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Lev Raphael

Is Jake Ballard Really Dead?

Lev Raphael | April 17, 2015 | TV
Last night Scandal fans saw one of Poppa Pope's assassins stab Jake Ballard in the gut a handful of times and leave him bleeding out on the floor of Olivia's empty office. The moment had deep irony, because Olivia's father is very good at fixing her up with bad boys; she's currently sleeping with the guy who killed Jake -- maybe.
Karen Fratti

The Americans Recap: Are They Going to Kill Martha?

Karen Fratti | April 17, 2015 | Entertainment
Granny's back. Stan is at Martha's. We are heading into a finale and the stakes are higher than ever before. Are we all having mini strokes every Wednesday?
Ahmad Khan

A Portrait of the Outlaw as a Storyteller: A Conversation With Walton Goggins

Ahmad Khan | April 16, 2015 | Entertainment
As the first chapter of his story comes to a close, and as humble as he may be, the hustle to finally be able to choose the material has come and the second act of his career is set to blossom.
Matt McGorry

To Anyone Who Thinks The Wage Gap Is A Myth

Matt McGorry | April 16, 2015 | Women
We need to create a society where girls and women are getting the same encouragement and support to build their careers as the boys and men are. From the start. That's just my #78cents.
Janice Kaplan

3 Reasons Don Draper Should Be Grateful

Janice Kaplan | April 15, 2015 | TV
Gratitude doesn't sap strength -- it makes a boss more powerful.
Melissa Schwartz

What Jon Stewart Taught Me About Advocacy

Melissa Schwartz | April 14, 2015 | Media
With access to more viewers than any press conference, Stewart has pushed his interview subjects -- then and now -- to not just bring their A game, but their A+ game. He does his homework, asks hard questions and often has a trick up his sleeve
William Bradley

Mad Men: Clearing the Decks for 'New Business'

William Bradley | April 14, 2015 | Entertainment
In a sense, the title of the latest episode of Mad Men, "New Business," is a misnomer. For most of it concerns old business. Yet dispensing with old business as good a way as any to get on with the new, and this episode clears the decks of much that remains from the past.
Tarja Parssinen

A Mom's Guide to 'Game of Thrones'

Tarja Parssinen | April 13, 2015 | Parents
"Game of Thrones" mirrors my own life in so many ways. I go to my bootcamp class ("Game of Moans"), then hit Starbucks ("Game of Scones") and make a quick stop at the bank ("Game of Loans"). I
Jim Hill

It Takes More Than Movie Magic to Pull Off 'Disney Night' on ABC's Dancing with the Stars

Jim Hill | April 13, 2015 | Entertainment
So how long does it take to add some Disney magic to Dancing with the Stars ? Would you believe 9 months?
Mallory Moss

Arya, Khaleesi and Tyrion: The Game of Thrones Effect on American Baby Naming

Mallory Moss | April 12, 2015 | Entertainment
It wasn't until Game of Thrones was aired on HBO that the names began to have an influence on American baby naming. In honor of the new season, presented below are the most surprising names to show up on the Social Security Administration's list of U.S. baby names.
Elizabeth Howley

The Crucial Message That's Missing From So Much Children's Media

Elizabeth Howley | April 10, 2015 | Women
The highest grossing animated movie of all time does something that other areas of pop culture find hard to do: it shows true consent.
Sam Lanevi

Can Jon Stewart Be Replaced?

Sam Lanevi | April 10, 2015 | TV
A fan favorite to replace Stewart was Jessica Williams, a 25-year-old who had amassed a following from her powerful segment on catcalling. In addition to in-house candidates, fans were hoping for comedians such as Tina Fey or Amy Poehler to take over for Stewart.
Tavis Smiley

My Conversation on the Legacy of the Civil War, 150 Years Later

Tavis Smiley | April 9, 2015 | TV
I'm joined by Daina Ramey Berry, Eric Walther, and Allyson Hobbs, three scholars of American history, to unpack the causes and consequences -- both immediate and enduring -- of the deadliest war in U.S. history. In the clip the panel reflects on the period of Reconstruction immediately following the war, and on the incompleteness of a landless emancipation.
Daniel Etcovitch

Lip Sync Battle and How the Internet Is Changing Television

Daniel Etcovitch | April 8, 2015 | TV
With Lip Sync Battle having just premiered on Spike, we have a key new data point in analyzing the morphing relationship between Internet video and television. The conversation has generally assumed television was the central medium, so it influenced everything else. For years, people have talked about how...
Ashley Jude Collie

Daenerys, Jon, Cersei, Tyrion, Jamie and the 'Game of Thrones' Cast of Thousands Are Back!

Ashley Jude Collie | April 9, 2015 | Entertainment
The eminently photogenic ladies of Game of Thrones are rocking magazine covers everywhere. The guys may seem a little lost in their dust, but they're doing their best to contribute to the massive publicity campaign that GoT engenders, too.
Karen Fratti

The Americans Recap: Off the Hook in 'Stingers'

Karen Fratti | April 7, 2015 | Entertainment
Forget Martha, it's all Paige now. All of that tension between Philip and Elizabeth was worthless, because Pastor Tim and Paige figured out something was wrong all by themselves. A few things about the writing that blew my mind.
Regina Weinreich

William F. Buckley vs. Gore Vidal: Television's Verbal Fisticuffs

Regina Weinreich | April 7, 2015 | Entertainment
In an age when a coinage such as "frenemies" has meaning, the operative word in the title of a new documentary, Best of Enemies, is the word "best." The film is about a particular historic event of verbal jousting between two very well-matched public intellectuals, the "best" practitioners of the English language of their time.
SaraKay Smullens

The Necessity of Letting Go, of Severance, in a Life Well Lived: Mad Men Returns With a Message

SaraKay Smullens | April 7, 2015 | Entertainment
The song of this episode, interwoven with skill and foreshadowing, is Peggy Lee's haunting, "Is That All There Is?" The underlying theme echoed is the necessity of endings -- of 'letting go,' of severance, in all lives lived well.
Paul N. Anderson

On Finding Jesus... and Divorcing Mary Magdalene

Paul N. Anderson | April 6, 2015 | Religion
The final episode focuses on Mary Magdalene. According to the Gospels, she was a faithful follower of Jesus, but might she have been more than that -- perhaps even a lover, or Jesus' wife? Inquiring minds want to know.
Tavis Smiley

Tavis Smiley: My Conversation With Dr. Darnell Hunt on Diversity in Hollywood

Tavis Smiley | April 3, 2015 | Entertainment
In this clip, Dr. Darnell Hunt, the director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA, explains why more people of color are needed in Hollywood's executive suites.
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