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Lindy West Is Perfectly Fine With Being 'Shrill'

Published May 30, 2019 at 10:31 AM PDT
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Lindy West's book inspired the Hulu series of the same name.
Lindy West's book inspired the Hulu series of the same name.

On today's show:

Weight Ain't Nothin' But A Number

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Fat women in pop culture have too often been subject to lazy tropes — they are sad or the butt of jokes, and they certainly don’t have sex on screen. But what if fat women could see the good lives they imagine for themselves depicted on TV? Writer Lindy West talks with John Horn about adapting her memoir for the Hulu series “Shrill,” working with actor Aidy Bryant, and the importance of showing fat bodies in pop culture.

Another State Risks Its Production Stakes

(Starts at :45)

The Louisiana governor will reportedly sign a stringent abortion bill, which could affect the considerable amount of TV and film production that takes place there. L.A. Times TV critic Lorraine Ali talks with John about the possible ramifications. 

A Star Is Born

(Starts at 18:45)

The Elton John biopic, "Rocketman," depicts the key moment in 1970 when the singer made his U.S. debut at The Troubadour club in West L.A. Robert Hilburn was then the recently-named pop music critic at the Los Angeles Times and his rave review was instrumental in launching John's career. Hilburn recently met John Horn in front of The Troubadour to recount that crucial night.

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