FROM Orlando von Einsiedel
"Virunga" The Democratic Republic of the Congo has a been a troubled nation for most of its modern history. Once a Belgian colony, the country’s now been at war with itself for two decades. But it’s not just the people of the region who’ve been caught in the crossfire. Congo’s Virunga National Park is one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth. It’s also home to many of the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas. In our weeklong series of interviews with the filmmakers behind this year’s Oscar-nominated documentaries, we hear from the writer-director of Virunga, a film following the people trying to protect the park and its gorillas from war, poachers, and oil companies.
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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.