FROM Annie Lowrey
Making Friends With a Hacker One Saturday morning, Annie Lowrey woke up to a half-dozen email alerts telling her someone had hijacked her Facebook account. She did what most of us would probably do: She contacted Facebook, got the account back and created a new password. But she was curious. Why did the hacker target her account? What did he want? So she emailed him and asked . That started a virtual friendship of sorts. Madeleine speaks to Lowrey about what she learned.
The Cost of the Sony Hack The dark days for Sony Pictures aren’t ending anytime soon. The studio is not releasing the Seth Rogen movie The Interview after threats of terrorist attacks. Meanwhile, the White House has concluded that North Korea was “centrally involved” in the hacking of Sony’s computers. The situation carries implications for national security, Hollywood, and privacy. It’s also expensive. According to a recent piece for New York magazine, this could be the most expensive corporate hack ever. We hear from the writer about how she added it up.
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."
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.
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?