FROM Nicole Perlroth
ISIS and Encryption Why didn’t the French have advance intelligence about Friday’s attacks? With all the surveillance going on, how could they have missed what had to be elaborate planning? For some, including California Senator Diane Feinstein, one answer is encryption. The terrorists may have used tools that evaded surveillance.
The US, China and a New Round of Cyberwarfare It's not just defense contractors and diplomats any more. Hackers traced to China have broken into the New York Times , Wall Street Journal , Washington Post and other major news outlets. Reporters themselves are not the targets. The most likely ones are the Chinese sources for reports on the personal fortunes of Party leaders. Are liberty -- and even lives -- at risk as they try to polish their own images and control the narrative both outside and inside the country? The Obama Administration is weighing retaliation if China won't play by the rules, but what are the rules? If the US was responsible for Stuxnet , how can it complain now?
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."
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?
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.