The M&M Report: Harvey Weinstein and Hollywood’s Ugly Truth

Weinstein

Mark and Devin examine the recent spate of sexual assault and harassment allegations against Hollywood superproducer Harvey Weinstein. They consider how such heinous crimes could have been permitted to continue for more than three decades, and what this escalating news story says about the hidden culture behind the entertainment products they love to consume.

If you want to offer feedback or constructive criticisms about this episode, please reach out on Twitter (@MarkALieberman and @DevinMitchell) or by email. We’re not scholars on these subjects, and we’re eager for comments from perspectives other than our own.

Reading material

Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, New York Times, Oct. 5. “Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades.”

Ronan Farrow, New Yorker, Oct. 10. “From Aggressive Overtures to Sexual Assault; Harvey Weinstein’s Accusers Tell Their Stories.”

Jodi Kantor and Rachel Abrams, New York Times, Oct. 10. “Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Others Say Weinstein Harassed Them.”

Jia Tolentino, New Yorker, Oct. 11. “Harvey Weinstein and the Impunity of Powerful Men.”

Lisa Ryan, Vulture, Oct. 11. “An Exhaustive List of the Allegations Against Harvey Weinstein.”

Lupita Nyong’o, New York Times, Oct. 19. “Speaking Out Against Harvey Weinstein.”

Ronan Farrow, New Yorker, Oct. 27. “Weighing the Costs of Speaking Out Against Harvey Weinstein.”

Chloe Melas, CNN, Oct. 27. “Harvey Weinstein’s New York haunt: Former servers describe tantrums and revolving door of women.”

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2015 in Review: My Ten (Okay, Eleven) Favorite TV Shows

Leftovers

Diversity of many varieties was on the brain for many spheres of television this year. Network executives, showrunners, critics and audiences alike engaged in thoughtful discourse about what it means to make diverse television in 2015. There are more places than ever to watch TV, and more places than ever to distribute it. It makes logical sense that TV offerings this year would touch on a wider range of issues, feature a wider range of character types and demographics and explore a wider range of stories and universes than ever before.

But with great power comes great responsibility. My favorite shows in 2015 were the ones that used the expanding boundaries of what’s possible on television to their fullest advantage, crafting rich and surprising worlds, telling stories that dovetail with the themes, ideas and controversies guiding our daily lives. In relatively arbitrary order of preference (who’s to say whether a dark comedy about an animated horse is superior to one of the most beloved drama series of all time?), here are my ten favorite shows of 2015.

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