Neda Ulaby http://nhpr.org en Cory Still ♡s Topanga As A New Generation 'Meets World' http://nhpr.org/post/cory-still-s-topanga-new-generation-meets-world Among that enormous demographic of people born after 1981, you'll find a major generational touchstone: the TV show <em>Boy Meets World</em>.<p>Nick Gray, 24, says, "Everybody that I know that is our age --"<p>"-- watched it," interrupts his girlfriend, 21-year-old Elizabeth Spivey, "and loved it!"<p>Every generation has its television families. Boomers watched <em>Leave It to Beaver</em>; in the 1970s, it was <em>The Brady Bunch</em>; in the '80s, it was <em>The Cosby Show</em>. <em>Boy Meets World</em> aired on ABC from 1993 to 2000 and lives on in syndication. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 07:20:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 50940 at http://nhpr.org Cory Still ♡s Topanga As A New Generation 'Meets World' Why TV Drama Is So Obsessed With Pandemics http://nhpr.org/post/why-tv-drama-so-obsessed-pandemics Transcript <p>LYNN NEARY, HOST: <p>And now for a warning. Television is in the grip of a terrifying pandemic. Or maybe an obsession with pandemics is a better way to put it. This year has seen a feverish spike in dramas where the antagonist is a deadly virus. These shows include "Helix" on Sy-fy, "The Strain" on FX and "The Last Ship," which starts Sunday on TNT. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 50636 at http://nhpr.org 'I Kinda Stole The Show': Laverne Cox And The Path To Prestige Television http://nhpr.org/post/i-kinda-stole-show-laverne-cox-and-path-prestige-television "My femininity was seen as a problem that needed to be solved."<p>Laverne Cox is talking about her childhood in Mobile, Ala. She remembers being routinely chased and beaten by classmates after school. Cox was born biologically male, and her gender identity was confusing and threatening not just to other children but to the grown-ups in her life as well. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 21:47:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 49849 at http://nhpr.org 'I Kinda Stole The Show': Laverne Cox And The Path To Prestige Television 'Normal Heart' Teaches New Generation About The Early Years Of AIDS http://nhpr.org/post/normal-heart-teaches-new-generation-about-early-years-aids Why would Ryan Murphy, one of TV's hottest and most prolific producers, decide to adapt a 30-year-old play about the forming of an AIDS service organization for HBO? Sat, 24 May 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 49100 at http://nhpr.org 'Normal Heart' Teaches New Generation About The Early Years Of AIDS Hard 'G' Or Soft, The GIF Takes Its Place As A Modern Art Form http://nhpr.org/post/hard-g-or-soft-gif-takes-its-place-modern-art-form "!!!!"<p>That was the body of the note from NPR producer Evie Stone, along with a link to an exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image titled <a href="http://www.movingimage.us/exhibitions/2014/03/12/detail/the-reaction-gif-moving-image-as-gesture/">The Reaction GIF: Moving Image as Gesture</a>.<p>Obviously, Evie and I share a certain sensibility. Fri, 09 May 2014 07:38:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 48192 at http://nhpr.org Hard 'G' Or Soft, The GIF Takes Its Place As A Modern Art Form Lurid Meets Literary In 'Penny Dreadful,' An All-Star Gothic Revue http://nhpr.org/post/lurid-meets-literary-penny-dreadful-all-star-gothic-revue There's a specific subset of NPR listeners who are also dedicated horror fans. If you fall in that category, the new drama <em>Penny Dreadful --</em> premiering Sunday on Showtime — may hit all your sweet spots. Imagine an all-star Gothic revue that brings together Dr. Thu, 08 May 2014 20:54:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 48176 at http://nhpr.org Lurid Meets Literary In 'Penny Dreadful,' An All-Star Gothic Revue On Television, More Transgender Characters Come Into Focus http://nhpr.org/post/television-more-transgender-characters-come-focus Over the past year or so, I've looked at how TV's expanding universe represents <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/01/02/168215115/whos-gay-on-tv-dads-journalists-investigators-and-footmen" target="_blank">gays and lesbians</a> and <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2013/05/18/184832930/working-women-on-television-a-mixed-bag-at-best" target="_blank">working women</a>. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 47287 at http://nhpr.org On Television, More Transgender Characters Come Into Focus NSA Coverage Garners Pulitzers For Post And Guardian http://nhpr.org/post/nsa-coverage-garners-pulitzers-post-and-guardian Winners of the 2014 Pulitzer Prizes were announced Monday. The Washington Post and The Guardian were among the notable winners, commended for together breaking the news of NSA surveillance programs. