FROM Mary Elizabeth Williams
The promise of immunotherapy Six years ago, the writer Mary Elizabeth Williams got a terrifying diagnosis. She had melanoma, a deadly skin cancer. It eventually spread to stage 4, and the prognosis was terminal. As a last-ditch effort, Williams joined a clinical trial for a still-novel treatment called immunotherapy . And today she is not only alive, but she’s been in complete remission for almost five years. For Williams, immunotherapy has been nothing short of miraculous, but she’s the exception. Most cancers, so far, don’t respond to these new experimental treatments. Link to Mary Elizabeth’s book
Erin Andrews Testifies in Stalker Case Fox sportscaster Erin Andrews has been testifying in court for the last two days. She’s suing the Marriott Vanderbilt in Nashville and her stalker, Michael David Barrett, for $75 million. Barrett took nude videos of Andrews through a peephole while she was staying at the hotel. He then posted the videos online. ESPN, Andrews’ employer at the time, thought the videos might be a publicity stunt and insisted she do an interview about them before she was allowed back to work. What do the new details tell us about being a woman in the sports 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.
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.
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.