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Arts & Entertainment
1:27 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Making Masterpiece: Rebecca Eaton On The PBS Fave

Rebecca Eaton's book "Making Masterpiece."

Marcie Sillman talks with Rebecca Eaton, PBS Masterpiece's 25-year executive producer, about her book, "Making Masterpiece," which describes the lows of budget cuts and the highs of hits like Downton Abbey.

This interview originally aired on November 5, 2013.

Television
4:33 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

'The Samaritans:' When 'The Office' Meets International Aid

Steve Scher speaks with Hussein Kurji, creator of the new comedy TV series "The Samaritans," a mockumentary set in Nairobi, Kenya. Kurji talks about the fictional NGO that "does nothing."

Television
3:29 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Music From Above: Building A Studio In The Trees

The treehouse at Bear Creek Studio featured on "Treehouse Masters."
Screenshot from Animal Planet video.

If you’re walking outside this weekend in Woodinville, Wash., that’s not just birdsong coming from the trees.

Bear Creek Studio was featured on an episode of Animal Planet’s show Treehouse Masters. The crew from the reality show built a recording space for the music studio 18 feet up in the cedar trees.

The episode airs Friday at 10 p.m. and has brought in a couple of musical guests. CeeLo Green drops in to play and is joined by the treehouse’s Fall City designer Pete Nelson, who takes a turn at the microphone – for better or worse.

Arts And Literature
1:54 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Why Sherlock Holmes Keeps Coming Back

Sherlock Holmes, has been immortalized in a number of ways, including this statue at the Baker Street Station for the London Underground.
Credit Flickr Photo/samaja

One of the most popular characters in literature, stage, film and television started with a struggling doctor trying to put food on the table.

In 1887, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, selling stories to magazines and papers as a side profession, introduced a detective and doctor duo in “The Mystery of Uncle Jeremy’s Household” – a prototype that would later become the ubiquitous Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in “A Study in Scarlet” and an entire canon that followed.

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Television
3:05 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Green Is Still The Only Color That Matters In TV

Actress Kerry Washington, who plays Olivia Pope on the hit show "Scandal."
From the "Scandal" Facebook page.

David Hyde talks with Robert Thompson, Director of the Bleier Center for Television & Popular Culture Trustee at Syracuse University about racial diversity on television. From The Cosby Show to In Living Color to Scandal, for the last three decades shows starring and produced by African-Americans have been huge hits; but primetime television still remains mostly white.

Black Women On Mainstream TV
9:50 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Conversation About 'SNL' And Diversity 'Just Getting Started'

Meet Sasheer Zamata, Saturday Night Live's new cast member.
Heidi Gutman ABC via Getty Images

Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 10:10 am

It may seem, now that Saturday Night Live has hired a black female cast member and two black female writers, that the conversation about diversity on TV's most influential comedy show is over.

But it's just getting started.

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Science Meets Sasquatch
10:04 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Sasquatch Reality Show Filmed In Northwest Premieres This Week

The search for Sasquatch is on on '10 Million Dollar Big Foot Bounty.'
Spike TV

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 5:06 pm

A new cable reality show features rugged Northwesterners tromping through the region’s beautiful landscapes. They’re searching for a Northwest icon -- Sasquatch.

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Also: Muppet Flirting
2:50 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Fraggle Rock Puppeteer Karen Prell Coaxes Out Her Inner Puppet

Karen Prell and Red from "Fraggle Rock" at this year's GeekGirlCon in Seattle.
Flickr Photo/GeekGirlCon

She was the nasal-voiced puppeteer behind Red Fraggle on Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock, and she hung out with David Bowie on the set of Labyrinth.

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Radio Retrospective
12:42 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

When Radio Censors, Go For “The Twilight Zone”

Rod Sterling, the creator of "The Twilight Zone," who got his start in radio.
From Wikipedia

Rod Serling may not be a household name, but his groundbreaking television show, The Twilight Zone, certainly is. Serling’s bumpy radio beginnings set the stage for the innovative program. 

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Pop Culture
12:56 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

The '80s: More Complicated Than They Appear On TV

From "Happy Days" to "That '70s Show," TV writers love to tap into viewer nostalgia. This week ABC premieres "The Goldbergs" about a middle-class family living "in a simpler time called the '80s."

