FROM Johanna Hamilton
'1971': Documentary Profiles Activists Who Uncovered Hoover-Era Surveillance Thanks to Edward Snowden, we all now know about the N.S.A.’s massive electronic spying program -- though it’s surprising how many people seem to have responded to the revelations with a shoulder shrug. We were a lot more shockable back in 1971. That was the year when a small group of activists broke into an FBI office and ultimately exposed documents about a program called COINTELPRO that would stun the nation. COINTELPRO was J. Edgar Hoover’s systematic campaign of spying and intimidation against civil rights activists, anti-war protesters and others. The documents, as well as the Watergate break-in a year later, led to restrictions on the government’s spying activities. Now, the people who broke into that FBI office have come forward. They’re featured in a new documentary called 1971 . Madeleine speaks with the director.
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
Terrorism in London: Lessons for the US This weekend’s terrorist attack in London left seven people dead and almost 50 injured. London police fatally shot the attackers, and ISIS claimed responsibility.
'Dandelion and Quince,' food and crime, 'All About Eggs' Sarah Lohman talks about the murder and historic recipes that form the backbone of her new book, “Ohio 1910,” and Rachel Khong shares highlights from Lucky Peach’s last cookbook, “All About Eggs.” Michelle Mckenzie tells us how to cook oft-forgotten fruits, veggies and herbs, and Jonathan Gold reviews AR Cucina in Culver City. Plus: raspberries at the market and a special guest DJ set from Alton Brown.