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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.
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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.
Host: What are games or other activities parents can play with their children to increase vocabulary? Rene Hackney: There are a lot of games parents can play to increase vocabulary. There are something called The Objects in a bag game which is just that. You take a lot of household objects put them down into a bag and then everybody gets a turn to pull one out at a time. Now, when children are young, the three year olds, you might just label the object, a block! What are you going to do? Oh! A ball. And they are labeling and you are labeling as you go. As kids get a little older, you want to add the functional definition. Those, what that object does, so, you pull out the block and you say Oh! A block, I could build with this. And then the child pulls out the ball and say, A ball. and you say What did you do? and the child says, I could bounce a ball. and so, the you are getting the functional definitions along with the game. Playing I Spy is really easy language game. When children are really young you have to be very concrete about I Spy. You would say something like I Spy something round with numbers that tells us the time and it's over there. So, children really can go and get it they know it's the clock and As they get older you can be a lot more vague I spy something round or I spy numbers, but when they are little you want to give him lots of language and then they are having to keep that language in mind while they are going to find that thing. The memory game is a good one where you say things -- I remember playing it where we were packing suitcase for grandmas and you would go through the alphabet, I am packing an Apple and the next person would say I am packing an Apple and Banana and an Apple and Banana and a Coat and saying you are going through, but they are having to remember those words as they go. Another game we called The Bunny and the Cup Game, but it really doesn't have to be a Bunny. What you do is you take two coffee cup and you have your little actions figuring, you are teaching them the preposition words or those locations words and you say I am going to put my Bunny on the cup. Can you put your Bunny on the cup? I am going to put my Bunny under the cup. Can you put your under the cup? and the child is learning to follow those directions and they are learning about in, on, over, under, near, far, above, below, and you can do it without the modeling. You can just say Hey can your Bunny go under? without yours, as they get older. Another easy way to build vocabulary is to encourage children in preschool years to look through photo albums and to talk about the things that they are seeing. It's a nice way because often those are people they love and things they have done and places they've went. So, they have of that vocabulary already. Another Game is called the Crazy Directions Game or if you want to build children s listening skills and their vocabulary might say Okay, see if you can find the cat, jump up and down and run to the door and you are seeing, if children can keep that language in mind and in memory while they move through the action.