Category Archives: Journalism

Walter Winchell: The Power of Gossip Makes Timely Debut on PBS

“I remain your New York corespondent Walter Winchell, who can sit at his window and review those passing below.  He sees everyone he likes… or doesn’t. He can either drop a flower… or a flower pot.”–Walter Winchell.  If names like … 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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Fauci, Cuomo and Feel-Good Media Help Us Heal

“America is America because we overcome adversity and challenges. It is what makes us great.”—Governor Andrew Cuomo. Let’s face it. This may not be the most opportune time to catch up on documentaries and feature films about killer viruses, natural … Continue reading

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Remembering Mary Higgins Clark (1927-2020)

“The characters in my books are resilient and resourceful. When calamity strikes, they carry on.”–Mary Higgins Clark. There are times in our lives when we hit that proverbial fork in the road… when our feelings of self worth are shaky … Continue reading

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The Hatfields and McCoys Face Off in The Feud on PBS

“Bloody war in Pike County.  The McCoys and Hatfields Doing Their Utmost to Exterminate Each Other.”—The New York Times, January 8, 1888. The Hatfield-McCoy feud has been called “the most famous family conflict in American history.” Yet most of what … Continue reading

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Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists Headlines on HBO

“We’re on the side of the little guy.” I may have been born and raised in New Jersey but my dreams were all wrapped up in the promise and allure of the shining city on the Hudson. On good days … Continue reading

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Untested Rape Kits Exposed in HBO’s I Am Evidence

“You don’t have to think about doing the right thing. If you’re for the right thing, then you do it without thinking.” —Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969). The late poet, activist Maya Angelou was sexually abused … Continue reading

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The Write Stuff: Screenwriter Geoffrey C. Ward and The Vietnam War

“If we live long enough, we may even get over war.” —Maya Angelou. I graduated from high school in 1965 and college in 1969.  The relentless war in Vietnam fueled an escalating war on the streets of our inner cities and … Continue reading

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De Niro and Pfeiffer Debut on HBO in The Wizard of Lies

In today’s divisive political climate where the line between “alt facts” and actual facts has been obliterated, it’s not surprising that Robert De Niro, an outspoken critic of the “alt fact” administration, has made his HBO debut as executive producer and star of a film entitled The … Continue reading

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The Witness Takes the Stand on PBS

“I was 16 when my sister, Kitty, was murdered in New York City, ” says William Genovese in the gripping, feature-length documentary The Witness. “In an instant she was gone. No one understood me like Kitty.” Following its well-received theatrical release in … Continue reading

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