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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.
New York may be the city of dreams, but when temperatures rise the concrete jungle seems hard to handle. And New Yorkers ...
start to dream of one thing ... the beach. But rather than travelling, entrepeneur Blayne Ross imagined bringing the sand to the city. He's spearheading a campaign on crowdfunding site Indiegogo for City Beach. It's a beach on a reclaimed barge that floats along the Hudson River.
STORY: New York may be the city of dreams, but when temperatures rise the concrete jungle seems hard to handle. And New Yorkers start to dream of one thing ... the beach. But rather than travelling, entrepeneur Blayne Ross imagined bringing the sand to the city. He's spearheading a campaign on crowdfunding site Indiegogo for City Beach. It's a beach on a reclaimed barge that floats along the Hudson River. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BLAYNE ROSS, ENTREPENEUR AND FOUNDER AND OF CITY BEACH CAMPAIGN, SAYING: "Actually it just came out of seeing a need ... I come from Florida and we have lots of beaches and there's plenty of room around and I like to spread out. And I was like 'how can we make this happen'?" Ross, along with a team of architects and engineers, envision more than just a strip of sand in the middle of the Hudson. Below deck the barge will feature shops, concession stands, restaurants and even a kid friendly science exhibit. Architect Matthew Berman says the design is centered on dunes and other elements that make a beachscape unique. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ARCHITECT MATTHEW BERMAN, PARTNER AT WORKSHOP/APD, SAYING: "You take this serene element of topography and the sound of water and that's what we started to look at. So that's where the sculpted form came from, the potato chip form, it allowed us to create varying vantage points, so that no matter where you're looking, you're not looking at the back of somebody's head and you're looking over and at something." Since people won't be swimming in the Hudson, the team is planning a waterfall that will surround the entire barge. Besides creating white noise that transports beachgoers to a fantasy island, it'll keep the barges' weight balanced so it doesn't tip on either side. Designer Andrew Kotchen says it's also one of the keys to keeping the barge green. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ARCHITECT ANDREW KOTCHEN, PARTNER AT WORKSHOP/APD, SAYING: "Inherently creating outdoor space should be green. So, the primary focus is to hang out on the sand, which in and of itself is a permeable material. Water can filtrate through it and we can somewhow capture that water and potentially use it for other aspects of the barge. Other uses, whether it's greywater for flushing nad things like that. I mean there's many other ways to dovetail the exterior environmental coponents into the interior uses of the space." Other environmentally friendly features include a solar farm and proposed light shafts that will bring sunshine to marine life. But for City Beach to get off the ground, it'll need the support of New Yorkers -- who have a reputation as a tough sell. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NEW YORKER DAVID WHITE, SAYING: "I quite like the beach and I go to California for that. So it's nice to have a beach here." (SOUNDBITE) (English) NEW YORKER SURA BINDMAN, SAYING: "If you don't want to go to Brighton Beach, Coney Island or anywhere else, it's a good place to start." (SOUNDBITE) (English) NEW YORKER HENRY CHU, SAYING: "I think that's a good idea. NY can accept anything." The team hopes its campaign will raise enough funds to launch the project in the summer of 2016.