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'Tales of the City' For A New Era

Murray Bartlett and Laura Linney are part of the ensemble in the Netflix series,
Murray Bartlett and Laura Linney are part of the ensemble in the Netflix series, "Tales of the City."
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On today's show:

The Times They Have A-Changed

(Starts at 8:30)

When the original "Tales of the City" mini-series premiered on PBS in 1994, its frank depictions of sex, relationships and drug use among San Francisco's LGBT community delighted many viewers, some of whom were already fans of the "Tales of the City" books and newspaper columns by Armistead Maupin. But the series also drew fierce criticism from conservative groups. Despite strong ratings, the series lasted only six episodes and wasn't renewed. Now, Netflix has rebooted "Tales of the City" for a modern audience, bringing back some beloved characters, but also introducing new characters and storylines. Lauren Morelli ("Orange is the New Black"), the creator and showrunner of the new series, spoke with The Frame about her own introduction to "Tales of the City" and why she thinks it still feels revolutionary today.

The Dark Side of A Hollywood Prince

(Starts at 1:00)

Steven Cuevas talks with Amy Zimmerman of about her reporting on sexual harassment allegations against screenwriter Max Landis, the son of director John Landis: "Many of the ex-friends, colleagues, and girlfriends that spoke to The Daily Beast for this piece stressed the role that Landis’ careful cultivation of acquaintances played in his alleged pattern of predation. Landis’ wealth and family connections were certainly tools in his arsenal, but so was the friend group he kept around him as both a lure and a shield."

Stealin' Away with Big Thief

The members of the New York-based band, Big Thief, have been touring incessantly for the past four years. But after their most recent release, "U.F.O.F." they took a six month hiatus. "U.F.O.F." was recorded in a remote studio outside Seattle, Washington with the help of producer Andrew Sarlo and engineer Dom Monks. Before heading back out on the road, the members of Big Thief spoke with The Frame's Jonathan Shifflett about aliens, playing soccer, and the three intense weeks spent recording the album.