FROM Zack O'Malley Greenburg
‘Michael Jackson, Inc.’ Michael Jackson is best known as a music icon, but he also built a business empire that included merchandise, video games, a record label, and famously, his purchase of the entire Beatles’ catalogue of music. But there was still one other major area he longed to conquer: the movies. Zack O’Malley Greenburg, author of Michael Jackson, Inc., tells Kim Masters that Jackson longed to be a Hollywood leading man, someone who would be remembered not just for his music, but live forever through his movies. His best shot at film immortality came with the 1986 movie Captain EO, a 17-minute, 4-D movie packed with special effects that he made with George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola as an attraction for the Disney theme parks.
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.
North Korea tests more missiles, Turkey's president gains more power Early Tuesday morning, North Korea tested another intercontinental ballistic missile. It blew up shortly after take-off. But North Korea keeps working on a nuclear missile that could reach the U.S. Also in Turkey, a close vote has given sweeping new powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Turkey is an important Western ally in the region, but its leader is becoming increasingly authoritarian.
Lead poisoning hits LA County It’s been three years since the lead crisis in Flint, Michigan began. Flint residents are still drinking bottled water. In LA County, there are areas with even higher rates of lead contamination, and in places you wouldn’t expect, like wealthy San Marino.
'A Square Meal,' a kosher slaughter and Ukrainian Easter eggs Historian Andrew Coe explains how the Great Depression altered the 1930s’ food landscape, and contributor Sam Brasch witnesses a kosher slaughter. Artist Sofika Zielyk shows us how to decorate Ukrainian Easter eggs, Sandor Katz discusses his latest fermentation projects, and Dana Cree introduces her new book, “Hello, My Name is Ice Cream.” Plus: Laura Avery finds Swiss chard at the market, and Jonathan Gold dines at Kismet.