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British Comedian Tracey Ullman Brings Celebrity Impersonations To HBO

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 16:13:00 -0400

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to British comedian Tracey Ullman about her new sketch comedy show on HBO, which includes many spot-on impersonations of famous figures.

NPR News Nuggets: Yoga Pantspalooza, Bob Dylan's Cold Shoulder & Go, Cubs, Go!

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 12:18:00 -0400

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

A Moment Of Silence For The Black And Brown Talent That Grew On Vine

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 11:43:00 -0400

We'll miss Vine, but not just for its goofy, raw, six-second looped videos. We'll miss the platform for its ability to incubate young black talent.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Halloween With Mallory Ortberg And Audie Cornish

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 07:00:23 -0400

We bring you two Halloween-themed segments from our west coast tour: Mallory Ortberg joins us for a Halloween candy debate, and Audie Cornish sits down for our super-difficult Halloween quiz.

'Washington Post' Reporter Explores How Pop Culture Influences Views Of Police

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 17:50:00 -0400

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Washington Post reporter Alyssa Rosenberg, who has written a series for the paper about how Hollywood and pop culture has influenced the way the public perceives police.

'Good Girls Revolt' Takes On Gender Bias In The Newsroom

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 04:43:00 -0400

Amazon's new series Good Girls Revolt, set in 1969, was inspired by a landmark gender bias case at Newsweek. Showrunners hired women at every level of the cast and crew — a Hollywood rarity.

WATCH: Obama Reads 'Mean Tweets' — Including One From Trump

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:47:00 -0400

President Obama returned to ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday. He took 140-character admonishments for his dancing, his alleged condiment preferences and someone else's poor choice of conditioner.

'The Walking Dead' Gets Real In Season 7 Premiere

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:21:03 -0400

They finally did it: The producers of The Walking Dead kicked off season seven by ratcheting up the onscreen gore and brutality until it matches what appears in the original comic.

Remembering Steve Dillon, Co-Creator Of 'Preacher'

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:23:00 -0400

Comic artist Steve Dillon died this weekend in New York City at the age of 54. He was responsible for some of the most iconic comics of the 1990s, including Hellblazer and Preacher.

Mark Twain Prize: Bill Murray Accepts Nation's Top Humor Award

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 05:03:00 -0400

Bill Murray received the 2016 Mark Twain Prize Sunday evening at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. He was gently roasted by friends and fellow comics, and he was droll and deadpan and heartfelt.

From 'Unproud' To 'Hombre,' Election 2016 Is Testing Our Vocabulary

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:24:00 -0400

Merriam-Webster noticed the number of unique words coming out of this campaign, and has been using Twitter to report the most searchable words. Lexicographer Peter Sokolowski talks to Rachel Martin.

MetLife Splits With Snoopy And The Peanuts Gang To Adapt To Current Insurance Market

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 08:10:00 -0400

Metlife is firing Snoopy. The insurance company is saying goodbye to Snoopy and the Peanuts characters as its mascots, ending a three decade relationship.

Ahead Of Revival, 'Gilmore Girls' Fans Descend On The 'Real' Stars Hollow

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 05:38:00 -0400

Show creator Amy Sherman-Palladino hatched the idea for the show during a weekend visit to Washington, Conn. It's like "a step back in time," says one resident — and fans are making the pilgrimage.

'Black Mirror' Creator Dramatizes Our Worst Nightmares About Technology

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:55:45 -0400

The 3rd season of the dystopian series created by Charlie Brooker is soon available on Netflix. Inspired by shows like The Twilight Zone, it's about the unintended consequences of the digital age.

Cult TV Fans Will Find 'Rocky Horror' And 'Black Mirror' Smart And Provocative

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:51:00 -0400

TV critic David Bianculli reviews Fox's remake of the classic '70s musical, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and season 3 of Black Mirror on Netflix. He says both shows leave viewers fully entertained.