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:25:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 46761 at http://nhpr.org Dance Music Legend Frankie Knuckles Dies At 59 http://nhpr.org/post/dance-music-legend-frankie-knuckles-dies-59 <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPrGnh7QUDo</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:01:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 46011 at http://nhpr.org Dance Music Legend Frankie Knuckles Dies At 59 Forget Nancy Drew: Thanks To Fans, 'Veronica Mars' Is Back On The Case http://nhpr.org/post/forget-nancy-drew-thanks-fans-veronica-mars-back-case When Rob Thomas created <em>Veronica Mars</em>, his show about a sharp-elbowed girl detective, he had an ulterior motive: He wanted to kill off the reigning queen of teenaged sleuths — one who's been around for more than 80 years.<p>"Nancy Drew," Thomas says, his soft-spoken affect barely betrayed by a trace of a snarl. "Like, I feel like <em>she had her run</em>."<p>Thomas gently eases himself into a faux leather couch backstage at <em>Last Call With Carson Daly</em>, where he's just wrapped up an interview with the host. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 07:26:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 45060 at http://nhpr.org Forget Nancy Drew: Thanks To Fans, 'Veronica Mars' Is Back On The Case A Picket Line At The Oscars: Visual-Effects Artists To Protest http://nhpr.org/post/picket-line-oscars-visual-effects-artists-protest Hundreds of visual-effects artists are planning to picket the Academy Awards on Sunday for the second year in a row. They're hoping to bring attention to what's been happening in their industry.<p>The field is losing jobs and relocating to countries with bigger subsidies for employers. It's the result of a technical revolution that's changed the profession since it kicked off in the 70s with Star Wars creator George Lucas' visual-effects company, Industrial Light and Magic.<p>At first, visual effects was mostly engineers creating special effects with cameras, high-speed motors and models. Sat, 01 Mar 2014 14:50:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 44381 at http://nhpr.org A Baby Didn't Bump These Moms Out Of Competition http://nhpr.org/post/baby-didnt-bump-these-moms-out-competition Let's be clear: Olympians handle the physical challenges of childbirth differently than most of the rest of us.<p>Aretha Thurmond is a discus thrower who'd already competed in two Olympics when she went to the hospital in labor.<p>"So I get there and they're like, 'Yeah, whatever, you're 4 centimeters dilated. Go walk around the hospital and come back,' " she says.<p>Thurmond's hospital was part of a university, so she headed straight for its track, where she power-walked for the next two hours. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 00:22:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 42349 at http://nhpr.org A Baby Didn't Bump These Moms Out Of Competition The Few, The Fervent: Fans Of 'Supernatural' Redefine TV Success http://nhpr.org/post/few-fervent-fans-supernatural-redefine-tv-success How do you measure love?<p>OK, it's a huge question. And maybe not one generally applied to television. But the metrics of success determine whether a television show lives or dies. (If this is the sort of topic that seems frivolous, consider the billions of dollars TV and other copyright industries contribute to the U.S. economy. The stakes start feeling higher.)<p>And this is why we're looking at the CW show <em>Supernatural</em>. Unlike a massively popular scripted TV show like <em>The Big Bang Theory</em> or <em>The Walking Dead,</em> it has only about 3 million viewers. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 22:21:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 41916 at http://nhpr.org The Few, The Fervent: Fans Of 'Supernatural' Redefine TV Success Amiri Baraka's Legacy Both Controversial And Achingly Beautiful http://nhpr.org/post/amiri-barakas-legacy-both-offensive-and-achingly-beautiful One of America's most important — and controversial — literary figures, Amiri Baraka, died on Thursday from complications after surgery following a long illness, according to his oldest son. Baraka was 79.<p>Baraka co-founded the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s. His literary legacy is as complicated as the times he lived through, from his childhood — where he recalled not being allowed to enter a segregated library — to the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. Thu, 09 Jan 2014 22:44:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 41588 at http://nhpr.org Amiri Baraka's Legacy Both Controversial And Achingly Beautiful A YouTube Powerhouse Looks Beyond Its Gamer Base http://nhpr.org/post/youtube-powerhouse-looks-beyond-its-gamer-base One of the most popular channels on YouTube is aimed toward people who play video games. It's got tons of content — thousands of game reviews, how-to videos of people gaming away enthusiastically, even little homemade movies that people have made using video-game software.<p>That last format is a user-generated phenomenon called machinima — "little m" machinima. "Big M" Machinima is a company, and it wants to be a new media empire. Mon, 23 Dec 2013 22:15:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 40675 at http://nhpr.org A YouTube Powerhouse Looks Beyond Its Gamer Base