Japan’s traditional high-school baseball regimen has produced some of the world’s biggest baseball stars. But critics say the tough approach borders on child abuse. Is there a better way? A Wall Street Journal short documentary by George Nishiyama.
“On stage or in the movies I could do whatever I wanted to. I was free,” said Gene Wilder in March 2007 in conversation with Ms. magazine founding editor Letty Cottin Pogrebin.
“Learning how to die is therefore learning how to live,” said Philip Seymour Hoffman in conversation with Simon Critchley recorded live at the Rubin Museum of Art on Dec 22, 2012.
An ABC documentary special from 1974 that remembers the actor James Dean. He took part in just three movies before he died in a car crash in 1955. Host Peter Lawford interviews Sammy Davis Jr., among others, in this television special.
The BBC and PBS’ American Masters documentary series produced this documentary about Neil Young, a prolific Canadian rock and folk artist. “The 80s were really good,” says Young in the film. “The 80s were like artistically very strong for me.”
A stand-up comedy special starring comedian Paul Mooney with other comedians featured in sitcom-like cut scenes between Mooney’s regular stand-up routine. Topics covered include: The September 11th terrorist attacks, the “N” word, interracial marriage, Jerry Springer, and white people being obsessed with wild animals to the point of being in danger or being killed.
Alexia Tsotsis, co-editor at TechCrunch, talks to Sophia Amoruso of Nasty Gal about her new book “#GirlBoss,” her philosophies, and how Amoruso built her online clothing company that racks up more than $100 million in sales each year.
Before DNA testing, prosecutors relied on less sophisticated forensic techniques, including microscopic hair analysis, to put criminals behind bars. But how reliable was hair analysis?
“Stop lighting the audience. Stop it. Let me do my show for Christ’s sake,” barks Billy Joel before ransacking the stage while continuing to sing “Sometimes A Fantasy.”
On December 14, 2012, a young black high school student named Corey Stingley was aggressively restrained after he tried to shoplift alcohol from a neighborhood store. Three white men held Corey to the ground, “squeezing the hell out of him,” according to an eyewitness. When the police arrived, he was no longer breathing. He died two weeks later from brain injuries resulting from asphyxiation. The men who restrained him were never charged. Corey’s story is painfully similar to those of young black men across the country. Did his skin color preemptively decide his fate in the American justice system? VICE News follows Corey’s father, Craig, as he seeks justice in the hyper-segregated Wisconsin city of West Allis, and mourns the death of his son.
Wall Street has found weed, and it’s raising millions for the ride as the industry is poised for a massive expansion, ultimately reaching $40 to $50 billion, in the United States alone. And Patrick Kennedy talks about his problems with addiction and how Big Marijuana is a real threat.
Elaine Stritch died Thursday. This sketch is about her date, when she was 17, with Marlon Brando. They attended the same acting school at the time. The excellent new documentary “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me” was released in February. You can rent it and watch it here.