FROM Annie Lowrey
Making Friends With a Hacker One Saturday morning, Annie Lowrey woke up to a half-dozen email alerts telling her someone had hijacked her Facebook account. She did what most of us would probably do: She contacted Facebook, got the account back and created a new password. But she was curious. Why did the hacker target her account? What did he want? So she emailed him and asked . That started a virtual friendship of sorts. Madeleine speaks to Lowrey about what she learned.
The Cost of the Sony Hack The dark days for Sony Pictures aren’t ending anytime soon. The studio is not releasing the Seth Rogen movie The Interview after threats of terrorist attacks. Meanwhile, the White House has concluded that North Korea was “centrally involved” in the hacking of Sony’s computers. The situation carries implications for national security, Hollywood, and privacy. It’s also expensive. According to a recent piece for New York magazine, this could be the most expensive corporate hack ever. We hear from the writer about how she added it up.
Shaking up the USDA, 'The Beef Cookbook' and 'Tartine All Day' Peggy Lowe explains why Trump’s pick for USDA Secretary is rattling rural America. Dario Cecchini talks future plans for Chianti ramen, and Richard Turner shares cuts from “PRIME: The Beef Cookbook.” Writer Matthew Sedacca looks at the controversy behind liquid smoke. Jonathan Gold tries Chengdu-style dishes, and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine fills us in on the latest. Plus, chef Michael Beckman shares a recipe for cactus confit.
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."