June 3, 20235:37 PM ET, Heard on All Things Considered Below is the audio file, transcript on article page.
ERIC DEGGANS, HOST: Looking at media coverage of Hollywood, especially in recent years, it seems obvious – show business has a problem with behind-the-scenes abuse and harassment. But this week, Maureen Ryan, a contributing editor of Vanity Fair and longtime critic and journalist, surprised TV fans by revealing in the magazine that a classic show beloved for its diverse cast and creativity was actually steeped in incidents of racism, sexism and bullying behavior behind the scenes.
That show was “Lost,” centered on the surreal experiences of a group of people stranded on an island after a plane crash, which won Emmy, Golden Globe and Peabody Awards during its six-season run on ABC in the mid-2000s. But according to writers and actors who spoke to Ryan behind the scenes, showrunners Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof created an atmosphere where racism and bullying were tolerated and encouraged on the set.
Dr. Seuss Enterprises has announced that it will stop publishing six books by Dr. Seuss author Theodor Geisel because they contain racist and insensitive imagery.
Geisel spent much of his life in La Jolla and is the namesake of UC San Diego’s main library, which is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary.
“These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong,” Dr. Seuss Enterprises told the Associated Press in a statement that coincided with the late author and illustrator’s birthday. “Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ catalog represents and supports all communities and families.”
Editor’s Note: A long essay, which contains some background on our nation that I’d not been fully aware of. Historically, we seem to have twin beliefs that are long in conflict, and it helps place our current divided republic in some context. Recommended read.
A long-overdue excavation of the book that Hitler called his “bible,” and the man who wrote it