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Bob Dorough, Jazz Musician Best Known For 'Schoolhouse Rock!,' Dead At 94

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 11:07:00 -0400

Dorough spent two decades as a jazz player, singer, conductor and arranger in New York before being approached, at his advertising day job, to explain math to children via music.

Prince's Family Files Wrongful Death Suit Against Hospital, Pharmacy Chain

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 05:11:42 -0400

The pop superstar was treated for an overdose a week before his death. The suit contends that the hospital failed to realize the drug he was taking was a deadly counterfeit.

Edible Oddities: David Bowie-Inspired Menus Reflect His Many Personas

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 13:05:00 -0400

Ziggy Stardust and the Thin White Duke are just two of the characters David Bowie created for himself. The innovator explored music and identity, and his art exhibition inspires chefs and mixologists.

Shania Twain Singing Words Of Sorry For Saying She'd Have Voted For Trump

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 06:57:00 -0400

The songstress who sang "That Don't Impress Me Much" now says she's sorry for saying she would have voted for Donald Trump if she were an eligible American voter.

Pop Culture Week: 'Scandal,' Beychella, Kendrick

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 17:34:00 -0400

Shonda Rhimes' ABC smash hit Scandal takes its final bow, Beyonce preps for another set at the mega-popular Coachella music festival, and Rapper Kendrick Lamar wins a Pulitzer Prize.

As Saudi Arabia's Cinema Ban Ends, Filmmakers Eye New Opportunities

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 07:00:24 -0400

Allowing cinemas is part of a modernization drive by the Saudi government, which hopes to create more business opportunities and become a regional film hub. But it's a tough place to be a filmmaker.

How To Watch 'Westworld' Even If You've Never Seen An Episode

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:20:00 -0400

It's impossible to watch all the good TV out there. But that's no reason to shy away from the conversation around the buzziest small-screen delights. David Chen and Joanna Robinson host the podcast Decoding Westworld, and join NPR's Ailsa Chang to talk about HBO's Westworld.

The 'Scandal' Finale: Last Shocks, Loose Ends And Lots Of Lust

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 05:00:24 -0400

After seven seasons, Shonda Rhimes' roller-coaster of a drama screeches to a final halt as Olivia and the team try to get out of one last scrape and Olivia tries to make it to Vermont.

How 'Scandal' Changed TV

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 05:00:00 -0400

The ABC show Scandal is ending its seventh and final season. The political thriller is the first Shonda Rhimes show to end on its own accord. We look back at the ground it broke.

Man Of Steel, Belted: 'Action Comics #1000' And The Return Of A Super-Accessory

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 10:00:29 -0400

This week, Action Comics becomes the first American comic book to reach #1000, though that numbering comes with an asterisk. More important: the return of Superman's red trunks — and yellow belt.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Cultural Dichotomies

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 07:00:29 -0400

We return to a conversation we had in 2014 about cultural dichotomies, from Beatles/Stones to Trek/Wars to creamy/crunchy.

How Funny Is The New Africa Correspondent For Trevor Noah's 'Daily Show'?

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 12:26:00 -0400

Comedian Loyiso Madinga delivers politics with a punchline in his segments for the Africa version of the Comedy Central program.

'Thirst Trap' Enters The Lexicon

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 05:16:00 -0400

The phrase "thirst trap" has entered common usage. It can mean anything from a desire for attention on social media to a digital heartthrob.

Here's What You Need To Know About Infinity Stones Before The New Avengers Movie

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 05:00:00 -0400

They're the major MacGuffins of the Marvel Cinematic Universe — but there's a lot of them, and you need a scorecard to keep track of which does what. We're here for you.

Saudi Arabia's First Arab Fashion Week Kicks Off, Beyond Fashionably Late

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 14:51:34 -0400

The fashion show, which only women are invited to view, is the newest entertainment opportunity to emerge in the ultra-conservative kingdom.