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Connected features the personal stories of six New Yorkers woven together into one of the most intimate series ever. This groundbreaking show changes the nature of storytelling by giving each character a camera to document their lives. The result is a unique format revealing as different as everyone appears to be, we are all universally Connected.
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Jews and Money. Asian Drivers. Polish IQ. CPT… that's racist! But where do these stereotypes come from? Comedian Mike Epps explores the backstories of this humor and how history and fact often distorts into a snide – but sometimes funny – shorthand.
"INSPIRED" features celebrities, visionaries and some of the biggest newsmakers of our generation, recounting the stories behind their biggest, life-changing moments of inspiration.
In a compelling series of verite encounters, Win Win provides unique access into the minds and lives of the world’s most-celebrated entrepreneurs and athletes.
Explore what it means to be human as we rush head first into the future through the eyes, creativity, and mind of Tiffany Shlain, acclaimed filmmaker and speaker, founder of The Webby Awards, mother, constant pusher of boundaries and one of Newsweek’s “women shaping the 21st Century.”
Nicole Richie brings her unfiltered sense of humor and unique perspective to life in a new series based on her irreverent twitter feed. The show follows the outspoken celebrity as she shares her perspective on style, parenting, relationships and her journey to adulthood.
Comedy is hard, but teaching comedy to children is hilariously difficult. Kevin Nealon is giving the challenge to some world-famous comedians. As these young minds meet with comedy’s best, get ready to learn some valuable comedy lessons, and to laugh!
James Franco loves movies. He loves watching them, acting in them, directing them, and even writing them. And now, he’s going to take some of his favorite movie scenes from the most famous films of all time, and re-imagine them in ways that only James can.
The story of punk rock singer Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! who came out as a woman in 2012, and other members of the trans community whose experiences are woefully underrepresented and misunderstood in the media.
Executive produced by Zoe Saldana (who will be the subject of one episode), a celebrity travels back to their hometown to pay tribute to the one person from their past (before they were famous) who helped change their life by giving them an over-the-top, heart-felt surprise.
Enter the graceful but competitive world of ballet through the eyes of executive producer, Sarah Jessica Parker. This behind-the-scenes docudrama reveals what it takes to perform on the ultimate stage, the New York City Ballet. Catch NYCB on stage at Lincoln Center.
Park Bench is a new kind of "talking show" straight from the mind of born and bred New Yorker and host, Steve Buscemi.
It was a reform that was supposed to show the banks who's boss - a liquidity standard all banks across Europe would have ...
to meet. But what began as an aggressive clampdown, has suddenly gone soft. Industry regulator - the Basel committee - has relaxed an original plan for minimum cash reserves by giving banks more time and more flexibility. Despite the tough-talking, Michael Hewson from CMC markets says regulators would always have to back down.
It was a reform that was supposed to show the banks who's boss - a liquidity standard all banks across Europe would have to meet. But what began as an aggressive clampdown, has suddenly gone soft. Industry regulator - the Basel committee - has relaxed an original plan for minimum cash reserves by giving banks more time and more flexibility. Despite the tough-talking, Michael Hewson from CMC markets says regulators would always have to back down. SOUNDBITE (English) CMC MARKETS SENIOR MARKET ANALYST MICHAEL HEWSON, SAYING "Unfortunately regulators are caught between, you know, a rock and a hard place. If they clampdown on banks then obviously they're going to strangle their ability to lend. And if they relax too much they're going to be accused of going soft on banks. Unfortunately the reality is, the economy needs banks to lend because essentially lending money is the life blood of growth." SOUNDBITE (English) REUTERS REPORTER IVOR BENNETT SAYING "It's the first time ever that banks across Europe will have to meet a target for a cash buffer. The hope is it'll prevent another global financial crisis, making banks less vulnerable to sudden runs. But the buffers will now not only be smaller than planned, they'll also be much easier to fill." Under the original draft, only government bonds and top-quality corporate bonds could form a cash buffer. and banks had to comply by 2015. But now they can use shares, some equities AND retail mortgage-backed securities too. Plus they've been given 4 more years. The industry complained the earlier deadline would stop them lending and choke a recovery. But Edward Hadas from Reuters Breakingviews doubts the new rules will mean any boost for growth. SOUNDBITE (English) REUTERS BREAKINGVIEWS ECONOMICS EDITOR, EDWARD HADAS, SAYING, "The main story of the last 4 years from a macro economic point of view is you keep easing policy and you keep policy at pretty extreme levels and not that much happens in the economy so this looks like more of the same. Give in to the financial system for the sake of the economy and hope for the best." It's good news for the banks at least. Europe's banking index hit a 17-month high on Monday with French, German, British and Italian lenders all rising. Whether it'll have the same effect on Europe's economy is another question altogether.