PodTech:Robert Ryan and Dana Andrews Had Daughters

Robert Ryan became a movie star working for Paramount Pictures and then RKO in the 1940s while Dana Andrews worked simultaneously for Twentieth Century Fox. Their daughters, Lisa Ryan and Susan Andrews, talk about growing up with their famous fathers in Hollywood in the 1950s and coming to San Francisco in the 1960s where they live and work today.

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PodTech:Diane Johnson

Diane Johnson is best known for her novels set in Paris “Le Divorce”, “Le Mariage” and “L’Affaire”. She is in San Francisco for the summer and putting the final touches on her latest novel to be called “Complicity” or “The Virginity Test”. It’s a spy novel that deals with Islam. She puts all of her variety of books and essays for “The New York Review of Books” and “The New York Times” in a context.

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PodTech:Charlie Chaplin

Niles is a town in the Bay Area that is dedicated to its Silent Film History. Charlie Chaplin had a formative year there where he created his character, The Tramp. And when you think about his impoverished background growing up in London, it\’s amazing to imagine him in the excellently-well preserved Niles.

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PodTech:Tina Brown

Tina Brown, turnaround editor of Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, has written her first book, The Diana Chronicles. A bestseller about Lady Diana Spencer, the Princess of Wales, the book is very well-researched and thought out and ultimately as dull as the royal family.

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PodTech:Red Without Blue: Mark and Clair Farley

Mark Farley and Clair Farley were born identical male twins. Six months ago, Clair changed her gender. Their story is told in a lovely, heartfelt documentary film, Red Without Blue. The film showed at Frameline 31, the LGBT Film Festival, and will be showing on the Sundance Channel.

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PodTech:Michael Ondaatje

Michael Ondaatje is best known for his novel, The English Patient. He has a new book out called Divisadero. I spoke with him on the San Francisco street that gives the book its name, where he told me why it was the best title for a book set primarily in Petaluma and southern France.

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PodTech:Rob Reger

Rob Reger is enjoying the thirteenth anniversary of his character \”Emily the Strange.\” Reger went to the graduate program at the San Francisco Art Institute, where he says he learned to push a project beyond its apparent limits. He has so far brought Emily from t-shirt phenomenon to a major motion picture.

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