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Meet Jenni Konner, The Off-Screen 'Grown-Up' Who Helped Make 'Girls'

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:00:15 -0400

For six seasons, Konner has been a sort of den mother to the show's millennial actresses. Today, she and Girls creator Lena Dunham are creative partners and best friends.

Russia-Ukraine Conflict Crosses Into Singing Contest

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 05:04:00 -0400

Ukraine is hosting the annual Eurovision Song Contest this May, which includes entrants from countries around the world. But Ukraine has banned Russia's singer from entering the country.

The Reality Show No One Was Watching

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:40:00 -0400

Participants in the British show Eden spent a year in the remote Scottish highlands, living off their will and wits with cameras rolling. The only problem? No episodes have aired since August.

Remembering Chuck Barris, Self-Proclaimed 'King Of Daytime Television'

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:53:00 -0400

Barris, who died Tuesday in New York, created The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game and The Gong Show, and later wrote the autobiography, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. Originally broadcast in 1986.

Seeking Empathy, 'Shots Fired' Creators Flip The Script On Police Shootings

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:38:00 -0400

The new Fox show Shots Fired follows two investigators looking into a police shooting where a black cop kills an unarmed white man. It's one of a handful of new network shows that are about policing.

'Gong Show' Host Chuck Barris Dies; Game Show Creator Was 87

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 04:40:00 -0400

Barris died of natural causes Tuesday at his home in Palisades, N.Y., according to publicist Paul Shefrin. Critics called Barris "The King of Schlock" or "The Baron of Bad Taste."

On Fashion Runways, Inclusion Is About More Than Color

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:21:00 -0400

It's a tricky thing, casting. Directors have a vision for their lines — but what if that vision doesn't include a more inclusive palette?

Comic Pete Holmes Draws On His Early Career And 'Churchy' Roots In 'Crashing'

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:39:18 -0400

Holmes, who grew up a devout Christian, says he saw himself as a "Good Boy" comic in the early stages of his career. "I was basically picturing [Jesus] in the back of the club."

'Missing Richard Simmons' And The Nature Of Being Known

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:44:00 -0400

The podcast came to an anticlimactic end as a mystery, but it says a lot about the demands of being a public figure.

In 'Confirmed Kills,' Iliza Shlesinger Cloaks Social Commentary In Comic Rants

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:31:00 -0400

Comedian Iliza Shlesinger's standup is physical. She contorts and snorts and stalks the stage as she becomes the characters in jokes that explore what it's like to be a woman in today's society.

Julia, A Muppet With Autism, Joins The Cast Of 'Sesame Street'

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 05:02:00 -0400

Julia has bright red hair, big green eyes and she loves to draw. She can be a little shy, but Elmo and Abby Cadabby don't mind. She's voiced by Stacey Gordon, whose son is on the autism spectrum, too.

Out Of Bounds: Competitive Video Gaming And Scholarships

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 07:52:00 -0400

Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to John Ourand of SportsBusiness Journal about competitive video game players. Esports competitions are growing and some schools are offering scholarships.

Chuck Berry, Legend Of Rock 'N' Roll, Dies At 90

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 18:43:00 -0400

Berry was central to the development of rock 'n' roll, with indelible hits like "Maybelline," "Roll Over Beethoven," "Rock and Roll Music" and "Johnny B. Goode."

'Teletubbies' Turns 20

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 08:12:26 -0400

The children's show Teletubbies is celebrating its 20th anniversary. NPR's Scott Simon talks with former PBS executive Alice Cahn about the show's popularity and criticism from some parents.

Julie Andrews Teams Up With Henson Puppets In Netflix's 'Greenroom'

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 12:15:00 -0400

Andrews presides over a quintet of youngsters who are putting on a play in her new Netflix series. Critic David Bianculli calls Julie's Greenroom a celebration of creative collaboration.