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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.
Female 1: Could eating organic be the best-kept weight loss secret of all time? Blaming the obesity epidemic on over eating and inactivity has yet to solve any problems. But now, research is pointing to the expanded production and usage of synthetic chemicals as the culprit for the current weight problem in America.
Male: The more processed the food is that we put in our bodies, the less our body actually recognizes it.
Female 1: Fifty years ago, hormones, preservatives and pesticides were not used to produce the foods we now eat. Our bodies cannot use the products for energy or get rid of them, so the unused leftovers from whatever you eat are stored inside our bodies and now, it has been shown that they alter the natural functions inside.
Female 2: When you are eating non-organic foods or processed foods, it takes a lot more energy to help process those foods and the body is unsure of what to do with them. So, instead of using the energy to positive benefits like being able to do the activities you enjoy doing, your body has to expend more energy to process the foods and the chemicals.
Female 3: These studies are slowly but surely showing that weight loss is an added benefit. Now, how can this be when these products look like they are diet friendly?
Male: Those 100-calorie packs and all these things marketed as diet foods are one of the worst things that could ever come to the market. They let people think that these are actually nutritious foods or that they are doing something good for themselves because they are only in the 100-calories.
Female 4: Now the reasoning behind that is there are many different ingredients in this little 100-calorie packs that your body really cannot use for energy. The leftovers that your body cannot digest just end up getting stored inside your body. There is some research saying that they alter the make up of the fat, making it harder for you to lose weight when you do decide that that is something you need to do.
Female 5: You are what you eat and the more naturally you can eat, the better you feel, the better you function.
Female 6: Eating organic promote weight loss because you are not ingesting the chemicals that sabotage and slow your metabolism by taxing your organs. Instead, your body on an organic diet is able to filter out these built up toxins and get to work slimming down more efficiently.