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'Coco' Filmmakers Explore The 'Connection To Loved Ones Past'
Co-writers and co-directors Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina spent six years creating their Oscar-nominated animated film about the Day of the Dead. Originally broadcast Jan. 10, 2018.
'Blue Planet II' Celebrates The Beauty Of Nature Across The Globe
Scientists and filmmakers capture images in unprecedented, truly breathtaking ways in the BBC nature documentary series. Critic David Bianculli calls Blue Planet II a "dazzling piece of television."
How A Russian Troll Factory Waged An Aggressive Campaign To Disrupt The U.S. Election
New York Times reporter Scott Shane discusses special counsel Robert Mueller's indictment of 13 Russians who allegedly participated in a complex social media operation to undermine the 2016 election.
Brandi Carlile Rejects Bitterness And Self Pity On 'By The Way, I Forgive You'
Carlile fills her new album with songs about forgiving the pain inflicted by lovers, parents and others. Critic Ken Tucker says the singer's music and message carry a "mighty strength."
Tense, Moody 'Golden Exits' Finds Drama In Everyday Gossip And Betrayal
Reviewer Justin Chang says "not much happens — and yet everything seems to be at stake" in Alex Ross Perry's film about six moderately unhappy Brooklynites and the visitor who interrupts their lives.
New Box Set Showcases The Reserved Style Of The Late Jazz Pianist Teddy Wilson
Wilson became famous in the 1930s, playing in Benny Goodman's small groups and recording his own combo sides with a young Billie Holiday. A new collection reveals what else Wilson was up to back then.
Actor Richard Jenkins: Reading 'Shape Of Water' Script Was A 'Holy Mackerel' Moment
Jenkins started out in theater and didn't get a movie role until he was in his 30s. Now 70, he's up for an Oscar for best supporting actor for his role in The Shape of Water.
Zadie Smith Ruminates On Brexit, Bieber And Much, Much More In 'Feel Free'
Smith's massive new essay collection covers a wide assortment of topics, but critic Maureen Corrigan says Feel Free is strongest when it focuses on art and identity.
Memoirist Retraces Her Journey From Survivalist Childhood To Cambridge Ph.D.
Growing up, Tara Westover had no birth certificate, never saw a doctor and didn't go to school. She writes about her awkward transition into the mainstream in Educated: A Memoir.
'Shape Of Water' Actor Explains Makeup, Body Language And Bathroom Breaks
Doug Jones has made a career out of playing strange, otherworldly creatures. "I find the heart and soul of a character before I find his elbows and his hands," he says.
It's A Beautiful 50th Birthday For 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood'
Fred Rogers debuted on national public television in 1968 and quickly became known for his deliberate manner of relating to children. "Every one of us longs to be in touch with honesty," he once said.
Fresh Air Weekend: Living With Incurable Stage-4 Cancer; Life As A Long Haul Trucker
Religion scholar Kate Bowler talks about battling incurable colon cancer. Critic Ken Tucker reviews the Black Panther soundtrack. Trucker Finn Murphy has logged more than a million miles on the road.
Remembering Cabaret Star Wesla Whitfield
Whitfield, who died Feb. 9, started in the San Francisco Opera in the 1970s before moving on to piano bars. She later performed regularly at New York's Algonquin Hotel. Originally broadcast in 1988.
How A Medically Induced Coma Led To Love, Marriage And The Oscar-Nominated 'Big Sick'
Comic Kumail Nanjiani didn't think of marrying then-girlfriend Emily V. Gordon until he saw her in a coma. The couple co-wrote a romantic comedy based on the story. Originally broadcast July 12, 2017.
Mythic 'Black Panther' Is A Momentous Event In Pop Culture History
As originally conceived in 1966, the Black Panther was an African king who fought crime in a high-tech panther suit. David Edelstein says Marvel's new film about the character was worth the wait.