Haifaa Al Mansour is Saudi Arabia's first female feature-length film director. Her film, 'Wadjda' tells the story of a 10-year-old girl who yearns to own a bicycle, despite the fact that it is forbidden by Saudi custom. It premieres tonight at the LA Film Festival and opens in theaters September 13th.
Joshua Green is a political columnist for the Boston Globe, as well as a national correspondent for Bloomberg Businessweek. His latest article takes a look at the Republican candidate hoping to claim John Kerry’s senate seat in Massachusetts. Green began his journalism career as an editor at The Onion.
Bob Herbert is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos, a think tank "working to reduce both political and economic inequality, deploying original research, advocacy, litigation, and strategic communications to create the America the people deserve." Previously, he spent 18 years as an op-ed columnist at The New York Times, "writing about politics, urban affairs and social trends in a twice-weekly column."
Julia Reed is a food columnist for The Wall Street Journal and the author of But Mama Always Put Vodka in Her Sangria: Adventures in Eating, Drinking and Making Merry. She is also a regular contributer to Garden and Gun magazine, where she writesa column called "The High & The Low."
Michael Pollan joins the panel mid-show. He is an author, journalist and natural food advocate whose latest book is Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation. He was recently interviewed in The New York Times about his tour of southern barbeque joints and the challenges of eating ethically on the road.
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