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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.
Wake up to your world in 2 minutes.
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.
Dr. Travis Stork: We do know the dangers of drugs and you yourself admitted your journey has not always been easy.
Todd Bridges: No, it wasn’t. I'm 17 years over on October 23rd 1993, and I did a lot of stuff. I will have my bag. I've been to a lot of poverty and killed a lot of people, and at one point in my life, I was trying to kill myself. But my journey was very different. I had a lot of things happened as a child growing up that’s retold in my book that explains why I made those choices because I didn’t like myself very much. I thought that that would help me, and during that era, drug addiction really wasn’t explained very well. It was like, “Just don’t do it.” Your parents say, “Don’t do it because I said don’t do it.”
They didn’t explain to us why not to do it or the health risks or what could possibly happen but what I went into, I went into it and get addicted. I went into just try to fill that pain gap that I was going through, and I got addicted, and I couldn’t get out of it. The more and more I tried to quit, the more and more I've got deeper and deeper involved in it.
Dr. Jim Sears: We’ve done several shows like this talking about to kids about drugs and everything, something I always want to ask them thinking about my kids as a father, “What can I do to maybe prevent my kid from going down that road?”
Todd Bridges: Well, I have two kids also, 11 and 13. The best thing that you could do with the kids is tell them the truth. And actually treat them--I always say, “Treat your kids like mini adults.” Be respectful to them also. Give them respect, treat them with the dignity. Don’t just say, “Don’t do something.” Don’t explain why not to do something. What I explain to my children I tell them why not to do something, I take them through the steps of why they shouldn’t do it. And also, I tell them not only the dangers of drugs, I tell them what’s going to happen when you do it, “You're going to lose this, you're going to lose that.”
So with me, it’s different. I've got pop in the video tape and saying, “This is going to be your life if you use drugs and alcohol”. You know what my son said, “I don’t like that.” I'm like, “No, you don’t.”
Dr. Travis Stork: What advice do you have for someone who has already started to spiral down that path?
Todd Bridges: Well, first of all, it’s going to take two people to help them quit drugs and alcohol: themselves and it’s going to be their parents. Most parents are very code dependency. Most parents want to really--they keep their kids addicted because they don’t want to believe their kids are doing drugs or they don’t want to really help their children. They want to keep giving them money. My mother caught me off.
The last year of my drug addiction, my mother told me, “I will no longer help you do anything. If you want to call me to get into a treatment place, call me. If not, do not call.”
Dr. Drew Ordon: You cannot be an enabler.
Todd Bridges: No, if you enable your child, your child will die. That’s the bottom line. Do you want to be responsible killing your child? That’s the question you’d have to ask.