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"What's died today in a London hospital? He was 80 he had played with the Stones for nearly 60 years here to talk about his life and legacy is another drummer and former music critic. NPR's Eric Deggans. Hey, Eric. Hi. Hey. So, what do we know about the circumstances of Charlie? Watch this stuff. Well, we don't know much. The band posted a statement saying that Watts, who had just turned 80 in June, died peacefully in a London hospital surrounded by family. Uh, no cause of death was given. Fans had begun No wonder about his health because earlier this month he had announced that he was not going to play a US tour with the Rolling Stones that had been Postponed by the pandemic. It was supposed to start next month. Um he was recovering from an undisclosed medical procedure. And I think this death is so shocking to rock fans because even though these guys are all in their seventies, you know what Watts was the oldest 80. He survived addiction and throat cancer. They never seem to slow down and it always seemed like they would always be around. Kind of does. Yeah. I mean, talk as a drummer about why For so many of a few drummers, Charlie Watch was like the drummer. His playing was so revered. Well, you know, his playing seems simple. Until you sit down at the drum kit and try to recreate it. I mean, he was a jazz player who started working with blues bands in the early 19 sixties. He played with Alexis Corners Blues incorporated By the time he joined the Rolling Stones in 1963, he had the style that was steady, powerful, simple but also kind of had a little bit of a swagger to it, and kind of a looseness to the groove that really epitomized the Roman Stone sound. For example, he often didn't hit the snare drum and the high hat at the same time when he was playing a backbeat, something that's kind of unusual. Gave his playing kind of this loping feel. Let's check out his playing on this hit sympathy for the devil, where he's grooving with a conga player and someone playing a shaker kind of instrument. Let's check it out. Allow me to introduce. Yeah. So you hear that caustic rhythm, where he's holding the stick across the snare drum that click on the drum Ram, and it feels like something a jazz player might do. But it's also a powerful rock groove, and he came up with these ingenious simple turns on songs like Hockey Talk Woman. And brown sugar and start me up as we heard so many good ones. What do you think His legacy will be as a as a musician? Well, stars like Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Public Enemy's Chuck D. They all paid tribute to Watts Online. Today, they pronounced him the backbone of one of rock's most enduring bands. I mean, there's basically a small group of drummers, including Ringo from the Beatles and Cremes Ginger Baker, who essentially invented rock and roll drumming, and Charlie Watts was one of them. He was the anchor grounding a band that was inventing the shape of classic rock and roll from the merging of blues and jazz that was happening in the 19 sixties, and he was the epitome of a drummer who wasn't flashing. He played for the song and made rock history conducted with the band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. Alright, we've been talking to NPR's Eric Deggans. About the death of Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts. You're listening to all things considered from NPR news. Demand for coal is surging this summer, and that's bad news for the climate. A big UN report earlier this month showed that while there is still time to avoid catastrophic warming this century, humans have to stop burning fossil fuels like coal as quickly as possible. Jeff Brady of NPR's climate team is here to talk more about this high, Jeff Hello. We typically hear about coal fired power plants shutting down so what's going on? Why is demand for coal increasing? Well as the country emerges from the coronavirus pandemic. We're all using more electricity this year, especially at workplaces. The Energy Information Administration projects, electricity sales will increase nearly 3% this year..
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"3 20 from NPR news. This is all things considered. I'm Ailsa Chang and I'm Mary Louise Kelly. After more than a month out of the state, some Texas Democrats have returned to Austin. They fled to Washington, D. C in July, You may recall to stall a restrictive voting bill that Texas Republicans want to pass. Now that they've returned. There's another huge job ahead for lawmakers drawing new district lines across the state that has grown more than any other over the last decade. Ashley Lopez of member station Kut in Austin reports. Redistricting is historically a messy, contentious and partisan process in Texas, and right now that's the baseline in the state before lawmakers even meet to draw new maps, including for two new congressional districts. Stephanie Swanson, with the League of Women Voters of Texas says things have been rocky since state Democrats fled to Washington, upsetting Republicans who currently control state government. It's just basically opened up chaos. It's basically opened up Pandora's box in Texas. The parties are at odds with one another, and it's going to be a bloodbath to be quite Frank. This feud has been going on for months. Lawmakers are currently in a second special session called by the governor in an ongoing effort to get a voting bill sent to his desk. Jose Garza is a civil rights attorney who has sued Texas lawmakers over redistricting. Since the 19 eighties in an effort to safeguard the voting power of racial minorities, Garcia says this year is already so different from past decades, and one of the big things he's worried about is how behind lawmakers are by now we would have had plans. That we would be analyzing. We would have plans that people had developed to compare against whatever came out of the legislative process. And we have none of that. In fact, we don't even know when lawmakers are supposed to meet to drop these plans. This is a concern because lawmakers have a lot of work cut out for them. During this redistricting cycle. Texas went through some significant changes in the past decade. Four million more people live in the state. Genevieve Van Cleave with the Democratic redistricting group called All on the Line says where that growth has happened doesn't help Republicans. Given what the census data has told us, which is Texas is getting more diverse and less rural. I think you know this scared Republicans, which is why we fully expect them to manipulate the maps and, in their words secure a decade of power through redistricting and not through voters. Texas has a long history of violating the Voting Rights Act when it comes To redistricting. In fact, since the civil rights era laws passage the state has violated it during every redistricting cycle. Civil rights attorney Jose Garza says he's seen both parties breakup communities of color in Texas, and he doesn't think this cycle will be any different. They're going to be slashing through minority communities in order to get this So called political advantage. They're going to be packing minority communities in order to gain this so called political advantage. Garza says His group is prepared to fight that in court, too, and this is just some of the possible lawsuits. Folks already see coming. Stephanie Swanson with the League of Women Voters, says the Legislature also might not have Legislative Council as they draw maps. Which is a group of people who can help lawmakers avoid breaking the law. That's because their jobs are in limbo right now, as this feud between the governor and the Legislature carries on And Swanson says on top of everything. There's an election filing deadline at the end of the year. That doesn't leave much time for the redistricting process to actually take place, which is very concerning to Lot of advocacy groups. You're on the ground in the state who would like to see a robust public input process Take place. This is why groups say even before redistricting in Texas has formally begun. But this will all likely end in court for NPR news. I'm Ashley Lopez in Austin. If this were jeopardy, we might start with an answer like this man quit one of the highest profile jobs and TV after about a week. The question who is Mike Richards? Mike Richards was the new host of the popular quiz show Jeopardy. But today he announced that he would step down, though for now, it seems he will remain as executive producer. All of this comes after reporting from the ringer, which revealed sexist and offensive comments that Richards had made while hosting a podcast years ago. In one exchange, he used to demeaning term for a co host, who once worked as a model at a trade convention. Beth got a job being a Was it a booth Ho? I don't think they used the word hope for that. Well, here to talk through the jeopardy controversy is NPR TV critic Eric Deggans. Hey, Eric. Hi. Alright. So Richards was just named the new host last week, which Was already a controversy in itself right because he was also the show's executive producer, and appeared to basically pick himself So why did he decide to step down now? Well, I think the core of this is the question of whether Richards has a problem with sexism. So when news first broke weeks ago that he was the leading candidate for this job, you know, reporters noted that when he was executive producer of the price is right. The show had some lawsuits from models who said that they were treated unfairly when they got pregnant. And the ringer story reveals several instances where Richards spoke on the podcast about women with this sort of casual sexism. That scene similar to some of the concerns raised in those lawsuits. Now when news of the lawsuits broke, Richard said the allegations don't reflect the reality of who he was. But that's a tougher case to make now. And in his memo to the staff today, Richard's acknowledged that moving forward as host might be too much of a distraction for the show. I mean, jeopardy, knew that they were replacing an icon and Alex Trebek so How did their selection process miss this? You think? Well, I think they underestimated how much the wider world especially people who don't regularly watch the show would scrutinize the choice that we're going to make. And they weren't that transparent about this selection process that might not have been as even hander is even handed as they tried to make it. Look, you know Jeopardy spent a lot of times showcasing all these guest hosts. And some of them look like candidates for the main job, including a public favorite Levar Burton. They even hired one of them my and biology to host prime time specials. So when the daily job went to the executive producer, this middle aged white guy with these controversies in his past It kind of looks like the fix was in from the beginning, And it also looks like the show's distributor, Sony Pictures Television hadn't really bother to vet a guy who was taking over one of the biggest and most venerated game show franchises on television. Now, Jeopardy. Jeopardy! Is trying to find a successor for Trebek, who had this reputation for being fair, humble down to earth and selecting a new host with all these ethical questions in the process that seemed kind of rushed and not that fair. That is not a good look. I mean, exactly, but how do you think the show moves forward? After something like this. I mean, can Mike Richards just go back to being the show's executive producer? Well, I'm gonna be honest, I'm a showbiz cynic, right? So I think Richard's might end up quietly exiting the show after the dust settles, But if he's too distracting as the host, it seems likely that he might have the same problem as executive producer. But he taped five episodes his house yesterday, which the show says they're going to air as scheduled, and Sony released a statement saying they weren't aware of this earlier podcast, and they've spoken to him about what they expect from him. Going forward now. In his note to staff, Richard said that the search for a guesthouse would resume and they would take new episodes with a roster guest host that they're going to unveil next week. Ultimately, this situation might be a good example of how in today's times if you've got a tangible record of sexism in your past, you can't just ignore it like nothing happened because people are going to hold you accountable. Indeed, that is NPR TV critic Eric Deggans. Thank you, Eric. Thank you. It's.
