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NY Times Scribes David Pogue and Nick Kristof: Digital Impersonation and Moral Indignation

Two of the Grey Lady’s greatest voices graced BlogTalkRadio yesterday; one with a titter-worthy Twitter tale, the other enraged by enslavement of the fair sex in South Asia.

Interviewed on Zane Safrit, New York Times personal-technology columnist David Pogue recalled his ironic road from social-media critic to social-media convert.

CAPTION: David: Illicit aid accumulating Twitter followers.

David: Underhanded aid in accumulating Twitter followers.

“Interestingly, I didn’t start on Twitter. An imposter did!” he told host Zane Safrit.

“I used to employ an office assistant, whose husband unbeknownst to me, had signed up for a Twitter account using my name— and had been tweeting, with absolutely no knowledge by me, for months!

“When I finally discovered this, somebody said, ‘Hey, I’ve been enjoying following you on Twitter.’ And I was like, ‘But I’m not on Twitter,'” continued David, who also pens the popular “Pogue’s Posts” blog and who authored the new book, The World According to Twitter.

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Oscar-Nominated Director Danny Boyle Does the Right Thing by ‘Slum’ Kids

Not only is Danny Boyle a fabulous filmmaker, he’s a humanitarian to boot!

In an interview today on SAJA, the Slumdog Millionaire director – who got an Oscar nod for Best Director – tells host Sree Sreenivasan that he has taken measures to ensure the film’s impoverished child actors don’t return to the abject existence depicted in the film.

“We wanted to give them something that, after the film is long gone, will still benefit them.” Danny tells us about the young impoverished actors in “Slumdog.”

“We wanted to give them something that, after the film is long gone, will still benefit them,” Danny says of helping educate the impoverished child stars.

“A long time ago – over a year ago – we put the kids into an extra- ordinary school. Two of the kids are from very poor backgrounds. And we’ve agreed with their parents that they would stay in that school ‘til they’re 18,” says Danny.

“We paid for that, right through ‘til they’re 18 – any transportation costs, any medical costs, any emergencies that arrive in that time. And when they reach 18, a substantial sum of money – additional to what they were paid for making the film, like any regular actor – will be released to them. We talked long and hard about how the film could benefit them because they benefited the film.”

Danny also recounts how he almost dismissed the feel-good movie of the year – which won four Golden Globe Awards and garnered 10 Oscar nominations – as piffle.

Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, as the hit flick’s young hero, Salim.

Ayush Mahesh Khedekar, as the hit flick’s young hero, Salim.

“The [producers] sent the script and they said, rather lazily, ‘It’s a film about Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ And I thought, Oh, I really don’t want to make a film about that game show. And they didn’t even men- tion it was set in India,” he says.

“The only reason I started reading it was because Simon Beaufoy’s name was on it. He’s the guy who wrote The Full Monty.  Now, I’ve never met Simon, but I knew the The Fully Monty – a very big film from a small origin. So I started reading it.  And after 10, 15 pages, I knew I was going to make the film.”

To hear Danny’s interview, click here.

‘Slumdog Millionaire’ Director (and Oscar Nominee!) Danny Boyle on ‘SAJA’

The man behind the sleeper hit of ‘08.

Danny: The creative force behind the sleeper hit of the century.

You’ve seen the flick.

Now hear the man who brought this unlikely achievement to the silver screen.

Today at 12 p.m. ET, Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle drops in on SAJA to discuss the film that has the whole world talking.

And crying.

And laughing.

And cheering.

Earlier this month, the feel-good movie of the year chewed up the Golden Globes competition, snag- ing four statuettes.

It has also been nominated for 10 Academy Awards.

Among those nominations is a Best Director nod to Danny, a British native whose previous lensing achievements include Trainspotting and The Beach.

slumdog-onesheetAfter Slumdog’s original U.S. distrib- utor, Warner Independent Pictures, was shut down last spring, the studio suggested (can you imagine?) sending it straight to DVD.

Fortunately, Fox Searchlight stepped in three months later.

Soon after that, Slumdog won the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.

And the rest, as (clichés be damned) they say, is history.

To tune into this special edition of SAJA, hosted by Sree Sreenivasan, click here.

Bollywood Superstar Akshay Kumar to Set ‘SAJA’ Asizzle

If India has its very own Harrison Ford, his name is surely Akshay Kumar.

The hunky action hero – who has appeared in more than 80 Bollywood flicks – is now on the verge of breaking into the U.S. market big-time.

India-na Jones-like.

Akshay: India-na Jones-like.

On January 16, his Chandni Chowk To China opens here, marking Warner Bros.’ first foray into Bollywood flicks.

The big-budget action-comedy casts Akshay as a lowly worker at a roadside food shop who dreams of a more thrilling existence.

After two Chinese strangers convince him he’s a reincarnated war hero, they whisk him off to China to battle an evil smuggler.

Hooray for Bollywood!

