Linda Trip, Danielle Kurtz, Paula Jones discussed on Pop Culture Happy Hour

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Harris also with us is NPR political reporter. Danielle Kurtz lemon. Welcome back Danielle. Hello, I'm always happy to be here. You probably know a lot of the story, but here goes Monica Lewinsky was a White House intern with whom president Bill Clinton began a sexual relationship that took place in The White House. Later, when another woman named Paula Jones came forward with an accusation that Clinton had sexually harassed her, the investigation of that accusation came to include Lewinsky as well. That was partly because Lewinsky confided in an older friend named Linda Tripp, who secretly recorded their conversations about the relationship and turned them over to prosecutor Ken Starr. Clinton was eventually impeached for perjury and obstruction of justice, although he was eventually acquitted. Here there's an all star cast bringing all these people to life, beanie feldstein is Monica Lewinsky, Sarah Paulson, as Linda trip, annaleigh Ashford, as Paula Jones and Clive Owen as president Bill Clinton. There are also some smaller roles of note Billy eichner and Cobie Smulders as Matt drudge and Ann coulter and Edie Falco as Hillary Clinton who at least in the early going is not in this very much. The whole thing comes out of Ryan Murphy's very prolific shop, which did the previous American crime story in American Horror Story and all kinds of things and although a lot of his stuff is now on Netflix. This is on FX. So ayesha, Danielle and I have chatted a little bit about this show, but I don't think I've talked to you about it. What is your kind of bottom line on this show? The bottom line is that and I'm going to borrow from Ben Travers and IndieWire described it as more of a flashback than anything else. And I have to concur with that assessment. One of the things that made for me at least the people versus OJ, miniseries, very compelling, was the way it sort of toad this line between elements of camp and then elements of real seriousness in a way that was, I think, very well handled. And I mean, I think it helps that you have these sort of charismatic figures, and it also has this intention of reassessing the legacy of someone like Marcia Clark, the attorney who was prosecuting OJ. And Sarah Paulson also played that role. Here, this is just so dour and sour and I was ten years old or so when all of this was happening..

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