FROM Brian Lowry
TV Roundup: 'House of Cards' is Back If the incessant television coverage of the presidential campaign hasn’t sated the political junkies out there, Kevin Spacey has come to the rescue. “House of Cards” is back and the binge-watching has begun. We talk about that and more in our regular Monday TV roundup this week.
TV Roundup On Friday , the Republican National Committee canceled a February debate that was supposed to be hosted by NBC and sister station Telemundo. They pulled the plug because of so-called gotcha questions in last week’s CNBC debate. So is this a big setback for NBC? How much do these debates matter to the networks?
Los Angeles’ Car Chase Culture In 1994, 95 million people tuned in to watch O.J. Simpson’s slow-motion police chase live on television. This past weekend, the Los Angeles Times released an investigative report about car chases, which found that the LAPD leads the state in bystander injuries. One in 10 LAPD pursuits results in injury to a bystander. We rewind the clock to examine how the car chase became such a cultural institution in this city in the first place.
Hua Hsu: A Floating Chinaman Author Hua Hsu stops by to discuss his book A Floating Chinaman, recounting the life of 1930's actor/writer H.T. Tsiang and his struggles entering the American literary world.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
Industry insights and lessons learned from memorable guests We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. This week we give you stories that were too good to leave on the cutting room floor, including some sharp insights on making it in the industry from David Mandel, David Simon, Shawn Levy and Matt Reeves.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."