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"Colbert will record his show today in front of a live audience at the Ed Sullivan Theater. As we heard, it's the first time since March of 2020. Why is that so important for him? And for late night TV? Well, you know, I think Colbert is arguably the late night host who was most affected by not having an audience to perform for and he talked about it a lot during the months when he was doing his show without an audience, and he even called that show a late show instead of the late show to highlight how different it was for him. Um Colbert gets a lot of energy from the crowd's reaction, and he uses it for fuel his performances, and he also has a special place in TV as the late night host who helped us process some of the absurdities and scandals of the Trump Administration. And key to that role was here in the audience react to some of the jokes and the concepts that he was delivering every night. And so I think Colbert returns to the audiences at the Ed Sullivan. At a very different time. You know, Joe Biden's president, Trump doesn't dominate the headlines quite as much as he used to, and competition between the late night shows on CBS, NBC and ABC is starting to heat up again, so it'll be Interesting to see where this goes. So how exactly have some of the late night hosts been managing? You know, without audiences before now, what? And what are some of Colbert Valens competitors doing Well, it seems like every late night show here into the situation a little differently based on the whole style and their comfort levels so many of them including Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel in the ABC, Samantha Bee, Uh, TBS and Trevor Noah on comedy Central. They recorded their shows from their homes early in the pandemic shutdown, like using their family as camera people and grew and stuff like that. And after a while, Fallon Kimmel, Seth Meyers late night on NBC and James Corden's late late show. On CBS returned to their original studios and performed in front of an audience that was mostly their own staff. Colbert actually had a set built that was a replica of his office at the Ed Sullivan Theater, and he did his shows from there with his wife, Evelyn, or even as he calls her as his main audience, and some hosts like Trevor Noah, Seth Meyers and Jimmy Kimmel seemed to do pretty well, regardless of whether they had an audience and I don't sense a lot of pressure for those shows to bring Brad crowds anytime soon, But Colbert and Fallon are now going to be performing in front of fully vaccinated audiences getting back to the way that things were before the coronavirus upended. So much of the TV industry and the world and Eric We're always looking for silver linings with all of this. Is there anything good that might come from this for these shows anything new we might see going forward. Well, I think some shows like Seth Meyers late night, and Trevor knows Daily show Well, he calls it the daily social distancing show. They found new ways to tell jokes and develop a new relationship with a camera without an audience. Now Trevor Noah uses on screen graphics and editing to build jokes in a different way. It's been really fascinating to watch that and I'm really interested to see how these guys incorporate that into working with the live audience. Yeah, Colbert is gonna be the last of the late The night shows to come back with his band in the studio. Can't wait to see that energy and he's gonna welcome two of his old bosses. Tonight, former Daily show host Jon Stewart and Dana Carbon going to stop you there. Eric That's NPR TV critic Eric Deggans. Thanks Thank you. This is NPR news..
3 Documentaries You Should Watch About the Tulsa Race Massacre
"Marks the 1/100 anniversary of the beginning of the Tulsa Race massacre, one of this country's worst recorded incidents of racial violence. Starting on May 31st 1921 and armed white mob aided by complicity or complacent officials killed as many as 300 men, women and Children in the area known as Black Wall Street. Burning it to the ground. Numerous events are taking place this long weekend to mark the centennial, although disputes rose when particularly high profile event was canceled, reportedly in a disagreement over compensation for three elderly survivors who were supposed to take part. But other events are proceeding and there are lots of opportunities to learn more about this traumatic but consequential moment, including numerous TV projects. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans has picked three documentaries, which he says you should not miss. For a long time. The Tosa race massacre was the attack America forgot and obliterated Tulsa, Oklahoma's prosperous black own Greenwood district, also known as Black Wall Street. The riots by white moms was hushed up by local officials and overlooked in history books. But that is changing as several TV outlets mark the centennial with documentaries on the massacre and its aftermath. It's an effort educate Americans on a horrendous attack, which burned down over 1200 homes and killed between 103 100 people. Among the best and most cinematic of these efforts is the history Channel film Tulsa Burning the 1921 Race Massacre Co directed by Emmy winner Stanley Nelson and executive produced by MBA star Russell Westbrook. This film opens with Reverend Robert Turner, pastor of Historic Burn in a M E Church who regularly visits Tulsa City Hall with a Bible in a bullhorn, reminding residents of the atrocity You are standing in a crime scene referred Turner Pastors. The church where black people hit in a basement tow avoid white moms 100 years ago. He now supports efforts to excavate a local cemetery where victims of the massacre rumored to have been dumped in unmarked graves in passing the
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"President Biden's chief medical advisor, Dr Anthony Fauci, delivered the commencement address to graduates of Yale University's School of Public Health yesterday. Frankie Graziano with Connecticut public radio reports on the advice given by the nation's top infectious disease expert amid the ongoing Corona virus pandemic. How she made several recommendations to the budding public health officials telling them to seize opportunities to make a difference when the unexpected arrives and to never downplayed diseases, ability to become a pandemic if the situation is static and does not change. And stick with the data at hand. The situation is evolving before your eyes. Stick to the science and go with the data as it evolves for NPR News. I'm Frankie Graciano and Glass and very Connecticut. The European Union is urging ye you based airlines to stop flying in the airports in Belarus. NPR's Eleanor Beardsley says This follows the forced landing of a Ryanair jet in Minsk. The arrest of a journalist on board except I see you have it a scandal. International head of the European Council, called Belarus is actions and international scandal that endangered the lives of EU citizens. The former Soviet republic forced a Ryanair flight from Athens to Vilnius to divert Sunday in order to arrest 26 year old blogger Roman protest Savage Who helped spearhead opposition to Belarussian authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko. Bela Russian state media have aired a video of protest savage confessing to inciting civil unrest and saying he's cooperating with investigators. Belarus is exiled opposition leaders Svetlana to kind of sky a tweeted that she believed protest. Savage was under physical and moral pressure. Eleanor Beardsley. NPR NEWS PARIS This is NPR news from Washington. Authorities in the van to say a plane that crashed in a residential area of Las Vegas yesterday had taken off from Nellis Air Force Base and was being operated by a U. S military contractor. The pilot of the plane was killed. It went down about seven miles northeast of the downtown, A former gynecologist at U. C L. A has been indicted on 21 counts of sexual abuse, including sexual battery by fraud. After James Heaps is accused of assaulting seven women while he worked at the school, according to the Los Angeles Times, the University of California system has acknowledged staff members received complaints about heaps dating back to the 19 nineties. Indictment against Heaps was unsealed yesterday. Late night TV is making plans to bring back studio on audiences when they're fully vaccinated. NPR's Eric Deggans says the late show with Stephen Colbert and the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon plan to do so in mid June. When actress Anya Taylor Joy hosted NBC's Saturday Night Live a few days ago, she dropped an interesting fact. Even more special because it's the first time this year we have a completely full audience, really. Then a CBS is Stephen Colbert has become the first late night TV talk show host to announce a date when his audience will return June 14th at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York to get in, attendees must show proof they're fully vaccinated. Back on NBC. Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show will also welcome back a fully vaccinated audience and early June. Major late night TV talk shows Stop taping before big audiences last year due to the pandemic. Eric Deggans NPR NEWS I'm Dave Mattingly. NPR News in Washington. Support for NPR comes from NPR stations. Other contributors include the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Our private corporation funded by the American people. And the Arlen Pamela Mon, thanking the people who make public radio great every day and also those who listen. This is w N Y C Good morning. I'm Lance. Lucky with a look at our forecast for this Tuesday about 58 degrees early this morning, and it'll be partly sunny today. 74 the high About 65 tonight. Sun and clouds and hot.
