First Take

Dr. Greer's Book Review: Left of Boom

Jun 13, 2017

Sometimes a singular event can change the trajectory of one's life, so it was with Douglas Laux who was a college freshman when the twin towers fell in New York. After graduating college, Laux joined the CIA with one central goal: getting to Afghanistan and becoming involved in covert action.  Douglas Laux's and Ralph Pezzullo's latest book "Left of Boom: How a Young CIA Case Officer Penetrated the Taliban and Al-Qaeda" describes Laux's painstakingly hard work to identify clandestine operations overseas.

www.redlineart.org

Gentrification.  Denver's highest priced neighborhood.  A legacy of jazz.  Any guesses?  Redline's executive director Louise Martorano visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to describe her arts organization's summer outreach to the Five Points community.

The view of Denver's historic Welton Street corridor these days is dominated by exploding development in the form of cranes.  One yet-to-be-developed plot is the parking lot at 29th and Welton.  Five Points Business District executive director Tracy Winchester joined "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to discuss plans for the location.

www.denverurbanspectrum.com

Since 1987, Denver Urban Spectrum magazine has filled a void in local coverage of people of color.  That vision has inspired publisher Rosalind "Bee" Harris to keep at it for 30 years.  Harris joined "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to preview six months of events making the milestone.

"The inspiration was the lack of positive stories about people of color in the mainstream newspapers," said Harris.   "That's still our focus."  In the audio segment below, Harris also discusses the changes in the media landscape that challenge every publication.

Book Review: We'll Always Have Casablanca

Apr 11, 2017

The movie "Casablanca" along with "Citizen Kane" are considered by many critics to be two of the greatest movies of all time.  Certainly "Casablanca" is one of the most written-about movies of all time.  In his new book "We'll Always Have Casablanca - The Life, Legend and Afterlife of Hollywood's Most Beloved Movie,"  Noah Isenberg has written a hugely entertaining and readable book that outlines how "Casablanca" came to be made and how, over time, it has become ingrained in the American psyche.

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