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Rachel Shukert is well known to Tablet followers as our pop culture expert, writing her Tattler column about everything from reality TV to the British royal family. She even wrote and performed an Oscar-night medley. Shukert is also the author of two memoirs: Have You No Shame? and Everything Is Going to Be Great.

In her new young-adult novel Starstruck, the first of a three-part series, Shukert focuses on pop culture, but from a historical perspective. Set in the 1930s, the Golden Age of Hollywood, the book follows three young women trying to break into the movie industry. The most shocking things in Starstruck happen off-screen, though: betrayals, unimaginable secrets, sexual misconduct, and manipulation from the studio chiefs who run the show. Tablet’s Managing Editor Wayne Hoffman sat down with Shukert to talk about her new book, her own experiences trying to break into show biz, and the changing roles of Jews in Hollywood. [Running time: 16:00.]