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"But the film talks about how for her talking about those times brings on PTSD in a way, and it's very difficult for her to talk about the abuses she suffered at the hands of my Turner and and we get these clips. You know, we're starting to see these clips and documentaries quite often, where journalists Are being sort of blithely abusive and not understanding how invasive their questions are. And so we get these clips of journalists just sort of casually asking her to rip open her scars, psychic scars and talk about how I turned her abused her and on. Do you realize how difficult it was for her to talk about that stuff, and it's all kind of making the case said. You know, she presents helps with this documentary. That that tells her life story one more time. You know big names like Oprah and Angel Ambassador interviewed in it, And this is this is it. I'm giving you this. I'm telling you this and I'm not gonna talk about anymore, so we'll see if that's what happens in the future, but but it's It's really interesting because she has participated in a lot of projects about her life. So it is kind of a weird paradox where you know she was involved with the film. What's love got to do with it. She's saying the vocals on all the songs. She wasn't She wrote a biography I Tina, which she recounted all this stuff. She was involved with the bottom of the Broadway musical and it's supported. It went to the opening. So so she has participated in this stuff. But she also says that it's very difficult for her to talk about. Was particularly struck by the footage. The performance footage of their off the film, which was just incredible, incredible to see across the course of her career. I found it interesting. It seemed Eric Well, she says in the film that You know, she started telling that story because she felt like if she if she told it, then she could stop telling it, But that's just not how it played out. And when I heard that I thought to myself Okay. She might have thought that, but the people around her had to know that the opposite would happen. I mean, there's doers. There was no way that she was not going to have to talk about. I mean, she does interview with People magazine at a time when not that many people are openly talking about, you know, being abused as espouses. And and and it's a huge thing, of course, because up until that point, she and I could try to pretend like their divorce was somewhat amicable and plant and she comes out and says, You know, he abused me and I was scared of him. And, you know, it was really difficult to leave him. Of course, that's a huge story. And of course, every time you do a press junket, people going to ask you about it s O s O. So she may have thought that the people around her. There's no way they could have thought that And then you get the fact that That story is so inspiring to people and there were so many people who needed to hear a story about someone who is being abused who got away from it and then became successful after it and more successful, I mean, she became a much bigger star than she ever was with Ike Turner. And And so, of course, that story became so inspirational to people that they wanted to hear it again and again, and they wanted to thank her for telling that story, but It reported her revisiting a subject that was very difficult for her to talk about. I'm Jenn White. You're listening to one, eh? We're talking to Eric Deggans, NPR TV critic and John Horn, the host of KPC PCs, the frame. We also want to hear from you. What are you watching or listening to? You can comment on our Facebook page tweet us at one A. Or send us an email at one A at W. A. M u dot org's I want to get to another documentary about A famous singer. But John First there's a documentary that really stood out to you this month. It's called the truffle hunters. What is it about? Why did you enjoy it so much? This is one of my favorite movies of the year. And unlike what Chris Smith, the director of varsity blues, dozen reenacting, this is observational. It's about these very older, very old guys who were in the Piedmont region of Italy looking for truffles. And if you want a movie that takes you away from anything to worry about. This is the film. These are people who are passionate about what they do there clinging on to kind of an older way of mean truffles cannot be farm, so they have to be found there clinging onto this, they you know they have to use their dogs to find them. The dogs can't scrape the truffles because that hurts their value. It's so competitive that some other people poison set up poison traps of the dogs die from strict nine But it that's the only kind of dark part of it. It's really a celebration of people who have this tradition of I mean for truffles and fascinating fact about this, and I don't know where you fall. I think only about a quarter of all people can actually smell truffles, 35% or so can't smell them at all. And the remaining 40% think trouble smell like rotten wood, sweat and urine. Unfortunately, I'm in the 25% that actually love how truffles smell and love to taste them, But It's a great film. I highly recommend it and it's just something that you dissolve. You disappear into a world that you really didn't know existed. But I have to have just have Tonto agree with John just tremendously about this film. And it's also to me like an example of what we're seeing in documentaries where the pictures are so beautiful and the filmmakers are really working hard to create images that look as as sharp and clear and beautiful as you would In a scripted film, and that's something that we've seen in truffle hunters and a film called Linda. You know, like they were there really working hard to make sure that the visuals look impressive, and I love that as well as the depiction of this way of life that you can tell it's kind of passing away, but it's so interesting and unique. Well, I want to make sure we talk about another Syriza's his genius Aretha, and it's a miniseries about the life of Aretha Franklin. Eric first. What does your family think of those Syriza's? Well, her her son, her youngest son has come out and criticized it, saying that the family was not consulted. Although there's some dispute about that, because the producers were engaging with the person who was representing the estate was like the cousin of Aretha Franklin's, but then that person resigned that position and so it's kind of unclear how much they talked to the estate and whether they had the estates sort of full endorsement or not. It seems like much of what they presented in this miniseries is already kind of public knowledge, A particularly the fact that she got pregnant in a very early age. Get pregnant at 12 resolved. She had her father was a was a prominent minister and used to go on these tours of churches preaching, but he was also renowned for being a womanizer and partying. And so he would part of that night. She kind of be Um, you know, unsupervised and, um, s o the story sort of leap from rocks back and forth between the temporary Aretha trying to find her voice before she creates all these great soul songs. She is no more the gospel singer and she's done some jazz and standards. She's not quite sure where she wants to go forward. And then, of course, she starts to to produce these amazing soul tunes like Change The channel Fools. On Ben, and it goes back in time to when she was a child and trying to find her voice as a singer period and appearing with her father at these Thies church services and gospel. Concerts and learning how to sing in front of people. It performances of the actual stars are good. The film itself, The miniseries itself is kind of predictable. That's Eric Deggans. He's a TV critic at NPR. Also with us today. John Horn, host of KPC sees the frame Eric John. Thanks for speaking with us. Up. Next we'll take a trip South and talk about a controversial music video. We're also hearing from you old man's cave tweeted. Please recommend kid cosmic on Netflix is a wonderful animated family adventure. Syriza by the creator of Power Puff girls. It's so joyful and filled with great energy. Consider that recommended. I'm Jenn White. Well, you're more from you and our guests in a moment. On the next fresh air how giant tech firms led by Amazon are warping the economy and increasing inequality among population centers. Propublica reporter Alec MacGillis says some cities.
