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For the last in our series of conversations with Oscar-nominated filmmakers in the Best Documentary Feature category, we turn to How to Survive A Plague. The film documents the efforts of HIV/AIDS activists to improve availability of and access to AIDS drugs in the 1980s and '90s.
Employing substantial archival footage, the film highlights the dramatic protests in Washington and New York that ultimately helped wake a slumbering federal establishment — and led to policies and research that helped make AIDS a more manageable syndrome, if not yet a curable one.
David France, the director and producer of How to Survive a Plague, joins host Neal Conan from our studios in New York for a conversation about activism, awareness and healing during a period of mysterious medical crises among the nation's urban gay and lesbian population.
Since Prohibition, Montgomery County has held the purse strings on liquor sales, meaning the county sells every drink from beer to bourbon to local bars and restaurants. But local business owners are pushing back from this system, claiming it lacks efficiency and leaves customers waiting. County officials say they are holding out for alternatives that protect those within the industry. We discuss both sides of the issue today.
Kojo chats with Exelon's chief strategy officer about the company's vision for electric service in the Washington region, and its argument for why its acquisition of Pepco is in the best interest of customers.