But Princeton University history professor Julian Zelizer says that suburban America during the Reagan years was anything but simple. He talks with David Hyde about the political changes that took place outside the home and continue to shape us today.

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Critic's Choice
4:35 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Fall TV: Three New Shows Worth Checking Out

Showtime's new show "Masters of Sex."
"Masters of Sex'" Facebook page.

Even in the age of Hulu, Netflix and movies on your phone, fall still means new shows on television. IMDb TV editor Melanie McFarland recommends three new shows in the fall schedule worth checking out.

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Television
6:00 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Micky Dolenz, Annie Leibovitz And "America In The King Years"

Flickr Photo/Cathy Cole

Micky Dolenz On A Life In Show Biz

George Michael “Micky” Dolenz, Jr., is best known for his role in the television sitcom, “The Monkees.” He became the drummer and a lead vocalist for the band created for the show. But Micky Dolenz spent much of his life in the show biz. Back in 1993, Steve Scher talked with Micky Dolenz about his path to music and the many other projects Micky worked on over the years.

Annie Leibovitz On The Stories Behind Her Photos

Annie Leibovitz began taking photographs for Rolling Stone in 1970. By 1973, she was its chief photographer. In addition to magazine editorial work, Leibovitz has created successful advertising campaigns for American Express, Gap and the Milk Board, among others. Exhibitions of her work have appeared in museums and galleries all over the world. What are the stories behind Annie Leibovitz's iconic photos? Steve Scher talked with Annie Leibovitz in 2008 about what it’s like to photograph queens, presidents and the like.

Taylor Branch On Martin Luther King

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Taylor Branch has written a three-volume history of Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement, “America In The King Years.” Steve Scher talked with Taylor Branch in 2006 about King’s legacy, democracy and nonviolence.

Live Surgery
6:00 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Steve Allen, Live Surgery, And Salman Rushdie

Flickr Photo/Army Medicine

Steve Allen: On Television And Performing

Steve Allen was an American television personality, musician, composer, comedian and writer. He was the first host of “The Tonight Show,” and one New York Times article dubbed him "The Father of All Talk-Show Hosts."  Allen passed away in 2000. Steve Scher talked with Allen in 1993 about television, creativity and making people laugh.

Behind The Scenes: Surgery

As part of Weekday’s How-To series, Steve Scher sat down with two surgeons: Dr. Richard Ellenbogen, chairman of neurological surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and Dr. Eric Froines, then-chief of general surgery at Capitol Hill Specialty Center Group Health Permanente. Scher asked what the life of a surgeon is like and what it feels like to repair human brains, and took a field trip to a live surgery.

Salman Rushdie On Starting The Iraq War

In late 2002, the prospect of a war in Iraq was looming. British-Indian author and essayist Salman Rushdie sat down with Steve Scher. Rushdie discusses his concerns about the potential of a war in Iraq and his thoughts on terrorism.

Author Interviews
9:50 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Behind 'The New Black': The Real Piper's Prison Story

Taylor Schilling plays Piper in Netflix's Orange Is the New Black, which is based on Piper Kerman's memoir of her year in prison.
Jessica Miglio Netflix

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 8:18 am

Piper Kerman was a 24-year-old Smith College graduate in 1993, when she flew to Belgium with a suitcase of money intended for a West African drug lord.

This misguided adventure started when she began a romantic relationship with a woman who was part of what Kerman describes as a "clique of impossibly stylish and cool lesbians in their mid-30s." That woman was involved in a drug-smuggling ring, and got Kerman involved, too, though Kerman left that life after several months.

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Pot In Popular Culture
11:56 am
Mon July 1, 2013

The Evolution Of Pot Smoking On TV

Pot references on TV seem to be getting more common on popular shows like "Mad Men," "Weeds" and "That 70s Show."
From the Facebook page of the TV show "Weeds."

  Smoking marijuana may be legal here in Washington state, but it's still a federal crime. That certainly hasn’t stopped some of the people that we spend the most time with from lighting up: popular characters on television. Mad Men has even seen leading man Don Draper get stoned this season. What's the history of getting high on the small screen? Is casual pot use getting more common on TV? Robert Thompson is director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture at Syracuse University. He talked with David Hyde.

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