'Coming 2 America' Goes Heavy On Nostalgia
"Too heavily on nostalgia. Unless you're a huge fan of Eddie Murphy's classic 1988 film coming to America, and lots of people are there's not going to be a lot for you, and it's less than inspired sequel Coming to America. We celebrated her 30 years absolute and prosperity. 30 Years of service. Well, great nation on 30 Years off Delicious fast food. The new film begins with Murphy's Prince Akeem Joe Fair, opening a fast food restaurant called McDowell's in the African Country of Amanda Devote ease of the first movie. No. This chain is owned by Akin's American father in law, played by John Amos, who denies his business is in any way a rip off of another well known burger joint. They've got egg mcmuffins way that a mixed up in this way are also celebrating my new beyond big mix burger, So there's no meat. There's no meat. Maybe we're getting much better with Pepsi Call Max here are subtle as a sledgehammer. This scene mostly gives us an excuse to see Amos and Louie Anderson, who also appeared in the first film, The Story of the original movie was a black centered fairytale. Murphy's a keen came to America, Queens, New York, of course, tow avoid an arranged marriage and find true love in the new movie. After the death of his father, King Akeem discovered he fathered a son unknowingly in America. Teams return to Queens brings one of the Sequels funniest moments when he revisits a local barber shop where movie magic allows Murphy and costar Arsenio Hall to play multiple parts. Just like in the first film can't be both famine and blood. Damn, Nelson Mandela and Winnie just discovered that I may have a bastard son here in this land conceived during my last visit. How much data supports you getting from the King pays no child support. No time for 30 years and you came back. You're the damn it. Comic Jermaine Fowler plays the sun. Lovell Johnson, who brings King a came home to meet his mother marry played by Saturday night Live alum Leslie Jones. My African I told you he was gonna come back. So you know this man. I definitely know this man. I know this man all the way live much as I love Leslie Jones, she and levels. Other American relatives, including Tracy Morgan, as his uncle Come off is uncomfortable stereotypes as King Akeem introduces his son to the moonda and pressures him into an arranged marriage. Comedy gets clunkier and more predictable, like a Mel Brooks style parody of the Black Panther of The Lion King and the first coming to America. Ultimately, this coming to America is mostly an excuse to bask in the glow of characters who's shown so much brighter and distinctively. 33 years ago. I'm Eric Deggans. The Los Angeles Philharmonic is launching a new season of streaming concerts today called
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"Natural supplements like elderberry sprouts, fizzy vitamin C packets and medicinal mushrooms. Orders for pickup or delivery. It sprouts. Com sprouts were goodness grows. Gonna be sunny and breezy today highs mostly in the seventies. Right now in Santa Monica. It's 55 47 Galina. Support for NPR comes from Procter and Gamble, maker of Align Probiotic, a daily supplement to support digestive health containing a probiotic strain developed by gastroenterologists with 20 years of research more the line probiotics dot com And from C three c three dot Ai software enables organizations to use artificial intelligence that enterprise scale solving previously unsolvable business problems. Learn Maurizi three dot ai It's 6 46. It's morning edition from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep, and I'm no well, King. Good morning. Marvel has a new series of shows for Disney. Plus new actually is kind of a stretch. It is remixing and reimagining classic sitcoms. Here's NPR TV critic Eric Deggans. As one division opens superheroes Wanda maximum and vision or in a place you've never seen them before. A 1960 style black and white sitcom with their own backstory, providing theme song. Well, just move downtown. Okay. Give little husband and wife one vision. Turns out these two kooky newlyweds are living in a suburban home that looks identical to the set from the Dick Van Dyke Show. But Wanda, played by Elizabeth Olsen is still in which you could transform matter with a gesture. And vision played.
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"More information is available at Sy Syms Foundation got or G'kar and by the listeners of KQED. It's morning edition from NPR News. I'm Noel King and I'm David Greene. The new season of Netflix is drama about England's royal family. The Crown drops today, innit Gillian Anderson plays Margaret Thatcher and Emma Corrine is Princess Diana. Here's NPR TV critic Eric Deggans. Is the crown's outstanding fourth season begins. It is 1979 and Margaret Thatcher is taking powers, the first female prime minister in British history at first Queen Elizabeth played with Chantilly. It's reserved by a Livia Coleman sees a potential ally and another powerful woman defending her to Tobias Menzies, Prince Philip. As they watch that you're on TV. That's the last thing this country needs. What two women running the shop next prime Minister. Perhaps that's precisely what this country needs. But then they have the first of many regular meetings to discuss government business. And the queen discovers Thatcher isn't exactly jumping on the train a sisterhood when she asked who will be in her Cabinet? I'm assuming no women. Women in Cabinet, though certainly not well, no, just because there aren't any suitable candidates. But I'll felt women in general tend not to be suited to high office. Why's that? Well, they become too emotional. I doubt we'll have that trouble with me. That's an excellent bit of foreshadowing because viewers will find the Queen's inability to express emotion and the tremendous impact it has on her family is one of the key storylines in this season of the crowd. In fact, the season features two overarching, exquisitely told tales, Thatcher's rise and fall and the start of Prince Charles is marriage to Diana Spencer, the woman the world would come to know as Lady Diana. The marriage story with flex Worst on Prince Charles, who was browbeaten into proposing to Diana despite being in love with the married Camilla Parker Bowles. In particular, Charles is swayed by a note written by his great Uncle Lord Mountbatten. Just before his death here, Mountbatten, this played by Charles Dance, My dear Charles. There exists no greater compliment to be called a prince among them and use it. Virtues too rich. You must reach and rise on a grieves me to say that you're not working hard enough to reach on to rise, But Charles can't find the fortitude to commit fully to his new fiance. At least Diana alone to learn all the customs and etiquette expected of her exacerbating her eating disorder. Charles communicates his ambivalence when a TV reporter tries to get the painfully awkward couple to express their love and if I may say You post a very much in love. Oh, yes. Absolutely whatever in love means. As this story unfolds, the entire royal family looks awful, too out of touch to realize what a terrible situation is brewing and all along the viewer knows the horrific ending that's coming. Critics say the crown is a glossy advertisement propping up the English monarchy. But what this serious really does is humanize the royal family were given grounded, understandable Backstories for all their biggest failures and scandals and ways that don't excuse unforgivable behavior as much as explore and explain it. Those who hate Thatcher's conservative policies may have a problem with how sensitively her dismissal from British politics is depicted here. And some may wonder if the queen's emotional cluelessness was as innocent as Coleman makes it seen. But this season packed with great performances that sharp storytelling is the serious best effort yet and revealing the tortured soul of one of the most unique families of the modern era. Um, Eric Deggans. And if you like the crown, you should definitely listen to weekend edition Tomorrow morning, Scott Simon will be talking with Josh O'Connor, who plays Prince Charles. And this is morning edition from NPR News. I'm David Greene and I'm Noel King. Coming up. Next. It's the California report, the state reaches a grim milestone in the Corona virus pandemic. Saul Gonzalez, the host this morning. The California report just a couple of minutes away right now, Joe McConnell is here with traffic.
