FROM Suzan-Lori Parks
Father Comes Home From the Wars Who tells the stories of our history? As the saying goes, it’s usually the winners. A new play at the Mark Taper Forum, however, subverts that idea. It’s called “Father Comes Home From the Wars, Parts 1, 2 and 3.” It’s about a slave named Hero who goes off with his master to fight for the confederacy in the civil war. The play has a high-profile cast. Hero is played by Sterling Brown, who played Christopher Darden in the FX miniseries “The People v. O.J. Simpson.” The master is played by Michael McKean from “Better Call Saul” and “This is Spinal Tap.” It was written by Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks. She joins Madeleine to discuss her latest work.
Lucia Micarelli: An Evening with Lucia Micarelli Violinist and actress Lucia Micarelli visits The Treatment to discuss her emotive performances as she prepares for PBS' An Evening with Lucia Micarelli.
Shaking up the USDA, 'The Beef Cookbook' and 'Tartine All Day' Peggy Lowe explains why Trump’s pick for USDA Secretary is rattling rural America. Dario Cecchini talks future plans for Chianti ramen, and Richard Turner shares cuts from “PRIME: The Beef Cookbook.” Writer Matthew Sedacca looks at the controversy behind liquid smoke. Jonathan Gold tries Chengdu-style dishes, and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine fills us in on the latest. Plus, chef Michael Beckman shares a recipe for cactus confit.
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.
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.