FROM Leslie Randall
Angelina Jolie and Women’s Cancer Decisions It was quite a shock two years ago when actress Angelina Jolie announced she’d undergone a double mastectomy. Jolie revealed she was a carrier of a gene, BRCA1, which she said gave her an 87 percent chance of getting breast cancer. Today, in an op-ed in the New York Times, Jolie announced her ovaries and fallopian tubes were recently removed, too, partly because her mother died of ovarian cancer at age 56. We hear about the ramifications of such surgery from a woman who went through the same thing, and from a medical professional about the risks and benefits. Photo: Gage Skidmore
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."
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.
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.