BTS 2/11/08: Sex at the Margins; WGA Strike Deal

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On tonight’s program, we talk to author Laura Agustín about her new book, Sex at the Margins: Migration, Labor Markets and the Rescue Industry, which upends conventional notions and rethinks everything about trafficking, "immigration problems," rips apart distinctions between migrants, service work and sexual labor and reveals the utter complexity of the contemporary sex industry.

We then turn to the 14 week old Writers Strike, coming to an end depending on the vote this week. Thousands of striking writers met at the Shrine Auditorium yesterday to discuss the deal. Tomorrow they vote, but already the union has declared a huge victory. Howard Rodman does the heavy lifting for us as he discusses the deal, the strike, the victory and more.

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1. Laura Agustín is a lifelong migrant and former educator in Latin America who now researches and writes on the sex industry, is affiliated with the Open University, lives in Spain, and has been contracted by the ILO and the European Commission to evaluate sexwork-related programming. She moderates a romance-language e-mail list called Industria del Sexo.

2. Howard A. Rodman is a screenwriter, novelist, educator. He is professor and former chair of the writing division at the USC School of Cinematic Arts; a member of the board of directors of the Writers Guild of America, west; and an artistic director of the Sundance Institute Screenwriting Labs. His films include Savage Grace, starring Julianne Moore, and August, with Josh Hartnett, Rip Torn, and David Bowie. Rodman also wrote Joe Gould's Secret, which opened the 2000 Sundance festival and was subsequently released by October/USA Films. Rodman's original screenplay F. was selected by Premiere Magazine as one of Hollywood's Ten Best Unproduced Screenplays. He is the author of the 1990 novel Destiny Express, an historical romance set in the pre-war German film community. Rodman has also published his journalism widely including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine, and the Village Voice. He's also a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.