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Bill Cosby Removed From Documentary On Black...07/28/15
Bill Cosby was instrumental in opening the door for black stuntmen in Hollywood early in his career. He was to be a central figure in a new documentary about black stuntmen, but that has now changed. He will be mentioned, but his interviews have been...
Happy Birthday! Bugs Bunny Turns 75
The animated rabbit is well known for starring in Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons. Bugs Bunny made his official debut in the 1940 Oscar-nominated short A Wild Hare.
Narcissistic, Maybe. But Is There More To The Art Of The...
Some say selfies are a mark of our narcissistic culture. But what about a little photoshopping? Is this further evidence of our vanity — or a platform for our personal brand and self-expression?
'I Am Cait' Premieres As Reality Series With A Cause
NPR reviews the premiere of I Am Cait, E! network's new reality series in which Caitlyn Jenner introduces her female identity to her family and explores transgender issues.
35 Women, 1 Story: Bill Cosby Accusers In 'New York...
NPR's Melissa Block speaks with Noreen Malone about her story in New York Magazine that names and shares personal stories of some of the women who have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault.
The Giant Foam Finger: Sports Hatred
In Pop Culture Happy Hour's sports spinoff, Stephen Thompson and Gene Demby discuss the athletes people hate — and try to get at why.
'I Am Cait' Review: Brave, Tasteful — And Kind Of Boring
I Am Cait, the E! Entertainment reality show about Caitlyn Jenner, premieres Sunday night. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Slate TV critic Willa Paskin about the show.
Want To Get Inside Your Favorite Show? Go To Comic-Con
San Diego Comic-Con is the sweet spot for immersive marketing, a form of advertising involving elaborate experiences that let fans feel like they're inside their favorite games, movies and shows.
Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Trainwreck' And 'Ant-Man'
This week brings two summer movies into our field of vision: an unconventional romantic comedy and a shrunken (in the good way) superhero adventure.
From Upspeak To Vocal Fry: Are We 'Policing' Young Women's...
Journalist Jessica Grose, linguistics professor Penny Eckert and speech pathologist Susan Sankin discuss upspeak, vocal fry and why women's voices are changing — and whether or not that's a problem.
Syfy's 'Sharknado 3' Fails At Being Really Good Bad...
Syfy debuts the third installment in its disaster movie spoof franchise. But it isn't fun to watch — even ironically — and the film falls short, even as it inspires imitators on other channels.
Bill Cosby Deposition Offers New Clues About Possible...
A nearly 1,000 page deposition from 2006 provides new information about comedian Bill Cosby's pattern of possible sexual abuse against dozens of women. But why hasn't he been prosecuted yet?
From Adman To Stand-Up: Jim Gaffigan's Transition Took A...
The comedian once worked in advertising — until he got caught dozing on the job. So, he took his savings and stepped on stage. Still, it was years before he hit his big break: a gig on the Late Show.
Turkish TV Travels Far As Craze For Dramas Goes Global
The Turkish television industry is booming. Audience numbers spike at the end of Ramadan, when viewers around the world tune in in massive numbers — but there's year-round enthusiasm, too.
Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'BoJack Horseman' And People We're...
This week's show brings an old pal home for a discussion of Netflix's favorite cartoon horse, as well as baseball, Lily Tomlin, graphic novels, other podcasts and more.
In Clothes And Language, 'Clueless' Offered Counterpoint...
This weekend marks 20 years since the release of Clueless, a film that critic Jen Chaney says remains infectious and has had a lasting impact on fashion and popular culture.
Emmy Nominations For 'Transparent,' Tatiana Maslany...
Nominations for the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards were announced Thursday. The field of contenders shows a welcome turn toward recognizing new talent and new sources for TV.
TLC Cancels '19 Kids And Counting' After Josh Duggar...
The cable network TLC has cancelled 19 Kids and Counting. The move comes two months after a police report was made public showing one of the show's stars, Josh Duggar, had been investigated for fondling underage girls, including his sisters.
Men Strut Their Stuff At Their Very Own New York Fashion...
This week was the debut of New York Fashion Week: Men's. 60 designers and some big-name sponsors showed up. Jacki Lyden went behind the scenes for The Seams, our series about clothing as culture.
Logo Or No Go? When Campaign Logos Look A Little Too...
It turns out the stylized "E" in Gov. Scott Walker's campaign logo looks just like the logo of a major eyeglass company. And he's not the only one who's faced a #logogate.
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