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Your Guide to the Best Holiday TV Specials of 2015

Common Sense Media | Posted 12.01.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Whether you like 'em heartwarming, quirky, funny, or futuristic, you'll find traditional faves, worthy underdogs, and a few new additions to the classic holiday-special canon. Though not all these shows feature families (or even humans!), they embody the spirit of togetherness, warmth, and tradition. (Check your local listings to confirm show dates and times.)

What To Watch Thanksgiving Weekend Besides Football

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 11.25.2015 | Entertainment

Thanksgiving is often full of food, family and NFL football. Well, no offense to traditions, but if those who celebrated the first Thanksgiving were ...

Beans, Biscuits and Kentucky's Bill Goodman

Don McNay | Posted 11.23.2015 | Books
Don McNay

Bill Goodman showed that he is not only a hall of fame journalist; he is a hall of fame author and every true Kentuckian should own a copy of his book.

I Stopped Watching TV For 30 Days. Here's What I Learned

Lauren Bowling | Posted 11.17.2015 | Women
Lauren Bowling

Television is designed to be a big, glittery distraction. In the past, I mainly used the tube to decompress after a long day, but perhaps more subconsciously the television helped me forget about whatever was stressing me out. In turning off the television, I had to deal with issues head on and in real time.

Veterans in Hollywood -- Time for a Gut-Check

Richard Arthur | Posted 11.12.2015 | Entertainment
Richard Arthur

Veteran's Day is a good time to ask how it can be that while so many TV shows and movies find inspiration in the sacrifice of our servicemen and women -- and yet find so little opportunity to hire Veterans to tell these stories?

How 'Breaking Amish' Star Kate Stoltz Broke Tradition to Pursue Dream in NYC

1,000 Dreams Fund | Posted 11.04.2015 | Entertainment
1,000 Dreams Fund

From making her first dress at 9 years old to getting kicked out of a strict Amish community and paving her way in the fashion industry, 'Breaking Amish' and 'Return to Amish' reality star Kate Stoltz has proven that she has a strong will to succeed.

Social Media's Ethics Quandary Probed in Qatar

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 11.02.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Ethics and how to keep offending content in check are a recurring issue Arab Gulf states take very seriously and that detractors say is an impingement on their personal freedom. There are ample examples of what turns off print and online content consumers.

'Harry Potter' Star Rupert Grint Is On His Way To TV

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 10.31.2015 | Entertainment

Weasley is our king! Weasley is our king! "Harry Potter" actor Rupert Grint is coming to NBC with a put-pilot order for a new one-hour drama, accordi...

Screen Time and the AAP: Wait Just a Minute

Gail Cornwall | Posted 10.16.2015 | Parents
Gail Cornwall

News that TVs and iPads are healthier for our infants and toddlers than previously thought would indeed be cause for celebration as a world of cheap, flexible babysitting opens. But it's a little premature to be ordering cake and filling balloons, for a few reasons.

Billion Word Bonanza

K. David Harrison | Posted 10.15.2015 | Arts
K. David Harrison

Movie subtitles can annoy--as visual clutter--when you don't need them, but they are a godsend for the deaf and anyone watching a foreign language film. Now a devoted group of 200,000 volunteer video subbers on have elevated the humble subtitle to an art form.

Key & Peele Are Creating A New Comedy With Vine Star King Bach

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 10.13.2015 | Black Voices

Comedians Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, known for their hilarious show on Comedy Central "Key & Peele," are reportedly working a&...

A Paranormal Investigation Yields Bizarre Experiences at the David Oman House

Annabel Osberg | Posted 10.12.2015 | Weird News
Annabel Osberg

Having witnessed phony paranormal activity contrived by means of practical effects at various Halloween haunt events over the past few weeks, I was thrilled to be invited to a real paranormal investigation at an actual haunted house.

ComicCon Returns to New York

Tom Falco | Posted 10.09.2015 | New York
Tom Falco

It's that time of year again in New York, if you see Batman or one of the Ninja Turtles or Walking Dead heading down the street, it's not early trick-or-treaters, it's the crowd headed to the Jacob Javits Center for New York ComicCon, the annual fall ritual around these parts.

12 Shows for Preschoolers That Won't Drive You Crazy

Common Sense Media | Posted 11.23.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Caillou. Thomas. Elmo. Dora. TV is full of characters kids love but who drive parents up the wall. These shows have their positive qualities, from teaching real educational concepts to making kids laugh like crazy.

It's Make it or Break it Time for the Fall TV Season

Advertising Week | Posted 10.05.2015 | Business
Advertising Week

By Bob Ivins, EVP, Cross Media Business Development at comScore September is here and with it comes fall foliage, back to school sales and the much a...

23 Black Actors Who Voiced Your Favorite Cartoon Characters

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 10.02.2015 | Black Voices

Many black stars have voiced our favorite animated characters and entertained us on both the small and big screens.  While these actors may not b...

10 Kids' Media Picks That Celebrate and Explore Latino Culture

Common Sense Media | Posted 11.24.2015 | Latino Voices
Common Sense Media

Interested in learning more about the Mayan empire? Or maybe the Aztecs? Want to increase your vocabulary in Spanish? Explore the language, culture and history of Latino people and places with these top-rated picks and programs for every age.

My Flight to the New World!

Anamika Ojha | Posted 10.01.2015 | Women
Anamika Ojha

Time flies like air and so have been the last five months of my life in this amazing and beautiful country called The United States of America. On April 6, 2015, when I reached Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai to board the flight to New York, I was very much scared about my new life... how it will turn out to be... ?

RIGHT NEXT DOOR: Jon Hayman, Television Comedy Writer

Ian Spanier | Posted 09.30.2015 | Los Angeles
Ian Spanier

A product of the standup stages of the 1980s, Jon Hayman became a TV writer once he realized, he says, that he'd never end up "hosting the Tonight s...

Hey Ding Dongs: Why Aren't You Watching 'Halt And Catch Fire'?

Steven Shehori | Posted 09.29.2015 | Entertainment
Steven Shehori

"Halt and Catch WHAT?" I hear you ask. Yeah, don't give me that. You may have never laid eyes on a single episode, but you know exactly what I'm talking about.

This Is Your Body On A Netflix Binge | Posted 09.29.2015 | Healthy Living

It's fall, and you know what that means: Time to dive back into all your favorite shows! Or, for many of us, mainlining what we missed this summer. Al...

'The Simpsons' Is Likely Ending After Season 30

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 09.29.2015 | Entertainment

D'oh. My. God. With 26 seasons under its belt and a groundbreaking 27th just starting, it seemed like "The Simpsons" would go on forever, b...

Media Ethics in Lebanon Lack Proper Implementation

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 09.25.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

There's no shortage of workshops on media ethics and concomitant codes of conduct in Lebanon, but how are those guidelines being implemented?

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXIII - Wheel of Fortune

Alan Black | Posted 09.25.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

MAC spins in for an early visit. He keeps count. 19 dead in 10 years in his shabby hotel. The latest, a blind man stepped into the elevator shaft on...

'CSI' Ends 15 Season Run With 2-Hour Finale

AP | Stephanie Marcus | Posted 09.24.2015 | Entertainment

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