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"A very long time. How long About 50 years, So it's not a piece of clothing. Yes, you could go to days or weeks without touching the precise spot. But as soon as you do You've seen the effects in terms of protecting citizens. This's about his body's against. So what's interesting about this is that there's a lot of parallels between what we're going through now with the virus and their efforts. Tio not only figure out where this substance is and how these people contracted it, but also tried to keep anyone else from coming into contact with it. And of course, you know the virus is much less lethal than this substance. But they had to do ah, lot of the same things in terms of isolating people and quarantining them and sort of. Miraculously, Only one person died and it wasn't the people that were targeted. Eric before we let you go. I want to talk about show coming up in a few weeks. David Byrnes American Utopia on HBO. David Byrne was the front man of the talking heads. This is show that hit Broadway before the pandemic in it. He sing songs from the band, too, and he has new music. There is well, this is a film version that was directed by Spike Lee. Do you think It works as a TV special? Oh, yeah, It's a really specific sort of stage experience, he decided. To present a concert where everything other than the people in their instruments was off the stage, so they use wireless technology so that the keyboard player can carry his keyboard. The guitar players don't have any chords. Everyone has wireless mikes on their heads. And they all have choreography that is coordinating every moment on stage. And then towards the end, he does a version of Jenelle. Monet is hell you talking about? And they call out the names of black people who have been killed. Let's listen to a little bit of garner Garner Garner. I have to say, you know, as a black man, and as somebody who's written a lot about these issues, you know, really felt myself getting emotional during that part in the in the show, and I think they just did an amazing job. Spike has done an amazing job directing this. And they even managed to add the names of some people who died after they filmed this concert, including George Floridian, Briana Taylor. That again is David Byrnes. American Utopia on HBO. Thank you very much. NPR's TV critic Eric Deggans. Thanks a lot. Thank.
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"History. Governor Gavin Newsom says about 23,000 people remain evacuated. This is NPR. Nearly 200,000. People in the US have perished of Cove in 19, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. More than 6.8 million people have been infected with the Corona virus. The US leads the world in infections and deaths from the disease with nearly a quarter of the world's diagnosed cases. Comedian and TV host, Ellen Degenerate, has apologized on her daytime talk show. Addressing allegations that her staff endured a toxic workplace. NPR's Eric Deggans reports. Her monologue was also crafted to assure fans. She's not a phony. In her fall season premiere that generous told viewers she was taking responsibility and starting a new chapter. But her monologue also focused on rebutting allegations she failed to live up to her own shows mantra to be kind. Being known as the be kind. Lady is a tricky position to be in. Let me give you some advice out there. If anybody is thinking of changing their title or giving yourself a nickname, do not go with the be kind lady. The generous didn't go into detail regarding the allegations that some staffers have been subjected to sexual harassment, intimidation and racism. She also didn't mention three top producers have been fired, noting on Ly that quote necessary changes were made. Generous, did not specify how her show would run differently for her 270 staffers. Eric Deggans, NPR news officials in Australia continued to try to rescue a pot of about 270 pilot whales that is stranded on a beach in Tasmania. About 90 whales have died. Rescuers have been able to return about 25 others to the ocean. This is NPR. Support for NPR comes from NPR stations. Other contributors include T Mobile for Business committee.
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"The host Jimmy Kimmel, sits at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. But even though the ceremony is going to be different, what also matters is who will win and who should win TV's ultimate honor. And that is why NPR's TV critic Eric Deggans created the Digi Awards to highlight some of the areas where the Emmy Academy might miss the mark. And he is here to announce his own picks for us this morning. Hi there. Hello, I guess before we talk Gigi's we should take it just a second to speak about the M A cast on a B C. I mean, what are you expecting? Well, I wasn't a zoom call with the producers earlier this week, and they basically said, Expect things to go wrong. They have so many moving parts of this show nominees and winners. Gonna be speaking from remote locations. Some people are going to be in groups that their quarantine with other people are going to be at home. And the producers of the show have vowed to do as much live as they can and experiment a little bit, so it's going to be a little bit of a high wire act. Well, we'll see how they pull it off. Well, let's go to your awards and see how you pull it off. Let's now go to the day G's. I'm going to be your Jimmy Kimmel and host There we go. All right. So the first category Eric best TV drama. That's right, and the nominees include some really amazing shows like the Crown and Ozarka, Netflix and Disney Pluses. The man DeLorean, But my dad he goes to AM sees better Call Saul and Little America on Apple TV. Plus, wait a minute. That's two winners. See, the best thing about the.
'Woke' draws humor from a Black cartoonist's political awakening
"Is a new comedy on Hu Lu, about a black cartoonist who's about to launch a new A political comic when he's harassed by the San Francisco police. The show about his journey from complacency. Toe activism is out today and here's NPR's TV critic Eric Deggans with a review. As woke, begins. Cartoonists Keith Night spelled K E F is on the verge of the biggest success of his career. His cartoon toast and butter is so popular fans on the bus in San Francisco recognized I Love Toaster, but to make it So you keep night. I am funny. I didn't think people Happens all the time. And he's about to finalize a national syndication deal put together by a powerful agency to reach a mainstream audience. But there's a problem with the promotional materials. You guys lighten my photo that looked like Sammy Sosa. I might go back to my own comic strip O trust me. No one's gonna ever accuse you of being too black. Okay? I'm sorry. What? What? It's what we like. About two year Your crossover index is in the 95th percentile here being made to be champion. The data. I don't see color as you can hear. Keith Night played with an authentic, charismatic comic timing by Lemorin Morris has a well practiced ability to shrug off Microaggressions. He explains his attitude and a conversation with a different fan played by Sasheer Isa made last year, But I'm not controversial. You're black cartoonist here controversial just by existing. Why is it that as people of color always having to stand for something Just the cartoonist because the world's racist place and that's why I keep it light. But when San Francisco cops mistake him for a mugger, draw guns on him and handcuffed suspects, trauma leads him to see inanimate objects as animated living things, encouraging him to be well. Woke right talking trash key, and that ain't even close to No one. But you know, we're not even this's case. This is all wrong. This is how woke adds new layers of funny to a situation that easily could have been predictable and pedantic, especially when comics like Cedric the entertainer and the Cold Buyer are voicing the objects. This is a pitch perfect comedy released at just the right time, encouraging us to laugh at all of the absurdity surrounding today's racial and social politics, while also reminding us of why staying woke is ultimately so important.
