FROM Steven Richeimer
Can a genetic test tell your risk of opioid addiction? About 80 percent of the world’s opioid supply is consumed in the United States. Every day, some 78 Americans die from an overdose related to either prescription painkillers or heroin. In response, President Obama recently signed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. The Act represents a new approach by treating opioid addiction as a disease and emphasizing prevention, treatment, and recovery, rather than incarceration. As a disease, doctors agree that opioid addiction has a genetic component, so tests are being developed to help identify people whose genes increase their risk of becoming addicted. However, there’s disagreement as to whether these tests are accurate, and some say they may even be dangerous.
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.
Lucia Micarelli: An Evening with Lucia Micarelli Violinist and actress Lucia Micarelli visits The Treatment to discuss her emotive performances as she prepares for PBS' An Evening with Lucia Micarelli.
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."
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.