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Maureen Ryan

Catching Up With Some Of 2015's New Shows

HuffingtonPost.com | Maureen Ryan | Posted 01.14.2015 | Entertainment

It's a busy time in television, so here are condensed reviews of three new shows: "Babylon," 10 p.m. ET, Thursday, Sundance Channel: This U.K. dram...

My Conversation With Sen. Cory Booker and Sen. Tim Scott

Tavis Smiley | Posted 03.15.2015 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

While they are proud members of opposing political parties, their ability to speak thoughtfully and civilly to one another should serve as a lesson to both Democrats and Republicans that conversations free of partisan sniping and vitriol are possible across the political aisle.

An Open Letter to Daniel Tiger

Joelle Wisler | Posted 03.14.2015 | Parents
Joelle Wisler

I enjoy your show, I do. It gives me many minutes of freedom, probably more minutes than the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends. These minutes allow me time to indulge in my own interests, like bathing and using the bathroom. And, on occasion, I feel like you are doing a better job at raising my kids than me.

Yagana Shah

The Age When You're The Smartest, According To Science

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 01.09.2015 | Fifty

Ever wonder if you've passed your peak? No, we're not talking about the current state of your physique or even your hairline. We're talking about your...

Bully for Ancestry: My Journey Into the Past Uncovered a Forgotten Polish Odyssey

Greg Archer | Posted 05.01.2015 | Impact
Greg Archer

These may be heady questions, but now that we're 15 years into the 21st Century--yes, that's a jawdropper when you think about it--and the future has, basically, arrived, ironically, we find ourselves in the midst of another phenomena: Looking back into the past.

Bill Moyers' Departure from TV Leaves a Huge Hole

Peter Dreier | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Not content just to diagnose and document corporate and political malpractice, Moyers has regularly taken his cameras and microphones to cities and towns where unions, community organizations, environmental groups, tenants rights activists, and others were waging grassroots campaigns for change.

Wasn't He a Sniper? Mister Rogers and Peace in the Neighborhood

Michael G. Long | Posted 02.23.2015 | Entertainment
Michael G. Long

The real truth is that Rogers was a pacifist who fashioned Mister Rogers' Neighborhood as a platform for sharing his countercultural beliefs about nonviolence.

Garth the Great

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 02.22.2015 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

David helped to create the modern electoral process. He used television brilliantly; he helped introduce the slickness and trickery that is used by almost all political operatives as they seek to elect their candidates. He was smart, he was tough and for the last 30 years, he was my friend.

5 Tips to Simplify the Holidays

Lesli Rotenberg | Posted 02.18.2015 | Parents
Lesli Rotenberg

Between school vacation, endless shopping lists, mailing holiday cards, cooking for extended family and traveling in potential winter storms, the holiday season can be overwhelming for parents. And with the hectic holiday season, the spirit of the holidays can sometimes get lost.

My Conversation With Lindsey Buckingham

Tavis Smiley | Posted 02.16.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tonight, I'm joined by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Lindsey Buckingham, who reflects on his career with one of the most critically acclaimed musical groups of all time, Fleetwood Mac.

My Conversation With Angelina Jolie

Tavis Smiley | Posted 02.15.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tonight I'm joined by Academy Award-winning actress and director Angelina Jolie. Her film, Unbroken which tells the real life story of Olympian Louis Zamperini's heroic struggle to stay alive during his captivity as a POW during World War Two, opens on Christmas Day.

Sneak Peek of Downton Abbey Season 5

Helene Cohen Bludman | Posted 02.10.2015 | Entertainment
Helene Cohen Bludman

This week I was lucky to get a preview of Downton Abbey Season 5 and although the Downton folks are pretttty tight-lipped about revealing too much, here are some snippets that I can share.

It's You, I Like

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 02.09.2015 | Parents
Nicole Jankowski

In the beginning, Mister Rogers was just a comforting distraction. A little background noise, some bright colors for eyes that could only make out large blobs. Soon, he became part of our day. My husband would leave before it was light outside, but inside I sat in the glow of the television for 30 minutes each morning.

My Conversation With Steve Ballmer

Tavis Smiley | Posted 02.09.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tonight I'm joined by Steve Ballmer, former CEO of Microsoft and one of the primary architects of that tech giant's phenomenal success, who is now the new owner of the LA Clippers. He took over that franchise in the aftermath of the Donald Sterling scandal. His winning bid -- $2 billion.

My Conversation With Bryan Stevenson

Tavis Smiley | Posted 02.07.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

The founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, this activist, attorney and McArthur Genius Grant recipient has dedicated his life to fixing what many perceive as a broken justice system. He won the landmark Supreme Court case striking down life sentences for juveniles, just one issue he details in Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.

Joe Satran

The Best Food Show You've Never Heard Of Is Finally Coming To America

HuffingtonPost.com | Joe Satran | Posted 12.04.2014 | Taste

If the PBS broadcast is a hit, it may help the show's creators get another American adaptation off the ground.

Black Lives and Black Stories Matter

Donna Hardwick | Posted 01.26.2015 | Black Voices
Donna Hardwick

Black lives matter. Despite what we're seeing in media headlines, the actions of our courts and legal system and police departments everywhere -- black lives matter and black stories help shed light on history of race in America and beyond.

My Conversation with Joni Mitchell

Tavis Smiley | Posted 01.24.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Joni tells me about her approach to writing -- including her assessment of one of her best-known songs, "Both Sides Now", which she wrote when she was just 21 years old.

My Conversation With Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Gina Prince-Bythewood

Tavis Smiley | Posted 01.21.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

My conversation with Gugu and Gina covered a wide range of issues facing women in the entertainment industry. I asked Gina specifically why she wanted to tell this story, which at its core is a love story, and why it seems so difficult to get movies made about two black people falling in love.

My Conversation with Cristina Saralegui

Tavis Smiley | Posted 01.17.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tonight I'm joined by broadcaster Cristina Saralegui, who was named by Time magazine as one of the 25 most influential Hispanics in America.

The Midtown Men Tell It Like It Is... Was... Will Be (Part I)

Pamela Glasner | Posted 01.14.2015 | Entertainment
Pamela Glasner

The Oxford English Dictionary defines 'phenomenon' as an occurrence, perceived through the senses, the cause or explanation of which is in question. I cannot imagine a more fitting description for The Midtown Men and the exhilaration which both precedes and follows their every public appearance.

My Conversation With Smokey Robinson

Tavis Smiley | Posted 01.11.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Smokey has been writing, producing and recording hits for almost 50 years. He's won multiple Grammys and has been inducted into every Hall of Fame the music world offers.

My Conversation With Herbie Hancock

Tavis Smiley | Posted 01.07.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

He's now written a memoir titled Herbie Hancock: Possibilities that deals frankly with his life, including wrestling with drugs and how his family and his faith in Buddhism helped him overcome his addiction.

My Conversation With Andrew Dice Clay

Tavis Smiley | Posted 01.05.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Through it all he never doubted his talent, even when some of the rockier parts of the business threatened to derail his career. In the clip below, I ask him how he deals with some of the negative aspects of the entertainment industry.

My Conversation With Rene Russo

Tavis Smiley | Posted 12.31.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

She's now co-starring with Jake Gyllenhaal in a new movie titled Nightcrawler, which was written and directed by her husband, Dan Gilroy. The film deals with the underbelly of local news where morality is murky at best and anything that draws ratings is okay to air.