It has been a year since Hurricane Maria wiped out Puerto Rico. If you drop onto the island for a visit, the recovery looks almost complete. The San Juan airport is crowded, the cruise ships are docking on schedule, and the piña coladas are flowing in Old San Juan. The lights work and your cellphone gets pretty good reception. If you ignore a few dead traffic signals and bent road signs, you might even be able to fool yourself into thinking nothing ever happened. But Puerto Rico has not recovered. In fact, it’s arguably as close to collapse as it has ever been. The power is on and the roads are open, but if you look closely, the entire island is held together with duct tape and baling wire. Tens of thousands of people are still living under the blue tarps that were installed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency on houses that had their roofs blown off during the storm. Engineers are still discovering bridges that are in danger of collapsing, and every time it rains, … [Read more...] about The Perfect Storm: How Climate Change and Wall Street Almost Killed Puerto Rico
Climate action plan
On a hot and cloudless afternoon in mid-October, the eight San Juan barrios known collectively as the G8 look a lot like other neighborhoods in the hurricane-battered capital. Uprooted trees lean against roofless homes. Piles of storm detritus and soggy furniture crowd the streets, an odd diesel generator providing a rumbling soundtrack and some power, still a rare commodity on the island three weeks after Hurricane Maria laid waste to the national grid. But these barrios are unique – a disaster zone within a disaster zone. For decades, G8 residents have lived in a near-permanent state of emergency on the perimeter of San Juan’s gleaming “golden mile” business district. The immediate cause of this emergency is a collapsed waterway: 25,000 people are clustered along the Caño Martín Peña, an inland channel that once drained rainfall into lush mangrove swamps, then carried it east into the San Juan Bay. But that was a long time ago. Unregulated … [Read more...] about Hurricane Maria: Inside a Puerto Rican Barrio’s Fight to Survive
“Girls, I know this must feel very strange,” the woman in the black robe says. She is older, stern, severe, authoritarian; she’s addressing a group women seated in a circle, all of whom have been stripped of their reproductive rights, forcibly separated from their families and remanded to sexual slavery. “But ordinary is just what you’re used to,” she continues. “This might not seem ordinary to you right now. But, after a time, it will. This will become ordinary.” The promise of a “new normal,” spoken by an apparatchik of a totalitarian theocracy – it’s chilling, and like so many other scenes in The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu’s 10-episode adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian classic, it stays with you in part because it doesn’t feel unfamiliar enough. Like the book, the series – starring Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, and Alexis Bledel, and which begins streaming on April 26th … [Read more...] about How ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Became TV’s Most Chilling Trump-Era Series
Most showrunners have their own particular ways of coming up with storylines or charting full seasons for returning series. For Noah Hawley, the process usually starts with taking a nap. “It’s kind of always been like this,” he says sheepishly, calling in from a chilly set in Calgary, Alberta. “I mean, what became Fargo started when I lied down one afternoon while I was writing and dreamed about two men, one civilized and one not, meeting in an emergency room. For the second season, same thing – only it was a woman with a man stuck in her car windshield, going home to fix dinner for her husband.” From those two images, the 49-year-old writer-director has managed to turn Fargo – the FX anthology series that borrows the name of the Coen brothers’ beloved 1996 movie – from something that screamed “small-screen cash-in” into a critically acclaimed, rabidly consumed hit show. Hawley’s riff on both the original film … [Read more...] about ‘Fargo’ Season 3: Noah Hawley and Cast on Sex, Lies and Stamp Collections
A Doctor Doom movie has long been in the works, with Fargo and Legion creator Noah Hawley having finished a script before Disney scooped up the rights to Fox's Marvel characters. Now we're hearing a rumor that Doctor Doom may be joining the MCU, but will it be through a Disney+ series instead of a feature length film about the villain? If there is one Marvel character who has never gotten the cinematic outing he deserves, it's Doctor Victor Von Doom. The supervillain has appeared in four movies so far, all iterations of a Fantastic Four live-action adaptation, and every one of those films managed to simplify his complex backstory and minimize his importance. Years away from his true destiny of wielding Captain America's shield, back when Chris Evans was still playing the Human Torch in the Fantasic Four movie and its sequel, Doctor Doom was portrayed as an evil CEO who has unexplained electricity powers and a crush on Sue Storm. Then Josh Trank's bewildering Fantastic Four reboot … [Read more...] about Doctor Doom Rumored to Join MCU, Will the Villain Get a Disney+ Series?