Entertainment Companies Express Solidarity With Black Lives Matter
"Log into your Netflix account and you will see a new category this week the black lives matter collection Amazon prime and HBO are also featuring black TV and film making at the same time HBO Max has pulled from its library the classic film gone with the wind until it can give audiences context on the movie on how it romanticizes slavery in the south during the civil war now all these entertainment companies and plenty more have expressed solidarity with black lives matter and they're highlighting a lot of good shows also some not so good shows for some guidance I want to bring in NPR's pop culture critic Linda Holmes Highlander hi and our TV critic Eric deggans Herrick Hey let's start with one movie that had shot to a lot of people's viewing here is it just the help from twenty eleven and then came this huge backlash Linda I'm gonna throw this to you first because I know you just wrote a column about the movie and and some of the problematic elements that prompted this backlash yeah the help is a film about black maids in Mississippi in nineteen sixty three but it sees their story very much through the eyes and the experiences of a young white woman played by Emma stone who decides to write a book about them and it's very much about her as the person who saves them and help them out that's a classic Hollywood trope of the white savior and you know file a Davis who plays able in one of the maids has talked about this herself and said she regrets doing the film because of that focus on the white character rather than on the maids huh to the point about problematic elements of of some of the show's Erica each item will be honest and say I grew up watching and loving gone with the wind I imagine there are a lot of people out there thinking of a TV show or film that they have loved and thinking there's actually some pretty problematic characters and storylines and there it is a critic how do you think about this one of the things I always recommend is paying attention to how characters of color are treated by the story line are they fully realized characters with their own goals with their own values or are they constantly sacrificing themselves in order to aid a white protagonist I think that Linda makes a great point in her column where she talks about how the black maids and they help are constantly risking their jobs and their lives to help this white protagonists who just wants to like write a book about them and and and the question is always you know what are black characters are characters of color are doing for themselves do they seem like a collection of stereotypes or do they seem like authentic people who may have flaws are they like there to move the story along what do they really have agency and finally with gone with the wind you know what idolizes the antebellum south and it idolizes the south that was enslaving black people you know what what is the story ultimately saying is good and what is it saying that's negative and does that really line up with your values as if you were you have to constantly ask yourself these things Linda to Eric's point about that we should be aware as we watch black characters on screen are they authentic characters are they fully realized characters what are some things you would recommend viewers look for well I what I want to say first that I think if you're a white person like I am who who is trying to kind of do better and understand better what you watch is always going to be just a compliment to whatever real work you're doing watching a movie is not enough of course and that's why in a lot of ways what I recommend to people and I hope people do it's just change persistently consistently durably change the mix of creative voices that you are listening to and that you are giving your eyeballs too and not only when they are specifically addressing race so you know watch makayla Cole's new HBO show which is called I may destroy you if you're looking for something that's new if you want to go a little older and a little more mellow one of my favorite romances as the two thousand found love in basketball it matters a lot just what you're putting into your own eyes as far as representations of people I think it can be really hard to undo repeated exposures to something with conscious explanations of it I I I would push back against one element of that and say that I do think that one reason why people may have felt more comfortable voting for a black man to be president is because we saw a black man as president on both the hit TV show twenty four and the popular movie deep impact and so I do think that what we allow characters of color to do in film and TV shows expands our idea of what we may accept people of color doing in real life Linda give us a recommendation or to Eric did you want to weigh in here what what would do you recommend that people watch if we are trying to
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"Streaming service HBO Max NPR TV critic Eric deggans says the film which nearly didn't see public release makes a compelling case a warning this story will feature detailed discussion of sexual harassment and assault drew Dixon was an up and coming record executive in the nineties and pioneering hip hop label def jam recordings when she says the company's co founder Russell Simmons began sexually harassing her in the office trying to kiss her and exposing himself I thought that he was like this tragic eighty eighty happy dog that I just re training later she says Simmons lured her to his apartment and raped her after which she took a shower with her clothes on and tried to process what happened nothing about me mattered nothing about anything that makes me who I am mattered I was some physical thing that he utilized for his pleasure Dixon story including allegations she was arrested another job by former Arysta records chief executive LA Reid forms the spine of on the record the film features allegations against Simmons from eight women and says a total of twenty have accused him of misconduct or saw Simmons denies forcing sex on anyone read who left as chairman of Epic Records in twenty seventeen after a sexual harassment claim give the movie a written statement calling Dixon's allegations quote a complete misrepresentation and fabrication both men declined to be interviewed on the record does a good job showing how black women have felt caught in the middle under recognized by the me too movement and criticized by other black people for tearing down black men Toronto Burke the black woman who coined the term me too explains black women's need and really duty to we fail to protect black man is definitely ahead of us to protect ourselves this is added later in the black community and we have to contend with of like are you going to put this before with the race right you're gonna put this because this you let this thing happen to you now we have to pay for it as a race and and then we have silenced even more other black female cultural critics including still life Abrams a former executive assistant at def jam speak eloquently on how rap became more misogynist with the rise of gangsta rap in the eighties and nineties later Abram says she was sexually assaulted by Simmons she describes the feelings was letter to a suicide attempt after the attack it'll range just range over what he had done you're a chew toy for men of power this is your life on the record was supposed to debut on apple TV plus but media star Oprah Winfrey who was an executive producer removed her name from the film in January telling The New York Times she felt that there were inconsistencies in Dixon story and other problems Simmons and rap star fifty cent had pressured her publicly to step away citing some of the same arguments about tearing down black man at the film criticizes for silencing black women I wish Winfrey had been more specific with her misgivings it would be troubling to learn there are inconsistencies the film doesn't explore what other criticisms that it gives short shrift other assault allegations or doesn't explore the context of misogyny in hip hop don't really hold water instead on the record makes a powerful case but left unanswered is the question for all of us once the silence is broken what comes next Americans this is NPR.
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"Listeners of KQED good morning the time now seven forty five it's morning edition from NPR news I'm no well king and I'm Steve Inskeep the Grammy nominated singer Janelle mon day as our first TV series lead role it's in the new season of Amazon prime video's drama homecoming NPR TV critic Eric deggans is up next he says Monet's episodes which debuted today or entertaining just not quite as groundbreaking as the show's first season okay this may sound like a cliche but nothing is truly as it first seems in the early episodes of home coming second season it starts with monies character waking up no memory of who she is eventually struggling to explain herself to an emergency room doctor is your address home I don't know okay about your birthday what's your birthday I don't know do you mind taking off your telephone list your breathing but when he sees signs of an injection in our arm things go south our United drug user now you're from meds is that it no wait right here please she doesn't wait right there instead she enlists help from a cranky bystander who actually was trying to get drugs under false pretenses to figure out who she really is I woke up in a boat if I did something wrong I have no idea what it is Hey Funches I'm not using it okay many things that end up in the boat that's what I just said I don't know okay got home coming second season is a puzzle box were events viewers discover midway through the season completely change the story revealing the characters you thought you knew are actually very different people here's all you need to know about homecomings first season to understand the new episodes the story centers on the guys group the same company which operated a facility and homecomings debut season Julia Roberts played a therapist who had a very specific job the facility house eighteen soldiers at a time we use their medical records to find the man who had basic PTSD markers we deliver the medication to see if the memories were deleted that's right they were dosing veterans with a mystery drugs which remove memories including those causing post traumatic stress disorder this season Chris Cooper plays the head of guys who didn't know about this homecoming program he calls for answers from the executive who ran at a smooth talking corporate weasel played by Bobby Cannavale facts could be easily twist your dose and these guys are lying to them about what the protocol we outlined was based on topical use but when you weren't getting results you insisted that it be ingested but they were drinking it actually helps you answer me no technically they were eating it what happened to hi the men homecoming story centers on how big business and big government use this memory altering drug to exploit average people Stefan James returns a veteran whose quest to recover his memories threatens the guy screwed and money does a great job in a role where she's often not speaking at all chasing clues and scenes case like classic Alfred Hitchcock thrillers like vertigo and rear window it's a sure bet her character's memory issues are tied to guys the details at up to one of the trickiest plot twists on TV home coming second season isn't as inventive as its first and which every episode was directed by the TV October Sam as male who played with flashbacks in the size of the screen in bold ways this time around as males out of the director's chair in the storytelling is a bit more conventional this season of homecoming feels like a quirky stylish conclusion uncomfortably entertaining waiting in an ambitious story that left a few too many questions unanswered from the first season Ameritech are you here Eric on morning edition from NPR news I'm Steve Inskeep and I'm no well king we've got the marketplace morning report coming up in just a couple minutes let's spend some of that time first with Peter finch he says it's getting better on the bay bridge.
