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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.
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.
SHOTLIST:ABC POOL - AP CLIENTS ONLYWashington - January 17, 20141. Wide shot of President entering, walking to podium with applause and 'thank you'2. SOUNDBITE (English) President Barack Obama"'The men and women of the intelligence community including the NSA consistently follow protocols designed to protect the privacy of ordinary people -- they're not abusing authorities in order to listen to your private phone calls or read your emails."3. SOUNDBITE (English) President Barack Obama"Given the fact of an open investigation, I'm not going to dwell on mr snowden's actions or his motivations I will say our nation's security depends in part on the individuals entrusted with those secrets"4. SOUNDBITE (English) President Barack Obama"We have to make some important decisions about how to protect ourselves and sustain our leadership i the world while upholding the privacy protections that our ideals and constitution require."5. SOUNDBITE (English) President Barack Obama"We will reform programs and procedures in place to provide greater transparecy to our surveillance activities and fortify the safeguards that protect the privacy of US persons."6. SOUNDBITE (English) President Barack Obama"I'm also calling on congress to authorize the establishment of a panel of advocates from outside govt to proivde an independent voice in matters before the surveillance court."7. SOUNDBITE (English) President Barack Obama"I'm asking the attorney general and DNI to insitute reforms that place adiditonal restrictions on govt's ability to retain search and use in criminal cases communications between americans and foreign citizens incidentally collected over section 702"STORYLINE: Seeking to calm a furor over U.S. surveillance, President Barack Obama on Friday called for ending the government's control of phone data from hundreds of millions of Americans and immediately ordered intelligence agencies to get a secretive court's permission before accessing such records. Still, he defended the nation's spying apparatus as a whole, saying the intelligence community was not "cavalier about the civil liberties of our fellow citizens." The president also directed America's intelligence agencies to stop spying on friendly international leaders and called for extending some privacy protections to foreign citizens whose communications are scooped up by the U.S.