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'There's Something About Her': Podcast Explores How Oprah Became Oprah

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 18:29:00 -0500

In the new podcast, "Making Oprah," journalist Jenn White follows Oprah Winfrey's rise from Chicago talk show host to media mogul.

Blue Seal: The GI Ice Cream That Okinawans Made Their Own

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:58:00 -0500

Blue Seal ice cream was launched after World War II for American soldiers stationed in Okinawa, Japan. Today, it's a fusion of American and Okinawan tastes that's loved by locals and tourists alike.

Small Batch: 'Younger'

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 11:13:44 -0500

We take a moment to chat with KQED pop culture writer Emmanuel Hapsis about the TV Land series Younger, which just closed its third season.

'Monkey See' Highlights Small Bright Spots In Pop Culture This Year

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:39:00 -0500

Once a day until December 25th, NPR's "Monkey See" blog is highlighting a small, good thing that happened in pop culture this year.

'It's (Sexy) Asian Men!' Hallelujah!

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 05:18:00 -0500

The new short web film "It's Asian Men!" aims to tackle a big issue: Why Asian-American men are rarely cast on TV or in movies as the romantic or sexy lead. No Long Duk Dong here.

11 Transgender Americans Share Their Stories In HBO's 'The Trans List'

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:42:00 -0500

Nicole Maines and Kylar Broadus are both featured in the new HBO documentary. "We all come out publicly," Broadus says. "There is no hidden way to come out as a trans person."

Small Batch: The Violent Delights And Violent Ends Of 'Westworld'

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:22:00 -0500

Glen Weldon and Audie Cornish discuss the first season of HBO's densely plotted science fiction series.

TV Executives Plan To Skip Q&A Session With Critics

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 05:39:00 -0500

It's a regular event for TV critics to gather in Los Angeles for press conferences with networks and cable companies. But this year, top executives won't hold question and answer sessions.

Stepping Into 'Talking As Fast As I Can' Again Is Like Sense Memory For Actor Lauren Graham

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 08:41:28 -0500

Lauren Graham is the fast-talking Lorelei Gilmore, on Gilmore Girls, a role she recently reprised on Netflix. She tells NPR's Ailsa Chang about her memoir, Talking As Fast As I Can.

NPR News Nuggets: Mail Pals, Fright Knight & Sir Elton John

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:09:00 -0500

Here's a quick roundup of some of the mini-moments you may have missed on this week's Morning Edition.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Gilmore Girls' And 'Moana'

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 10:08:00 -0500

On this week's show, we return to Stars Hollow and travel to Disney's latest gorgeous world with Daisy Rosario and super-librarian Margaret H. Willison.

Hot-Dog Tiaras And Other '70s Dinner Party' Delicacies

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 07:00:00 -0500

A food blogger's fascination with retro entertaining pays off in a colorful volume of curious eats.

Ginger Rogers And The Case Of The Authorized Editions

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 07:00:00 -0500

Before modern fan fiction, there were the Whitman Authorized Editions — a series of mystery novels from the 1940s and 50s that "starred" real movie stars, like Ginger Rogers and Gene Tierney.

Stand Clear Of The Doors: TV Finally Gets On Board With Mass Transit

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 04:42:00 -0500

TV doesn't have the best track record with public transportation; in the '90s and early 2000s, even shows set in New York rarely showed characters on the subway or bus. Now, that's starting to change.

In The New 'Gilmore Girls,' Rory Gilmore Turns Out To Be A Bad Journalist

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:26:00 -0500

The beloved show Gilmore Girls returned to the screen last week. In a Netflix revival, the characters are facing new challenges, but one character has been seen as a disappointment: Rory Gilmore. Megan Garber of The Atlantic describes why.