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When America Needed Them, 'The Waltons' Were There

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 05:06:00 -0400

Forty-five years ago The Waltons debuted on television. It chronicled a family living through the Great Depression and was based on the creator's early life in a tiny town in Virginia.

Forget F. Scott: In 'Z,' Christina Ricci Tells Zelda Fitzgerald's Story

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:14:00 -0400

There's a common misconception (popularized by Ernest Hemingway) that Zelda Fitzgerald ruined her husband's life. The truth, Ricci says, is much more complicated.

New Film Spotlights Palestinian Women Navigating Life 'In Between' Cultures

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 07:00:00 -0400

Maysaloun Hamoud's In Between highlights the challenges young Palestinian women face in Israel as they try to live amid contradictory expectations. Hamoud has received death threats since its release.

How Latino Players Are Helping Major League Baseball Learn Spanish

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 04:01:00 -0400

Latino players have long felt lost in translation in the minor and major leagues. How MLB is taking on this linguistic and cultural challenge.

We Are All Martha: Alison Wright On How Her 'Americans' Character Became A Hit

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 07:45:35 -0400

Wright plays an FBI secretary who falls in love with an undercover Russian spy. She says Martha is "who we would all most likely be" if we found ourselves in the world of The Americans.

'Beauty And The Beast,' Music, And More From South By Southwest

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:14:00 -0400

This week, we visit the new Disney live-action adaptation of Beauty And The Beast, and we all report back from Austin about the happenings at South By Southwest.

Negin Farsad: Can Humor Fight Prejudice?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:10:09 -0400

Comedian Negin Farsad traveled all over the U.S. to clear up misconceptions about Islam while making people laugh. She calls this form of activism "social justice comedy."

Maysoon Zayid: Should Humor Make Us Uncomfortable?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:10:09 -0400

Maysoon Zayid teases herself for all the ways she's different: she has cerebral palsy, she's Muslim, she's Palestinian. By making us laugh at it, she gets us to think about acceptance.

Sandi Toksvig: Can Social Change Start With Laughter?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:10:09 -0400

When comedian and TV host Sandi Toksvig came out as gay in the early 1990s, she used humor to recover from the onslaught of vitriol.Today, she says, humor can help bring about social change.

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

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:00:00 -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."