Deepika: Hoo-ray for Bollywood!

If you want to know more about they plot, why not ask the star himself – when he drops in on SAJA today at 3:30 p.m. ET to chat with host Sree Sreenivasan?

Joining Akshay on the show will be his co-star, the lovely Deepika Padukone, along with director Nikhil Advani.

To tune in, click here.

Obama’s Top-Doc Pick Sanjay Gupta: He Made His Bones Covering Katrina

No one can say Dr. Sanjay Gupta hasn’t paid his dues – at least in the news department.

CNN’s chief medical reporter, who’s also a neurosurgeon, is atop Barack Obama’s list of candidates for U.S. surgeon general.

“You have to be really smart,” says Dr. Gupta of surviving natural disasters.

“You have to be really smart,” says Dr. Gupta of surviving natural disasters.

As The Washington Post first reported today, Dr. Gupta was approached by the president-elect’s transition team about the cabinet position late last year in Chicago.

And though he has yet to com- ment on the re- port, CNN con- firmed Obama’s overtures toward Dr. Gupta.

So if he jumps from journalism to government, rest assured he’s up to the task.

While chatting with SAJA host Sree Sreenivasan in September about covering Hurricane Gustav, Dr. Gupta dismissed the notion that such assignments are glamorous.

“During Hurricane Katrina, I slept in a building that was on lockdown, that had no air-conditioning, no power – in the August New Orleans heat,” he said.

“For several days, I slept in my car . . . There’s nothing open. There’s no stores, no restaurants.  You can’t get food.  You can’t wash your clothes. The things you take for granted are all of a sudden all gone.”

To hear Dr. Gupta’s full interview, click here.

Musical Superstar Allah Rakkha Rahman on ‘SAJA’

International Idol.

AR: International Idol.

Time magazine has called him the “Mozart of Madras.”

But we like to think of him as the Sting of the Far East.

Either way, one thing’s for sure: Allah Rakkha Rahman is one hot musical act.

In the 10 short years since launching his career – which has since blossomed into an empire that includes film scoring, record producing and, of course, performing – he has sold more than 300 million albums.

That puts the 42-year-old Indian-born AR in the company of Elvis, The Beatles and Michael Jackson.

Rocking Rolling Stone’s June cover.

Rocking Rolling Stone’s June cover.

So when he drops into SAJA today at 12:15 p.m. ET, music fans of all ages will definitely want to tune in as host Sree Sreenivasan chats with AR about the superstar’s latest projects.

And, needless to say, takes calls from all five continents.

To listen, click here.

Terrorism Experts Robert Spencer, Randall Larsen Join SAJA Roundtable on Mumbai Attacks

As part of its ongoing coverage of news events unfolding in Mumbai, SAJA will present a roundtable discussion on terrorism in the Indian city – and heightened terrorist threats throughout the world – tomorrow, Nov. 28, on BlogTalkRadio.
Tackling global-terrorism issue.

Spenser: Tackling global-terrorism issue.

Terrorism experts Robert Spencer, author of Stealth Jihad: How Radical Islam Is Subverting America without Guns or Bombs, and Randall Larsen, founding director for The Institute for Homeland Security and author of Our Own Worst Enemy: Asking the Right Questions to Protect You, Your Family and America, will join SAJA host Sree Sreenivasan and BlogTalkRadio CEO Alan Levy on the two-hour special at 10 a.m. New York City time.

Expert in homeland security.

Larsen: Expert in homeland security.

Shortly after news of the Mumbai terrorist attacks broke Wednesday, SAJA launched a series of live webcasts on the horrific massacre. These special 120-minute reports will continue through tomorrow.

A professor of journalism at Columbia University, co-founder of the South Asian Journalists Association and  reporter for WNBC-TV, Sree is encouraging listeners with updates from Mumbai to call the show at (347)324-5991 and share information with the South Asian community, as well as with journalists worldwide.

They can also email questions and suggestions to saja@columbia.edu

To access SAJA’s complete Mumbai coverage, click here.

SAJA Helps Keep South Asian Communities Informed in Wake of Mumbai Attacks

For the past two days, SAJA host Sree Sreenivasan has been working tirelessly to share news and information on the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, with South Asian communities and journalists throughout the world.



And in the coming days, the Columbia University journalism professor and co-founder of the South Asian Journalists Association will continue his live 90-minute specials every 12 hours, with the next report beginning today at 10 p.m. New York City time. 

To access SAJA’s complete coverage, click here.

Meanwhile, PoynterOnline has recognized the organization’s efforts, calling SAJA “a group too small to even be part of the UNITY journalism coalition,” though nonetheless “showing itself once again to be the ‘little organization that could.’”

For more on SAJA’s coverage of the tragic events in Mumbai, click here to read the Poynter story.

BlogTalkRadio extends its thanks to Sree and his team for their efforts to keep the South Asian communities connected during this difficult time.