FROM Bryan Fogel
ICARUS: A documentary film brings down Russian Olympic team A Malibu cyclist who made a documentary this year is the main reason Russia was banned from the upcoming winter Olympics. We speak with him about his movie, and what he thinks about his role in an international scandal.
How Russia fooled the world and corrupted the Olympics Bryan Fogel wanted to find out how Lance Armstrong never failed a drug test despite doping. He found a Russian scientist who told him how to do it to himself. Then he helped reveal a massive doping scandal. He tells the story in a new first-person documentary called “Icarus.” Russian scientist Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov (left) comes to LA to collect Fogel's urine samples to bring back to Russia, to make sure they're tested clean in his lab. Bryan Fogel experiments with doping. Bryan Fogel trains for an amateur bike race. Photos courtesy of Netflix
Director Bryan Fogel on 'Icarus' As the new documentary Icarus begins, it looks like director Bryan Fogel will also be its subject. Fogel is an amateur cyclist who decided to undergo a doping regimen to see if he, like Lance Armstrong, could improve his performance in races, all while avoiding detection. For help in this quest, he found a willing accomplice in Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, a Moscow-based chemist who ran the largest anti-doping laboratory in Russia. The two first connected over Skype, and then met face to face several times, forming a close friendship. Things soon became much more serious than either Fogel or Rodchenkov anticipated. After Fogel's experiment was well underway, it was revealed in the media that Rodchenkov was the architect of Russia's massive Olympic doping program, giving scores of athletes a regimen and making sure they tested clean. Once exposed in an investigation, Rodchenkov knew he was in the crosshairs of Russian authorities. It fell to Fogel to help him flee Russia, almost certainly saving his life. Throughout all of this, the camera kept rolling. Fogel tells us about taking extreme precautions while working on Icarus, and explains why all the unanticipated twists of the story meant that a $5 million sale at Sundance didn't come close to covering the cost of making the film.
Gov. Jerry Brown: California and China will fight climate change together President Donald Trump reportedly wants the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, and he’s expected to announce a decision soon. California Governor Jerry Brown heads to China to strengthen climate and clean energy ties.
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.
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.
How do Trump supporters feel about the Paris Accord? Globally and around the U.S., there are strong opinions whether or not the Paris Climate Accord is a good idea. The American exit is either a horrifying abdication of American leadership or a forceful and long overdue statement about U.S. sovereignty.