FROM Paul Christesen
Re-Imagining the Olympics Rio de Janeiro struggled to prepare to host the Summer Olympic Games. Brazil is in a recession, and less than two months before the games began, Rio’s Governor had to declare a state of emergency to access funding for the preparations. Now some estimates put cost overruns for the Games at $ 1.6 billion. And despite the Olympic fanfare viewers watching at home see, a myriad of problems continue to spring up now that the Games are underway – shoddy housing arrangements, security scares, terrible traffic, polluted water, and of course, Zika...the list of problems goes on and on, as it seems to every Games. But does it have to be this way? It’s time to reimagine the Olympics.
Trump says goodbye Paris Accord: What does it mean for U.S. and the planet? President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, the landmark international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Trump was to renegotiate a new deal, but will that happen?
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."
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.