Category Archives: Film

HBO’s Allen v. Farrow Sheds New Light on Family Trauma

“This is someone I loved more than anyone else. You can love somebody and be afraid of them.”–Dylan Farrow. I can’t remember when I didn’t have a crush on Woody Allen.  I absolutely adored his films, his humor and the … Continue reading

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Marian Anderson’s Civil Rights Legacy Shapes Voice of Freedom on PBS

“She can sing from the top of the Washington Monument if she wants to.”–President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Quite remarkably, in 1939, President Rosevelt and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt raised their voices in support of singer Marian Anderson, repudiating the Daughters … Continue reading

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The Long Song Sings Slavery’s Truth on PBS

“If only my tale were so simple.” I will never forget how I felt in the days following ABC-TV’s 1977 broadcast of Roots, the dramatic miniseries adaptation of Alex Haley’s controversial novel.  Shock and shame come quickly to mind. As … Continue reading

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PBS Delves Inside the Mind of Agatha Christie

“She saw blood, she saw gore, she saw death, and she wasn’t afraid to use it.” I confess… I haven’t cracked open an Agatha Christie novel in decades.  Although I never miss film or TV adaptations of her work, especially … Continue reading

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Glenda Jackson Illuminates Elizabeth Is Missing on PBS Masterpiece

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”— Maya Angelou. We take our memory for granted… until we start to lose pieces of … Continue reading

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Freedom Summer Tackles Timely Voter and Civil Rights

“Did you see the way our people, you know, they were protecting his bus yesterday, because they’re nice. They had hundreds of cars…You see Trump and the American flag.” –President Donald J. Trump. Excuse me?  Nearly 100 trucks festooned with … Continue reading

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Honoring the Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“Fight for the things you care about, but in a way that will lead others to join you.”—Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She was tiny. A determined young woman in a vibrant blue suit, head held high, briefcase in hand, clearly thrilled … Continue reading

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The Time Is Still Right for A Time for Burning

“Now is the time to lift our nation from the quick sands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.”–Martin Luther King, Jr., 1963. It’s hard for me to admit, but until recently, I never connected the dots between … Continue reading

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Remembering Comedy Legend Carl Reiner (1922-2020)

“It’s now 1:00 a.m., and I am going upstairs to my computer to tweet out my thought of the day, because I can. I have the freedom to do that because of people like you who are committed to protecting … Continue reading

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I’ll Be Gone in the Dark Makes Chilling Debut on HBO

“I had a murder habit and it was bad.  I would feed it for the rest of my life.”–Michelle McNamara. I’ve had the privilege of interviewing and profiling many notable filmmakers and writers in my career, but none more fascinating … Continue reading

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