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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.
(Image source: Fox News ) BY LOGAN TITTLE E-cigarettes are once again lighting up health headlines. The Federal Drug Administration is testing the product touted as a “healthier alternative” to smoking and is refusing entry of such e- products into the U.S. until an investigation concludes that they are indeed safe. (Via Bloomberg ) As the market for e-cigs continues to grow, public health officials are scurrying to figure out how safe they really are and have asked the FDA to step in once again. Back in 2011, a federal appeals courts struck down the FDA’s plan to regulate e-cigs as a “drug,” which would have forced the manufacturers to prove they are safe. (Via PC Magazine ) Without this restriction, companies have been able to market e-cigarettes as the seemingly healthy smoking alternative. Thus ads aired on TV for the first time in 43 years. (Via Blu E-Cigs ) E-cigarettes contain a battery that heats up the nicotine inside so users inhale vapor instead of tar or ash. So far, it seems safer than the usual pack. And Michael Siegel from Boston University’s School of Public Health told Inside Science the smokeless device could actually help people quit. (Via E-Cig Advanced ) “When you take away the tobacco and combustion then you’re taking away the bulk of the problem.” He also added, “It’s not a question of whether e-cigarettes are going to be regulated, it’s more about how they’re going be regulated.” So, they might help you quit, but the question remains: are they really safe? Hosts on the TV talk show “The Doctors” weighed in. Andrew: “We don’t want to get people on nicotine. That’s not good either. That constricts your blood vessels.” Jim: “Yeah, that’s what leads to heart disease.” Andrew: “But it’s a lot better than consuming all that tar and charcoal and...” The FDA and U.S. medical companies are in agreement that more research is needed to determine the possible risks of smokeless smoking. So far the FDA has not released any proposed regulation plans. According to The Wall Street Journal , the project’s director said any proposed rules will be issued to all interested parties at the same time.