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'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.

What If Willy Wonka Was Your Dad? Roald Dahl's Magical Parenting With Food

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 08:00:00 -0400

Food played a big role in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Dahl's other books. His daughter remembers fanciful "midnight feasts" and says her father used mealtime to test out new characters.

For Our 30th Anniversary, Fresh Air Tapes Live With Seth Meyers Of 'Late Night'

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 14:57:00 -0400

The SNL veteran used to ruminate over shows that didn't quite hit the mark; now the he resists the urge to look back: "It's nice to be in this place where you can be very forward focused," he says.

Summer TV Starts Strong With These June Premieres

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

Critic Eric Deggans has a preview of all the good TV coming out in June, from a returning British cop drama (Broadchurch) to a show about the sports world's weirdest televised product (GLOW).

PHOTOS: 'Chicano Eats' Food Blog Dishes Up Bicultural Flavors

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:23:00 -0400

On his bilingual food blog, Esteban Castillo shares traditional and fusion Mexican recipes. The blog has a stunning, minimalist aesthetic meant to challenge the way people see Mexican food.

When What Was Good For Bill Cosby Was Good For Black America

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 15:03:00 -0400

The few, tepid defenses of Bill Cosby during his criminal trial for sexual assault are an illustration of just how much his influence as Black America's emissary to the wider world has waned.