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Caryn James

Timely and Eye-Opening About Veterans: 'Coming Back with Wes Moore'

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  • May 12, 2014 1:47 PM
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In the past decade, we've seen plenty of documentaries and television reports about returning veterans, not to mention the continuing and urgent news stories about delayed benefits. But none of those has the unique personal perspective of Wes Moore, who gives the timely series Coming Back with Wes Moore.

Sherlock Meets Bieber And Fifty Shades of Grey

  • By Caryn James
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  • May 3, 2012 8:45 AM
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Downton Abbey is not the only buzz-worthy upscale/downscale gem from PBS’s Masterpiece this year. Season 2 of Sherlock, with Benedict Cumberbatch as the 21st century version of Arthur Conan Doyle’s ultra-rational hero, begins on Sunday with “A Scandal in Belgravia.” The episode is smartly written by Steven Moffat (Doctor Who) and directed by Paul McGuigan with enough flair to make a cinephile smile – nothing too surprising about that. But it turns out  that Cumberbatch himself inspires the kinds of squeals more often associated with Justin Bieber, as I saw first-hand at a preview screening and Q&A in New York on Wednesday.

Obama Sings; Hope He Keeps His Day Job (Video)

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  • February 22, 2012 1:23 AM
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At a blues-y celebration of Black History Month at the White House – a concert to be shown on PBS on Feb. 27th – the President joined in and sang “Sweet Home Chicago” with B.B. King, backed up by Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck and others.

Downton Abbey: Does Mary Get Matthew, And Will Patton Oswalt Tweet?

  • By Caryn James
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  • January 5, 2012 9:01 AM
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It took a costume drama about nose-in-the-air aristocrats to give PBS pop-culture traction. But just before New Year’s, there was Patton Oswalt catching up with season 1 and  practically swooning as he Tweeted with arch wit but no irony, “Oh DOWNTON ABBEY, how have I only just now seen your 1st episode? I'm as besotted as a vicar at a crumpet orgy!” And,  confessing his attachment to Lord Grantham’s feminist daughter, his unlikely sex symbol of a valet and the household’s proper but deeply humane butler, he admitted,  “I  now have a lust-crush on Lady Sybil, a man-crush on Bates and a scorching butler-crush on Mr. Carson.”  

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