Why I can’t stop watching ‘The Slap’

The characters in NBC's miniseries are suffering from mass "privilege poisoning" that makes them simultaneously agonizing and fascinating to watch.

‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ takes on New York City

Tina Fey and Robert Carlock's new comedy for Netflix stars Ellie Kemper as a cult survivor starting over in the Big Apple.

A classic novel for another ‘Long Winter’

Laura Ingalls Wilder's chronicle of the winter of 1880-1881 is the perfect reading material for yet another snowy day.

Intermission: The long winter

The pretensions of Bjork, the unvarnished adolescents of "Stand by Me," the goals of the Wu-Tang auction and the failures of "Broadchurch."

The politician’s guide to talking about pop culture (without sounding dumb)

Lose the Beyoncé-bashing, resist the urge to "Downton"-ify your office, and stop pretending that liking "Homeland" makes drone strikes okay.

Hollywood’s diverse appearances can be deceiving

The rise of characters of color disguises ground that women and people of color are losing behind the scenes.

Intermission: Kids these days

When to let kids watch scary movies, why people make up trauma online, what makes Bill O'Reilly an appealing storyteller and how ABC can avoid an embarrassing mistake.

Fixing the Mall’s identity crisis

The Trust for the National Mall is trying to get to value not just monuments but the land they stand on.

Intermission: Problems like Maria

Leonard Nimoy's struggles with Spock, Maria von Trapp as Manic Pixie Dream Girl, the inspiration for the costumes on "The Americans," and what Oprah Winfrey is up to next.

‘The Birth of a Nation’: The racist movie everyone should watch

Acknowledging that D.W. Griffith's racist history of the Ku Klux Klan is a masterpiece is the only way to appreciate how powerful his bigotry was.

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