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Showbiz Dreams Collide With Reality In 'La La Land'

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:40:00 -0500

Damien Chazelle's latest film is a modern take on classic 1930s musicals. It's the story of a musician and a frustrated actress, learning to reconcile their dreams with the reality of Hollywood life.



Remembering Grant Tinker, 'Mary Tyler Moore' Producer And NBC Chair

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:27:00 -0500

David Bianculli offers an appreciation of Tinker, who died last month. Also, we listen to a Fresh Air interview with Tinker from 1994, and an interview with Tinker's wife, Mary Tyler Moore, from 1995.



Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'This Is Us' And 'Speechless'

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:39:00 -0500

Two All Things Considered hosts, Ari Shapiro and Audie Cornish, join the table for conversations about the new fall family shows This Is Us and Speechless.



'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.