Television

  • 12:00am Feb 02, 2014
    Arts Arts

    Comedian's Career Is Central To 'Quality Balls'

    Legendary comedian David Steinberg is the subject of a new Showtime documentary called Quality Balls. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Steinberg, whose controversial routine was responsible for the cancellation of the Smothers Brothers' TV show in the 1960s.
  • 7:58am Jan 31, 2014
    Books Books Arts

    What Wakes B.J. Novak Up In The Middle Of The Night?

    B.J. Novak is a triple threat. He got his start in show business as a standup comedian which led to a job on the hit comedy series The Office. Novak had a regular part on the show but he was also one of the writers. Now he has put his writing talent to work on a book of stories: One More Thing.
  • 8:00pm Jan 30, 2014
    Sports Sports

    The Surprising After Effects Of A Notorious 'Wardrobe Malfunction'

    Audie Cornish speaks with writer Marin Cogan about the infamous "wardrobe malfunction" incident at the Super Bowl halftime show featuring Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake, which happened a decade ago this month. Marin wrote a piece on the incident that is featured in ESPN the Magazine.
  • 12:14pm Jan 25, 2014
    Books Books

    An Admitted 'Ham' Shares Slices Of Show-Biz Life

    Sixteen short stories of a triumphant, tragic, and most of all, hilarious life in show business make up Sam Harris' new memoir, Ham: Slices of a Life. NPR's Jacki Lyden speaks to Harris about his rise to fame after winning the first season of the 1980's hit TV show Star Search.
  • 8:55pm Jan 24, 2014
    Sports Sports

    In The Super Bowl Ad Game, One Small Business Will Win Big

    This year, one lucky little company's professionally produced commercial will air during the Super Bowl's third quarter — all free — thanks to a contest held by the software firm Intuit. The four finalists include an organic egg farm and a natural compost supplier. For Intuit, it's a smart way to drum up more business.
  • 8:20am Jan 23, 2014
    World News World News

    Danish TV Drama Sparks Discussions On Wills

    A popular new drama series on Danish TV about a family torn apart over a disputed inheritance has viewers concerned about their own estate planning. Denmark's largest legal chain says online inquiries about inheritance issues are up by 143 percent.
  • 6:50pm Jan 12, 2014

    Why Live Award Shows Have High Value, Even When We Hate Them

    Award shows are a booming business these days. Major networks are bringing in new televised awards and revitalizing old ones. The Hollywood Reporter's Matt Belloni explains why there's a sudden surge in producing these largely "DVR-proof" programs.