FROM Claire Hoffman
Lessons from 'Utopia Park' Claire Hoffman was only three years old when her meditation teacher whispered her own personal secret mantra to her – the mantra she could use to meditate, which would lead to personal enlightenment and world peace. Hoffman grew up in Utopia Park, a trailer park on the campus of Maharishi University in Fairfield, Iowa. Her mother took Claire and her brother there so they could be immersed in the study of Transcendental Meditation. Hoffman’s childhood and her subsequent disillusionment with the movement and its founder, Maharishi, is the subject of her new book. It’s a memoir called Greetings From Utopia Park: Surviving a Transcendent Childhood.
Bigger Than Bieber It only took four short years for a young, innocent Justin Bieber to transform into the chaotic, troubled teen star we see in news reports today. What happened in those years, and what does it say about our culture as a whole? Our guest points out that Bieber is the first pop star to spend his entire career in the social media spotlight. As one author puts it, “Bieber is just an amplified version of what all teens are experiencing.”
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.
Terrorism in London: Lessons for the US This weekend’s terrorist attack in London left seven people dead and almost 50 injured. London police fatally shot the attackers, and ISIS claimed responsibility.
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.