FROM Terence Winter
Terence Winter: Vinyl In the new HBO series Vinyl , Bobby Cannavale plays Richie Finestra, the drug-addled CEO of a major record label, trying to save his company in 1973, as massive changes were underway in the music industry. Terence Winter is the co-creator and executive producer of Vinyl. He's an old hand at HBO: he wrote iconic episodes of The Sopranos, and worked with Martin Scorsese creating the series Boardwalk Empire and writing the movie The Wolf of Wall Street. He's teamed up with Scorsese once again, along with Mick Jagger for Vinyl. Winter is a law school graduate who passed the bar in New York and Connecticut. He practiced corporate law until he realized, in his late twenties, that this definitely wasn't what he wanted to do with his life. He tells us how he quit his job, moved to LA and started writing sitcoms. His path wasn't without some bumps along the way, but shares how one particular rejection led, in a roundabout way, to him meeting David Chase, the creator of The Sopranos. After that, everything changed.
Bassem Youssef and Sara Taksler on 'Tickling Giants' Known as the "Jon Stewart of Egypt," Bassem Youssef hosted a satirical news show that was the first of its kind in the Middle East. The show was immensely popular, until the military-backed government forced Youssef off the air and out of the country. Youssef and director Sara Taksler tell us about their documentary Tickling Giants, which profiles Youssef’s leap from heart surgeon to super star satirist.
Elif Batuman: The Idiot Selin, the heroine of Batuman’s autobiographical first novel, The Idiot, is an 18-year-old Harvard freshman of Turkish-American descent. Set in 1995, the novel observes the rise of internet culture.
Passover food, kosher wine and fancy food with a view In honor of Passover, we follow author Joan Nathan on a culinary exploration of the Jewish diaspora and consider kosher wine options with Lou Amdur. An unlikely aficionado takes us on a chocolate chip cookie crawl, and we stop by the Santa Monica Farmers Market for celtuce and mustard greens with Zak Walters. Then journalist Lee van der Voo takes us on a deep dive into the dark waters of the commercial fishing industry.