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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More than 5 million US households don’t use traditional cable or satellite options for watching television shows, reports consumer research organization The Nielsen Company. Instead, people stream online.
Low-cost providers like Netflix or HULU are replacing the once beloved boob-tube. Ross Reynolds talks with Monica Guzman, technology columnist for The Seattle Times and GeekWire about how Americans are watching TV.
Paying Internet Sales Tax The Senate voted on Monday on a bill that would end tax-free Internet shopping. Slate’s Matthew Yglesias joins us with a look at the Marketplace Fairness Act and who’s behind the push to collect taxes on your online purchases.
A Conversation With Early Television Actor Jan Merlin Jan Merlin starred in early television shows like Tom Corbett, Space Cadet and The Rough Riders. He went on to be an Emmy-winning script writer. He grew to love the escape that theater and film could provide after a profound World War II experience.
Seattle TV and Radio is about to experience some big changes. Yesterday the Sinclair Broadcast Group announced that it was buying Seattle-based Fisher Communications for about $373 million. Fisher owns 20 television stations including KOMO in Seattle, and four Fisher radio stations in Seattle, including KOMO. Other stations include KIMA and KEPR in Yakima and the Tri-Cities, KATU in Portland, KVAL in Eugene and KBOI in Boise. Ross Reynolds gets the skinny on Sinclair from Northwestern University professor Dan Kennedy.
We bring you more of our favorite Weekday guests this hour as our spring membership drive rolls on. Earlier this year we spoke with the team behind Seattle sketch comedy show, The 206. We listen back to our conversation with Almost Live! alums John Keister and Pat Cashman and 206-er Chris Cashman. The show premiered on KING 5 in January and returns from a brief hiatus later this month.
Nick Offerman plays Ron Swanson, the libertarian government official on the TV show Parks and Recreation. Ross Reynolds talks to actor Nick Offerman about libertarianism, Hempfest, acting and cupcakes — kind of.
Today marks the start of the Washington State Legislature’s 2013 regular session. Lawmakers have their sights set on education as a top priority — they'll be looking at both funding and measuring student success. They’ll also be working with a new governor, Jay Inslee, and a new balance of power in the state Senate. Publicola's Josh Feit joins us with a preview.
Seattle has grown since KING 5's sketch comedy show Almost Live! left the air in 1999. Now some of the team that brought "The Lame List" and "COPS in Wallingford" to TV is back with a new show of modern-day Seattle-centric funny. The 206, starring Pat Cashman, John Keister and Chris Cashman, premieres tomorrow night. They join us in studio with a preview.