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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.
(SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) REUTERS REPORTER, TARA JOSEPH, SAYING: "You know Andy, when we talk about living below the poverty line, that idea comes from the Industrial Revolution. Right now it's a dollar twenty-five around the world. I bet it's out of date." (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) COLUMNIST, REUTERS BREAKINGVIEWS, ANDY MUKHERJEE, SAYING: "It is out of date and it is highly unrealistic because this line, which started out three decades ago as a dollar one-a-day threshold has basically evolved from viewing abject poverty as calorie deficiency. But that's, as you said, a very industrial age concept. Now the cycle of poor consuming food and then translating that food into work and wages, and then using those wages to buy food again, that cycle itself is broken. Those industrial type jobs are withering away, even in poor countries, under a relentless onslaught from technology. So a new approach has to take into account that even the poor are likely to be employed today in a post-industrial type environment where they need some communication and problem solving skills, some machine use skills. And not being able to grab those opportunities, as well as not having enough means to buy education for children or security against bad health, economic crisis and they're own old age is also poverty. We ought to be able to quantify the number of global poor by taking this kind of holistic lifestyle, or lifecycle, approach to capability deprivation as Amartya Sen called it." (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) REUTERS REPORTER, TARA JOSEPH, SAYING: "So with this new definition, I bet there are many people living below the poverty line, many more than we actually assume." (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) COLUMNIST, REUTERS BREAKINGVIEWS, ANDY MUKHERJEE, SAYING: "Yes, the Asian Development Bank for instance recently estimated that Asia itself has 1.75 billion poor people, and not some 750 million-odd that the dollar one and a quarter a day threshold will have you believe. Now my approach is more generous than theirs, so don't be surprised if the estimate of global poverty under my approach actually triples. But what would you rather have? Progress against a meaningless market, or a humble acceptance of the proposition that we are very, very far from slaying deprivation?" ENDS