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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.
Go behind the scenes with some of the biggest digital celebrities to see what life is like when the blogging and tweeting stops.
Digital influencer Justine Ezarik (iJustine) is back. After covering the world of wearable tech last season, iJustine is expanding her coverage this year by profiling the hottest tech trends across the country.
Documentary shorts conceived of and directed by famous actors. Jeff Garlin, Katie Holmes, Alia Shawkat, Judy Greer, and James Purefoy
A 12 episode documentary series following 5 startup companies competing in the 2013 San Francisco TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Battlefield as they fine tune their products and eventually present in front of a panel of judges in hopes of winning $50,000 in funding.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Tracy Anderson spend time with women who've overcome hardship, injury, and setbacks to triumph in the face of adversity.
More food testing and more discoveries of horsemeat in European beef dishes. Products have been taken off supermarket shelves from Britain to Germany and from France to Norway. As a result laboratories like this one in Germany are inundated. SOUNDBITE: Jens Wiehler, Eurofins laboratory spokesperson, saying (English): "We were really overwhelmed by the number of food samples. In the beginning of the crisis most came from the UK, who even arranged a daily delivery by car across the channel, but now the volume is even bigger, partially from France and of course Germany." The lab has detected traces of horsemeat in some beef meals and almost 100% in others. The source of the contamination is still unclear, and the blame game has seen meat traders, food processors, retailers and governments accusing each other. The CEO of frozen food retailer Iceland points the finger at local governments who want cheap food for schools, hospitals and prisons. SOUNDBITE: Malcolm Walker, Chairman and CEO of Iceland, saying (English): "Cheap food doesn't come from supermarkets. It's driven by local authorities trying to get the prices down. And ok, some supermarkets have got cheaper label products - they'll maybe have three levels, they'll have the premium range, the standard range and the economy or white pack range. And in that economy range there's a mix of products going into there but it'll always be declared on the label. You might find beef-burger with chicken in it or lamb or goodness knows what but it'll all be declared on the label." No one has fallen ill from eating horse - first discovered in Irish beefburgers. But the scandal has exposed the complex route food takes from slaughterhouse to plate, and uncovered evidence of widespread mis-labelling. It's damaged Europeans' confidence in their processed food. And Governments are under pressure - Germany's agriculture minister is calling for Europe-wide action. SOUNDBITE: Ilse Aigner, German Consumer Affairs and Agriculture Minister, saying (German): "The focus will be to carry out a Europe-wide screening to find out whether this is just the tip of the iceberg. Beyond that, we want to extend the measures to other types of meat to find out whether only horsemeat was affected." Some jobs are now threatened by the widening scandal. French meat-processing firm Spanghero's licence has been temporarily withdrawn while investigations continue. Its staff of over 300 were to meet with France's agriculture minister to work out how they'll be paid until the plant reopens. Spanghero's boss has previously accused French officials of blaming them too quickly.