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"Five on please it's morning edition from NPR news I'm no well king and I'm Steve Inskeep the Grammy nominated singer Janelle mon day as our first TV series lead role it's in the new season of Amazon prime video's drama homecoming NPR TV critic Eric deggans is up next he says Monet's episodes which debuted today are entertaining just not quite as groundbreaking as the show's first season okay this may sound like a cliche but nothing is truly as it first seems in the early episodes of home coming second season it starts with monies character waking up no memory of who she is eventually struggling to explain herself to an emergency room doctor is your address home I don't know okay about your birthday what's your birthday I don't know do you mind taking off your telephone list your breathing but when he sees signs of an injection in our arm things go south our United drug user now you're from meds is that it nope wait right here please she doesn't wait right there instead she enlists help from a cranky bystander who actually was trying to get drugs under false pretenses to figure out who she really is I woke up in a boat if I did something wrong I have no idea what to expect Hey Funches I'm not accusing the cave anything at eleven o'clock that's what I just said I don't know okay got it got home coming second season is a puzzle box were events viewers discover midway through the season completely change the story revealing the characters you thought you knew are actually very different people here's all you need to know about homecomings first season to understand the new episodes the story centers on the guys group the same company which operated a facility and homecomings debut season Julia Roberts played a therapist who had a very specific job the facility house eighteen soldiers at a time we use their medical records to find the man who had basic PTSD markers we deliver the medication to see if the memories were deleted that's right they were dosing veterans with a mystery drugs which remove memories including those causing post traumatic stress disorder this season Chris Cooper plays the head of guys who didn't know about this homecoming program he calls for answers from the executive who ran at a smooth talking corporate weasel played by Bobby Cannavale facts could be easily twist your dose and these guys are lying to them about what the protocol we outlined was based on topical use but when you weren't getting results you insisted that it be ingested but they were drinking it actually no new answer me no technically they were eating it what happened to hi the men homecoming story centers on how big business and big government use this memory altering drug to exploit average people Stefan James returns a veteran whose quest to recover his memories threatens the guy screwed and money does a great job in a role where she's often not speaking at all chasing clues and scenes pace like classic Alfred Hitchcock thrillers like vertigo and rear window it's a sure bet her character's memory issues are tied to guys the details at up to one of the trickiest plot twists on TV I'm coming second season isn't as inventive as its first and which every episode was directed by the TV October Sam as male who played with flashbacks in the size of the screen in bold ways this time around as males out of the director's chair in the storytelling is a bit more conventional this season of homecoming feels like a quirky stylish conclusion uncomfortably entertaining waiting in an ambitious story that left a few too many questions unanswered from the first season Ameritech can you hear Eric on morning edition from NPR news I'm Steve Inskeep and I'm no well king and I'm Terry Glaser and you are listening to KCRW I am Jennifer.
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"Many of us are relying on our TV is for entertainment these days while we are at home pretty much twenty four seven but don't worry streaming services are still releasing new shows Eric deggans is TV critic for NPR he joins us now with a preview of the best one tire rack so I think this is the first time I've appeared since you have the theme song that is so awesome even okay so I guess I'm wondering can Netflix at all keep releasing new stuff when they're not actually filming new stuff when is that gravy train gonna end well I mean that's I think that's the question for everybody is when did they start to run out of new material and you can see a different media platforms adjusting their release schedules I to try and move stuff further back in the year as it becomes more and more obvious that production is not necessarily gonna start back the way we're used to any time soon but that some of the things that people are considered interesting well in the meantime it let's go through some of what you're watching and you like let's begin with the TV remake of the movie Snowpiercer it debuted over the weekend has a quick attention all passengers the temperature outside is minus one hundred nineteen degrees Celsius we are six years nine months and twenty six days from departure for your personal safety paired to brace all right so the general plot here is that at least was in the movie there was a train they'll just capped and Leslie circling the globe because the world had been ruined I guess by climate change and so everyone who is left is on the train how does the T. V. version compare okay with just a small correction I I I didn't necessarily like this they have to be a officially known but it isn't interesting it's it's it's the most interesting original series debut I think of of the week and it was a way of sort of physical lies in our class structure in western society right it was supposed to be for the rich and the people who are hired to take care of them but a bunch of poor people storm the train right before it took off and they are isolated in the rear of the train their call for a quote Hey at least and and it's an odd series to debut now because we're living in a dystopia that is the inverse of this so no peers everyone is crammed on top of each other it's the candidate that we're having now but it for for them they're in an environment where the cost of each other we are in and where were separated from each other and so it's a it's it's an interesting thing to watch you know given what we're all going through now the TV show had to figure out a way to extend the concept so that it would at least go over two seasons because was picked up for a second season before the first season even debuted and the way they've done that is there's a murder mystery someone has been killed and that two people have been killed they think they have a serial killer on their hands and the only person who used to be a homicide detective on the train someone who's a tail light so this character gets pulled from the rear and asked to solve this murder and and and as he tries to solve the murder you get introduced to this very unique ecosystem that exists on this train okay moving on there's a documentary series you've been watching that debuted on Sunday it's called blackballed and here's a quick hold the line please free the clippers burdened by ignorant racist comments made by its older cool when I listen to I had to listen to it again because I mean he didn't say that all right so this takes us back to the whole Donald sterling scandal he was the owner of the LA clippers he said adventurous as things that were later exposed and so.
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"And by the listeners of KQED good morning it's Friday I'm sandy Alderson the time now seven forty five it's morning edition from NPR news I'm Steve Inskeep and I'm Rachel Martin the stories of Hollywood legends like rock Hudson get a new frame in Hollywood a new limited series from Netflix from superstar producer Ryan Murphy NPR TV critic Eric deggans says the show which debuts today presents a Hollywood that never was but should have been Ryan Murphy's Hollywood as a poignant question what if nineteen forties era Hollywood the film industry so called golden age really was a golden age for everyone in other words what if a black gay man wrote the script for a major motion picture starring a black woman that also happen to give a positive rock cuts in his first movie role yeah it's a lot Hollywood is a fantasy about a group of outsider friends who find insider success in the movie business let's start with the Spierings screenwriter Archie Coleman here he explains why as a black man he decided to write a movie script about a white woman who jumped to her death from the Hollywood land sign in Los Angeles in nineteen thirty two stand over H. talented as the next gal but never appreciated so writing her story I feel like I'm telling Hey somebody's finally gonna break you into this business you mean both the film's director wants to cast as African American girlfriend Camille Washington as the star a tough task given that black actresses often play mates back then when the head of the studio played in a nice twist by noted liberal rob Reiner Hughes who actually wrote the film he puts his foot down never in the history of Hollywood has there ever been a motion picture made by a motion picture studio for a mainstream audience written by person and I'm not going to be the first within the studio had had a heart attack and his wife gets a passionate pleaded past Camille from First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt what it might mean to little black girl living in a shanty quiz she's told she's free but really is no better than that grandparents yeah they wind up casting Camille Murphy the creator of TV hits like Klay imposed as a long standing love for old Hollywood and it shows here the art direction is gleaming and lush recreating the style of forties era Los Angeles as a city teeming with sharp suits bright smiles and grand looming buildings but there's a dark edge that sunny side of Panama's by Jim Parsons character can me Wilson he's an abusive closeted talent agent who gives a young closeted actor named Roy fitz Gerald a new name rock Hudson strong like the rock of Gibraltar you don't like what you're hearing you can get out of my office farm boys don't just roll into Hollywood and stumble into pictures they need somebody to show me the ropes get more real life character everybody's script doesn't roll you'll ever play on screen I will just be your agent I'll be your godfather this series shows people defeating racism sexism ageism and homophobia in a way that wasn't really possible back then and the characters take several episodes to evolve from cardboard stereotypes the more fleshed out people which made test some viewers patience there's a lot of sex including a recreation of a real life gas station with the attendants were secretly male prostitutes patronized by stars at times it feels like impractical fable but Netflix's Hollywood is also an ambitious well crafted attempt to take control of the narrative creating a vision of classic Hollywood that modern audiences can watch with a lot less shame and anger it's morning edition from NPR news I'm Rachel Martin and I'm Steve Inskeep we've got the marketplace morning report up next first so we've got to get there with John what's the latest latest was that crash.
New show 'Defending Jacob' is a homecoming for Chris Evans
"Superhero movie star Chris Evans plays a more down to earth role in defending Jacob it's a limited series on apple TV plus about a prosecutor whose son is accused of murder NPR's TV critic Eric deggans says the show which debuts today fits into a troubling trend in television there was a growing genre of TV drama in our streaming saturated times that I have given INEC the almost quality drama now these shows have big stars lofty concepts gritty premises and huge ambitions but they're not quite good enough to be the next handmaid's tale or succession if there were fewer streaming services around they might not have even gotten may which brings us to apple TV pluses defending Jacob and the character played by star Chris Evans Andrew Stephen barber can you state your occupation please as an assistant district attorney in this building for ten years was so you're no longer employed as a prosecutor for Middlesex County is that correct yes that's right any barber is sitting in some sort of proceeding answering questions from a supercilious prosecutor about the worst of it and his family's life playing Barbour Evans hides the chiseled good looks that made him such a hit as Marvel's Captain America behind a bushy brown beard and an air of defeated resignation but let's not move too fast here first consider the crime that set all this
Is 'The Morning Show' enough to make Apple TV+ a top streaming contender?
