Neda Ulaby http://wutc.org en 'I Kinda Stole The Show': Laverne Cox And The Path To Prestige Television http://wutc.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 38564 at http://wutc.org 'I Kinda Stole The Show': Laverne Cox And The Path To Prestige Television With Possible Theme Park, 'Hunger Games' May Live Beyond Final Film http://wutc.org/post/possible-theme-park-hunger-games-may-live-beyond-final-film The movie studio Lionsgate is exploring the possibility of a theme park based on <em>The Hunger Games</em> films and books. To test the idea's viability, the company announced that it will launch a <em>Hunger Games</em> exhibition at museums around the country next summer. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=With+Possible+Theme+Park%2C+%27Hunger+Games%27+May+Live+Beyond+Final+Film&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA5MTc0MDI0MDEzMzE4MjI4ODdlOTk4MA004)"/></div><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 38235 at http://wutc.org NSA Coverage Garners Pulitzers For Post And Guardian http://wutc.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 21:48:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 36161 at http://wutc.org Dance Music Legend Frankie Knuckles Dies At 59 http://wutc.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 35596 at http://wutc.org Dance Music Legend Frankie Knuckles Dies At 59 A Picket Line At The Oscars: Visual-Effects Artists To Protest http://wutc.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 34273 at http://wutc.org A Baby Didn't Bump These Moms Out Of Competition http://wutc.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. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 23:44:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 32788 at http://wutc.org A Baby Didn't Bump These Moms Out Of Competition Amiri Baraka's Legacy Both Controversial And Achingly Beautiful http://wutc.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 22:32:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 32282 at http://wutc.org Amiri Baraka's Legacy Both Controversial And Achingly Beautiful A YouTube Powerhouse Looks Beyond Its Gamer Base http://wutc.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 21:18:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 31668 at http://wutc.org A YouTube Powerhouse Looks Beyond Its Gamer Base The 'Anchorman' Legend Continues, And It's Everywhere http://wutc.org/post/anchorman-legend-continues-and-its-everywhere <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uetalQpXwUI</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 22:31:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 30920 at http://wutc.org The 'Anchorman' Legend Continues, And It's Everywhere Hollywood's New Strategy: Supporting Chinese-Made Blockbusters http://wutc.org/post/hollywoods-new-strategy-supporting-chinese-made-blockbusters <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqZb1bUKJQ0</p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 07:55:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 30475 at http://wutc.org Hollywood's New Strategy: Supporting Chinese-Made Blockbusters Most Remaining Blockbusters To Close In January http://wutc.org/post/most-remaining-blockbusters-close-january Blockbuster is going to shut all of its company-owned stores. Some franchise stores will stay open. At its peak, the video rental chain had about 9,000 stores. Thu, 07 Nov 2013 09:54:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 29741 at http://wutc.org Lou Reed, Beloved Contrarian, Dies http://wutc.org/post/lou-reed-beloved-contrarian-dies <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffr0opfm6I4</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KaWSOlASWc</p> Sun, 27 Oct 2013 19:47:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 29261 at http://wutc.org Lou Reed, Beloved Contrarian, Dies New Cable Channels Try To Lure Millennials Back To TV http://wutc.org/post/new-cable-channels-try-lure-millennials-back-tv Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>OK, three brand-new cable channels all share the same problem. How do you persuade 20-somethings to look up from their phones long enough to gaze at an old-fashioned, regular TV? Mon, 21 Oct 2013 08:47:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 28971 at http://wutc.org 'Trophy Wife' Is More Than Just A Pretty Face On ABC http://wutc.org/post/trophy-wife-more-just-pretty-face-abc One of the strongest new sitcoms on TV this season has the worst name, but its title, <em>Trophy Wife</em>, was intended to be ironic. The show's creators, Sarah Haskins and Emily Halpern, are self-professed feminists who wanted to take on a type generally scorned in popular culture.<p>The show's eponymous character, Kate, is a reformed party girl trying to find her place in a family that includes a much older husband, Pete, his two ex-wives and three kids. When Kate inadvertently breaks Pete's nose, the situation is expertly handled by ex No. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 23:05:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 27869 at http://wutc.org 'Trophy Wife' Is More Than Just A Pretty Face On ABC What The $@** Is Up On Cable These Days? http://wutc.org/post/what-cable-these-days Seriously, if you were being attacked by zombies, you might yell out the word f- - -! But no one does on <em>The Walking Dead.</em> When it comes to language in this golden age of basic cable dramas, the rules are idiosyncratic and unclear.<p>"It's so arbitrary, hon," says Kurt Sutter. Tue, 10 Sep 2013 21:18:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 27226 at http://wutc.org What The $@** Is Up On Cable These Days?