton Senna. The film spans the racing legend’s years as an F1 driver, from his opening season in 1984 to his untimely death a decade later, using footage drawn from F1 archives, much of it never before seen.
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Sometimes the way you conduct science has profound impacts on society as a whole. Malcolm Gladwell says the way we look at who is and who isn’t successful is crucial. He says it’s dangerous to think East Africans are good runners because they have an innate gene that makes them fast. Instead, you have to look at cultural attitudes. More people run in Kenya and Ethiopia than in the U.S. Therefore, those countries produce more successful runners. If you were to think if it in terms of genes, well, that’s the same philosophy that gets people thinking African–Americans aren’t as smart as whites. The real reasons behind success rates in professions like medicine and law have to do with class, not genius. Malcolm Gladwell’s latest book is "Outliers: The Story of Success." He also writes for The New Yorker magazine. Gladwell spoke at Town Hall Seattle on January 17, 2009.
Jesse is joined by Wendell Pierce ("Bunk," top) and Andre Royo ("Bubbles," bottom) from HBO’s brilliant crime drama The Wire. The Wire isn’t just another cop show — it’s an investigation of contemporary urban America that uses the drug trade as a lens to get at even larger issues. Royo and Pierce discuss what its like to authentically portray urban life, and whether a white writer can capture the largely black experience of inner-city urban life in Baltimore.