‘The Handmaid’s Tale” Comes To TV, Changing Libel Laws

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Margaret Atwood’s novel “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which imagines a dystopian America that oppresses women, has been made into a new television series. We discuss how the book translates to the screen, and how the story fits in with the women’s movement today. We also look at recent comments from the Trump administration about changing libel laws and the likelihood of that taking place.

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Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Veronica Rueckert Host
  • Rob Ferrett Producer
  • Haleema Shah Producer
  • Alyssa Rosenberg Guest
  • Mike Wagner Guest