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Documentary film maker STEVE JAMES, and former gang member AMEENA MATTHEWS.  JAMES directed and MATTHEWS appears in the new film The Interrupters about three former gang members who are now part of an effort in Chicago to stop the cycle of violence. They are part of a program known as CeaseFire, the brainchild of epidemiologist Gary Slutkin who after ten years of battling the spread of chlorea and AIDS in Africa, came to see that the spread of violence mimics that of infectious diseases.  The film follows three "violence interrupters" who are all former gang members as they defuse and mediate altercations on the street.  JAMES also made the documentary Hoop Dreams about two young men in Chicago hoping to use baseketball as a ticket out of poverty and urban violence.  (THIS INTERVIEW CONTINUES THRU THE END OF THE SHOW)