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Tim Gunn: On And Off The Runway, 'Life Is A Big Collaboration'

"Make it work," the fashion guru tells designers on Project Runway. But life hasn't always "worked" for Gunn. He talks with Terry Gross about being bullied, being gay in the '60s and '70s, and how his mother thinks he should "dress more like Mitt Romney."

'Borgen' Is Denmark's 'West Wing' (But Even Better)

Critic John Powers says that Borgen, a Danish TV series about a woman who unexpectedly becomes Denmark's prime minister is "irresistibly bingeable." The third and final season has just been released on DVD.

The Fringe Benefits To Bruno Mars' Free Super Bowl Gig

The NFL paid nothing to last night's Super Bowl halftime entertainer Bruno Mars; he performed before millions of viewers worldwide for free. What exactly does an artist like Bruno Mars profit from performing on one of the world's biggest stages? Audie Cornish talks to Forbes music and entertainment writer Zack Greenburg about the economics of performing at the Super Bowl.

A Viewing Guide For The Overwhelmed Olympic Fan

With less than a week to go until the opening ceremonies of the Sochi Winter Olympics, TV critic Eric Deggans lays out a guide to watching the games.

Seinfeld, Coca-Cola and Cheerios: Which Super Bowl Ads Scored?

The Seattle Seahawks dominated the Super Bowl, but for some people, the ads stole the show. Host Michel Martin speaks with NPR TV critic Eric Deggans to find out which commercials hit the mark, and which fell short.

'American Promise' Probes Race Issue In NYC Private School

The PBS documentary "American Promise" traces the progress of two African-American students through one of New York City's most elite private schools. Viewers ponder whether the tradeoff of a superior education was worth the psychological and cultural trauma each boy experienced at times.

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Oscar-Winner, Found Dead At 46

The actor, whose repertoire includes an eclectic array of challenging roles, won a best actor Oscar for the title role in the 2005 film Capote.


Comedian's Career Is Central To 'Quality Balls'

Legendary comedian David Steinberg is the subject of a new Showtime documentary called Quality Balls. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Steinberg, whose controversial routine was responsible for the cancellation of the Smothers Brothers' TV show in the 1960s.

What Wakes B.J. Novak Up In The Middle Of The Night?

B.J. Novak is a triple threat. He got his start in show business as a standup comedian which led to a job on the hit comedy series The Office. Novak had a regular part on the show but he was also one of the writers. Now he has put his writing talent to work on a book of stories: One More Thing.

Penguin Cheerleaders Added To Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl

Animal Planet will air its 10th Puppy Bowl this Sunday. The show and its kitten halftime program have attracted millions of viewers in recent years. The Puppy Bowl will have some extra star power this year — the Obama dogs will kick off festivities.