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Taran Killam Says 'There Was Never Any Common Ground' When Trump Hosted 'SNL'

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 06:01:00 -0400

In November 2015, candidate Donald Trump drew protesters to NBC's New York studio. Saturday Night Live alum Taran Killam says, "We could hear the protests during our table read."

In The Wake Of Harvey Weinstein Scandal, Women Say #MeToo

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:07:00 -0400

The ousting of a powerful Hollywood producer over multiple abuse allegations prompted women and other assault survivors to proclaim a simple idea: that sexual abuse is common in their lives.

In His 15th Season At 'SNL,' Kenan Thompson Still Knows How To Play It Funny

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 06:00:15 -0400

Thompson has lasted longer than any other performer in Saturday Night Live history. He's so likeable that the writers sometimes use the action line "Kenan reacts" when they need to get a joke in.

'SNL' Goes After 'Well-Dressed Skin Tag' Weinstein, Stages Pence Walkouts

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 05:56:00 -0400

Slammed for last week's silence on Weinstein, the show ripped into sex abuse allegations against the producer. Elsewhere, Kate McKinnon revived Kellyanne Conway as an eerie Pennywise from It.

On Halloween, Remember: Voodoo Isn't Black Magic

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 06:00:00 -0400

Halloween is nigh. Does your costume pass the racial sensitivity test? That's our topic this week on Ask Code Switch.

Jimmy Fallon On The School Of 'SNL' And His Tendency To Smile Too Much

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 14:22:00 -0400

"There was a report card from kindergarten and the comment from the teacher was, 'Jimmy smiles too much,' " Fallon says. "I think I would smile even when I was getting yelled at."

As Democrats Purge Weinstein's Cash, Impact On The Party Is Likely To Be Low

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 12:58:00 -0400

Among Democratic high rollers, Weinstein's presence was bigger than his bankroll.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'The Good Place'

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 09:14:38 -0400

The podcast's producer emeritus, Mike Katzif, joins the panel to talk about the NBC comedy The Good Place, which is about the afterlife, becoming a better person, and figuring out what's going on.

Marc Maron On Robin Williams, Barack Obama And Learning To Be A Good Listener

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 05:08:00 -0400

NPR interviewed Maron in the cramped garage where he tapes most of his podcast, WTF. When he's the interviewer, he says, "I generally don't have a page full of questions, like you have there."

Q-Tip Says His New Kennedy Center Role Helps 'Institutionalize Hip-Hop'

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 00:14:00 -0400

A Tribe Called Quest frontman is the first artistic director for hip-hop culture at the Kennedy Center. He discusses the cultural levity of his appointment and the current political climate.

Agnes Varda And JR: The Cinematic Odd Couple Behind 'Faces Places'

Sun, 08 Oct 2017 17:40:00 -0400

Agnes Varda practically invented the French New Wave, and at 89 she's still working, co-directing a new film with artist JR about their travels through the French countryside in his photography van.

Kenan Thompson Becomes Longest-Serving Cast Member On SNL

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 16:58:00 -0400

With the start of this season of SNL, Kenan Thompson became longest-serving cast member in the show's history. So what's the secret to his longevity and making it click with the audience?

Amid Harassment Reports, Harvey Weinstein Takes Leave Of Absence

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 18:54:00 -0400

Weinstein, one of the most powerful men in Hollywood, made the announcement following a New York Times report alleging that he sexually harassed employees and actresses for decades.

'Jeopardy!' Champion Goes Viral With Quirky Style, Big Bets

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 17:25:00 -0400

Austin Rogers — a New York City bartender who claims to have analyzed hundreds of episodes to deduce patterns in the questions — has become a viral sensation.

'The Apprentice' Creators Look Back

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 16:59:00 -0400

Before he became president, Donald Trump was on the reality TV show, The Apprentice. From NPR's podcast Embedded, Kelly McEvers talks to people who were instrumental in the creation of that show about working with Trump. LANGUAGE ADVISORY: At 6:07 in the piece, the "god" in "goddamn" has been bleeped.