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Cultural Appropriation Is, In Fact, Indefensible

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 10:00:00 -0400

Recently, the New York Times published an essay defending cultural appropriation as necessary engagement. But that's a simplistic, misguided way of looking at appropriation, which causes real harm.



Tituss Burgess Says He Plays The Most 'Everyman' Character On 'Kimmy Schmidt'

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:15:00 -0400

Titus Andromedon "doesn't have money to pay the rent; he can't keep a job; he gets racially profiled," Burgess says. "I mean, so what that he ... wears women's clothes?"



Video: K-Pop Dance Routines Are A Workout For Body And Brain

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 04:58:00 -0400

In NPR's Elise Tries series, correspondent Elise Hu tries out new experiences in East Asia. In this episode from Seoul, K-pop dance steps prove too complicated for completion.



'RuPaul's Drag Race' Winner Sasha Velour Cut From A Different Fabric

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 16:43:00 -0400

"I try to tune out all the drag that's out there and tap into the drag I was doing when I was a little kid — when I didn't even know the word 'queer' or that gay people were out there," Velour said.



Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'GLOW' And Lena Waithe

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:00:00 -0400

The gang tackles Netflix's new wrestling-themed dramedy, and then Linda Holmes interviews Master Of None costar Lena Waithe onstage in Los Angeles. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy this week.



'GLOW' And 'Prime Suspect': Two TV Series You Won't Want To Miss

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:14:00 -0400

In both of these period pieces — one set in the 1970s, the other in the 1980s — women have it tough, whether they're wrestling with their demons, or actually wrestling.



Updating Frankenstein For The Age of Black Lives Matter

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:13:00 -0400

The classic tale of the Monster resurrected from the dead gets a new treatment in Victor LaValle's new limited-series comic.



Diageo Buys George Clooney's Tequila Company For Up To $1 Billion

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:21:00 -0400

The company sold its first bottles in 2013, after Clooney and a friend created a tequila to serve in their vacation homes in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.



Checking In On 'Better Call Saul' (And 'Breaking Bad') At The 3-Season Mark

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:00:00 -0400

Both shows track the moral decay of their main characters, so we compare Jimmy McGill's arc, as of Sunday's Better Call Saul season finale, to that of Walter White after three seasons of Breaking Bad.



Eddie Izzard: Coming Out Gave Me The Confidence For Everything Else

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:40:00 -0400

Fair warning: There are no actual jazz chickens in Eddie Izzard's new Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens. But it does provide insight into what makes the acclaimed comedian tick.



What Does Mistrial In Cosby's Case Mean In Court Of Public Opinion?

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 08:00:29 -0400

On this Father's Day, NPR's TV critic Eric Deggans analyzes the impact of the mistrial in the sexual assault case against superstar comic and philanthropist, Bill Cosby — once known as America's Dad.



Bill Cosby's Legacy Is Tarnished, But Influence Remains

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 07:45:42 -0400

Bill Cosby's tarnished legacy is a complicated one for African-Americans, but he opened doors for black people that remain open.



Julius Caesar Production Closes, But Debate Over Art And Politics Likely to Rage On

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 07:00:00 -0400

A production of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar has drawn the ire of conservatives for its depiction of President Trump as the ill-fated Roman politician.



Learning The Lessons Of TV Fatherhood

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 18:03:00 -0400

After 20 years as a television critic — and many more as a simple viewer — a reflection on how a kid who mostly grew up without a father learned how to become one himself by watching dads on TV.



Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Wonder Woman' And The Tony Awards

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 11:00:28 -0400

This week, we talk about the superhero smash Wonder Woman, and we talk about Dear Evan Hansen, Oslo and some of the other big winners from Sunday night's Tonys.