2. SOUNDBITE (English) Margaret Atwood, author - on when the idea for a follow up came to her:
"The question 'Was I thinking about it?' I was thinking about it in the '90s but thinking we're moving away from it. Next thing that happens is 9/11 and that changes, changes the chessboard, everything - that's when we started having to go through security at airports. You may not remember this if you're young, but once upon a time there was no security. You just ran onto the plane. No, problem, what's your problem. So that's when all of that happened and we became much more, I would say fearful, inward looking, then I started thinking about it more after 2008, when as you'll recall we had the world financial meltdown and things always get squirrelly around those times. And then I started thinking about it even more in the run up to the 2016 election, because I was brought up under Marshall McLuhan and I know the power of certain kinds of medium. Donald Trump is a very persuasive television person, he should be selling Buckley's cough mixture or something, he would clean up."
3. SOUNDBITE: (English) Margaret Atwood, author - on if there are parallels between "The Testaments" and today's reality:
"But what these restrictive laws about women's bodies are claiming is that the state owns your body. There is a parallel occasion for men and that would be the draft, so the draft, or conscription, in which the state says this body is going to go into the war, but when they do that they pay for your clothing, lodging, food, medical expenses and they give you a salary. So I say unto them if you want to conscript women's bodies in this way, you should pay for it."