FROM Ken Auletta
Murdoch Moves In a surprise move, 83-year-old media mogul Rupert Murdoch is giving his two sons new positions in his companies, apparently setting them up to succeed him. Lachlan Murdoch, Rupert’s oldest son, was named non-executive co-chairman of 21st Century Fox and the News Corp. today. Meanwhile Lachlan’s brother, James, has been promoted to co-chief operating officer at 21st Century Fox. The new appointments have big implications for the future of the Murdoch media empire.
New York Times Given Junk Status In May, $400 million of debt will come due for the owners of the New York Times . With advertising revenue practically disappearing, the timing couldn't be worse. A $250 million loan from Mexican telephone mogul Carlos Slim will help, but not enough for Moody's Investment Services to change its last week's labeling of the Times as a " junk-level " investment. Ken Auletta, a columnist and contributor to the New Yorker magazine, is working on his eleventh book on the future of the media.
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.
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."
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."