"Apple's new series the morning show is a star studded project featuring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon it's also the highest profile show debuting Friday on the company's new streaming service apple TV plus NPR TV critic Eric deggans says it's a powerful drama which might also remind you of a certain former NBC news anchor the morning show begins with a bomb shell and it's centered on morning TV anchor Mitch Kessler played by Steve Carell Kessler's coanchor Alex Levi played by Jennifer Aniston has to explain it all to America I'm bringing you some sad and upsetting news miss kestler my co host and partner of fifteen years was fired today for sexual misconduct levy is hurt and angry especially since the show's executive producer Charlie played by mark Duplass knew the network was investigating Kessler HR has been looking into it for a few weeks I didn't want to drag you in I was trying to protect you Alice okay we knew about this and you didn't tell me my honor partner my TV husband is a sexual predator now you should not have been involved in this conversation if this all sounds familiar that's because the morning show one falls like a fictionalized version of the fall of X. today show star Matt Lauer the former NBC anchor was fired in twenty seventeen amid allegations of sexual harassment and rape the story might have thought stale a few months ago but recent reporting on the former NBC news staffer who accuse Lauer of rape and the former anchors recent the Nile to put the issue back in the headlines Kessler also echoes the denials that Lauer offered in real life he admits sleeping with subordinates but says he never forced anyone they can't just take my life away based on hearsay they have documented complaints Mexican place about what that I had affairs since when is it a crime so now we're engaged twenty years of my life is now locking me out you know what everything's changed but they forgot to send home the morning show can feel like a long string of self absorbed overly entitled characters screaming at each other but in between the outburst is a percolating drama about how the meat to move make can shift power to women marginalized by clueless middle aged male bosses Aniston's Levi gets a no nonsense local TV reporter played by Reese Witherspoon hired as our co anchor in a meeting with top executives levy makes it plain she's taking control of the show the party you guys never seem to realize is that you don't have the power anymore the news division is held up by my show are you actually trying to justify your actions listening I don't need to justify anything we are doing this my way because frankly I've let you bozos handle this long enough it's the kind of speech you hope Savannah Guthrie gave to NBC executives after all our got fired the show also explores the denial of powerful men who refused to recognize their own predatory behavior and one telling moment Carell's Cussler tries to commiserate with a film director also accused of sexual misconduct played by Martin short I don't even understand what their messages are sending out the that women are not allowed to be in possession of their sexual choice when they fix it unless they lose sight of the issues I actually feel bad for the kids because there's nothing sexy about consent well that came out wrong and and and that was creepy the morning show with stylish and fast paced the biggest project among nine original programs kicking off the new apple TV plus service it's also a close look at how what TV news organization and by extension all of us handles the new environment ushered in by the meat to movement whether that's worth four dollars and ninety nine cents a month his apples multi
"eric deggans" Discussed on KCRW
"I am deeply grateful to every single person who fought for it in that exchange the real harsh jackass I mean in social media you saw some will say that Biden was Maine's Blaney that he was taking credit for something that a leading woman did others thought that Warren was being petty very much depended on the eye of the beholder or in this case that you're the boulder well you know speaking of the beholders I let's talk about how many people actually watch this we have a release from CNN saying that eight point three million people wow this debate from eight PM to eleven PM and almost four hundred NPR stations also hear audio of it with an estimated reach of one point three million listeners so that's that's a much better audience than I expected really well yeah you know given that this is the fourth round of democratic debates and that the the debate started out in a way that was kind of boring and I expect a lot of people to check out it's actually a good sign that people are still engaged and they're still trying to figure out how they feel about a great many of these candidates dad's NPR's TV critic Eric deggans and political editor dominical Montanaro Chicago teachers are walking the Chicago teachers union will go on strike teachers will be on the picket lines outside schools tomorrow morning meanwhile three hundred thousand students won't be in those schools twenty me on the line is Serra carpet member station WBEZ answer what's the reason behind the strike one big reason and that's that the Chicago teachers have really been pushing for what you would call learning condition improvements so they really want lower class sizes they want to be able to have an enforceable class sizes they want more social workers counselors librarians and other staff in the school and up until just a few days ago at the mayor who controls the school district here what we're not willing to make promises in their contract for those things and so they say that even though they've made some progress toward getting some of the things that they want they say it's not enough and that that's why they're walking tonight not enough can you give us a sense of how far apart the two sides are they're pretty far up her kid to night is the president of the teachers union said we have a ways to go and what I've heard from the school district is that they don't think that they can meet the teachers where they where the teacher to want them to be and they really need the teachers are sort of calm down under demand but it the teachers are not willing to come down other demands of so it's really some distance apart at this point in the meantime we mention all of these kids won't be in class what are you hearing from parents really behind the teachers a lot of here and say that we would really support the teachers because I really feel like you need the things that the teachers are fighting for however are sort of freaking out because they don't really know exactly where to take their kids the library will be open schools will also be open with administrative staff and non union members in the schools there's also a lot of your half of daycare and since so my appearance thing I'm opening my house bring your kids over here but it's really you know people are just sort of juggling how they can make their work continue and find somewhere for their children but I do think there's a sense in the city from a lot of parents that it's worth the sacrifice of some of these new things of teachers are fighting for could be one that's.
"eric deggans" Discussed on KCRW
"Many lives he is devastated and to see how long this went on for nobody did anything about it prosecutors are considering bringing charges against alleged co conspirators in abstains alleged trafficking case this is NPR pharmaceutical maker produ pharmacy as it's working with state attorneys general and other plaintiffs to find a path forward news reports say the attorneys general are in settlement talks over the drug makers role in the growing opioid crisis Purdue pharma could face enormous liability after another drug maker Johnson and Johnson was found liable in a civil lawsuit filed by the state of Oklahoma after five years on NBC's Saturday Night Live comedian Leslie Jones is leaving and beers Eric deggans has more Leslie Jones became a star on Saturday Night Live thanks to her side splitting commentaries including this bit about getting American idol's fantasia Barrino to sing at her funeral I want the fantasia that black people know what the back of the church even a fish sandwich sweaty face kicking off my shoes before she goes June June the show in twenty fourteen one of three black women hired as the show was criticized for its lack of diversity she began as a writer before quickly moving in front of the cameras but Jones drew controversy for her first commentary which she joked that her dating life would've been better in the days of slavery Jones will star in the stand up comedy special for Netflix and has roles in several upcoming movies Eric deggans NPR news British oil company BP is selling all its interests in Alaska's north slope the buyer is an affiliate of Texas based hill Corp energy company and the deal is worth five point six billion dollars the interests include the Prudhoe bay oil field the trans Alaska pipeline and the gas.
Eric Deggans, HBO And NPR discussed on Morning Edition
"Green sketch comedy has been a staple on television from its very beginning but a sketch show created written directed by and starring black women it's something new NPR TV critic Eric deggans as HBO's a black lady sketch show debuting Friday is well worth the wait this is a sketch show you never knew you needed until it appears in a burst of groundbreaking comedy let's start with your take on one of those YouTube marriage proposal videos featuring a flash mob or Ashley Nicole black reacts a little more realistic you just lost your job I quit my job to devote myself to organize this flash mob full time you cringe you told me you got fired this is what you always wanted