FROM Mary Elizabeth Williams
The promise of immunotherapy Six years ago, the writer Mary Elizabeth Williams got a terrifying diagnosis. She had melanoma, a deadly skin cancer. It eventually spread to stage 4, and the prognosis was terminal. As a last-ditch effort, Williams joined a clinical trial for a still-novel treatment called immunotherapy . And today she is not only alive, but she’s been in complete remission for almost five years. For Williams, immunotherapy has been nothing short of miraculous, but she’s the exception. Most cancers, so far, don’t respond to these new experimental treatments. Link to Mary Elizabeth’s book
Erin Andrews Testifies in Stalker Case Fox sportscaster Erin Andrews has been testifying in court for the last two days. She’s suing the Marriott Vanderbilt in Nashville and her stalker, Michael David Barrett, for $75 million. Barrett took nude videos of Andrews through a peephole while she was staying at the hotel. He then posted the videos online. ESPN, Andrews’ employer at the time, thought the videos might be a publicity stunt and insisted she do an interview about them before she was allowed back to work. What do the new details tell us about being a woman in the sports world?
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."
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."
Industry insights and lessons learned from memorable guests We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. This week we give you stories that were too good to leave on the cutting room floor, including some sharp insights on making it in the industry from David Mandel, David Simon, Shawn Levy and Matt Reeves.
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.