FROM Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood and Bruce Miller on 'The Handmaid's Tale' In the new Hulu series The Handmaid's Tale , Elisabeth Moss plays Offred, a woman struggling to survive and stay sane in a future under a totalitarian government where a polluted environment has rendered most women infertile. The few who can get pregnant are enslaved and forced to bear children for the most prominent ruling families. Offred was not always one of these handmaids -- the series offers flashbacks to a more normal time when she had a husband, a daughter and a career, a time when she was blissfully unaware of what was happening to the government. Our guests today are Margaret Atwood, prolific Canadian author of short stories, essays, poems, and of course, the novel The Handmaid's Tale , and Bruce Miller, the executive producer and showrunner of the new Hulu series. As many critics have pointed out, the timing of the series seems eerily prescient -- though production actually wrapped before the 2016 election. Atwood, now 77, has seen her most famous novel adapted many times over the past 30 years. She talks about some of those adaptations, what's worked and what hasn't, and what she thinks about Hulu's take on the book. She and Miller tell us how they approached making any plot changes for the new series, when they realized the show might be more relevant than they initially intended, and what they've got in mind for season two.
A 'Novel' Approach to Debt Personal finance and economic upheaval might not sound like subjects for literature. But one of Canada's best-known novelists and poets says that 19th century romance novels, just for example, are really about money. Margaret Atwood's novels, poems and essays have brought her many awards and millions of readers. Her books include Cat's Eye, The Blind Assassin and The Handmaid's Tale. Payback : Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth, which will be released next week, is also the title of a series of lectures.
Beyond Identity--A Dark Vision (Part 9 of 10) Tom Wolfe discusses neuroscience and its view that there is no such thing as identity. Margaret Atwood talks about the coming threat to identity by cloning and genetic experimentation. Irish writer John Banville rails that identity does not exist.
Margaret Atwood: The Robber Bride, Part II In the second of this two-part conversation, novelist Margaret Atwood takes relates women found in poetry, fable and religion to contemporary feminist narrative.
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
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.
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.