Cole Porter’s Breakthrough

Lead: The 1940s were not a good decade for Cole Porter.

Intro.: "A Moment in Time" with Dan Roberts.

Content: Though he was one of the hottest properties in Broadway with a seemingly endless stream of successes in the 1930s and though his music and lyrics represented the epitome of sophistication and wit, during the war decade Porter went through a long period of personal and professional discouragement.

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AIDS/HIV in Film II

Lead: As the AIDS pandemic began to spread and claim more lives, the movie industry responded with films that took the level of sophistication to a new height.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts

Content: During the 1980s, in response to society’s apparent lack of concern for those suffering from AIDS, activist movies emerged which challenged people indifference and their government’s inertia, such as Target City Hall (1989) and Stop the Church (1990) which criticized the church’s pettiness and sometimes hostility to the victims of the disease. Rockville is Burning (1989) addressed the widespread homophobia which impeded attempts to halt spread of the disease. Sympathy stories such Buddies (1985) and An Early Frost (1985) examined the grieving of the families of AIDS victims as well as creating sympathetic characters in an ‘infected as victim” trope. By the 1990s well-developed characters such as the lawyer played by Tom Hanks’ in the award-winning film Philadelphia (1993) created powerful sympathy for those struggling hopelessly against a disease which had only one tragic outcome.

AIDS/HIV in Film I

Lead: In the early 1980s, a mysterious infectious disease began to emerge among gay men and intravenous drug users. It soon acquired a name and found itself the subject of motion pictures.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts

Content: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome or AIDS crept into the national consciousness with slow but terrifying resolve. This blood-borne virus, HIV, infects and renders impotent those human cells which fight off other infectious diseases such as the skin cancer Karposi’s sarcoma and rare forms of pneumonia. The disease destroys the elaborate defense system the human body has developed over thousands of years and soon tens of thousands of people, beginning with gay men and intravenous drug users, had become infected through blood transfer or sexually transmitted fluids and had little hope for survival. Before a regimen of medications emerged in the 1990s which staved off the disease and opportunistic infections, AIDS had claimed hundreds of thousands of lives. As of the second decade of the 21st century, there is still no cure or vaccine to prevent HIV infection though there are prophylactic medications which if taken help prevent infection in endangered populations. World-wide, AIDS is no longer a gay disease as the vast majority of those infected or imperiled are heterosexual men and women.