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Google honors Dorothy Irene Height


Today’s simple, striking Google homepage Doodle honors what would have been the 102nd birthday of Dorothy Irene Height.

Height was a civil and women’s rights activist who’s credited with bridging the gap between the Civil Rights and Feminist movements. She was awarded both the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004.

Height sat on the stage behind Martin Luther King Jr. as he gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, according to Time. She also co-founded the National Women’s Political Caucus with Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan. After her death in 2010, President Obama called her the “godmother of the civil rights movement.”

You can watch President Obama’s eulogy of Height below: READ FULL STORY

Ken Burns launches new iPad app

History class just got a little more interactive.

Ken Burns — the documentary filmmaker known for his style of using archival footage — partnered with digital agency Big Spaceship to create an app that curates his films into hour-long “mixtapes,” according to Wired.

The app, “Ken Burns,” allows users to surf a timeline year by year, seeing how clips from each film line up chronologically with each other. “Zoom in on 1869, for example, and a cloud of clips from The Civil War, The West, and The National Parks orbit in parallax formation around one another; swipe to 1930, and it’s clips from Jazz, Prohibition, Baseball, Huey Long, Thomas Hart Benton and The Dust Bowl. You can also watch its six playlists straight through – they range in length from 20 minutes to an hour long – or select individual clips à la carte,” according to Wired.

Released today, the app is free to download from the app store. The full, premium version of the app is $9.99. Check out an intro video/demonstration below: READ FULL STORY

'The Spoils of Babylon' premiere: Extrapolations

Ooh, now this is a weird show. IFC’s new well-stirred and visually striking vat of star soup has Will Ferrell as Eric Jonrosh, the “Author-Producer-Actor-Writer-Director-Raconteur-Bon Vivant-Legend-Fabulist” behind The Spoils of Babylon, an epic miniseries based on his own epic novel. Kristen Wiig and Tobey Maguire play the kids of Tim Robbins’ oil tycoon. Eventually Maguire’s character Devon marries a mannequin… voiced by Carey Mulligan. Even the most successful fabulists have to cut costs sometimes.

I can already tell that one must really be in the right mood to enjoy this six-episode miniseries — but I was! The format was so unexpected and I love how they created an entire production within the show. (If you’re looking for a TV show that will remind you to revisit Boogie Nights, this is the one.) It’s so exaggeratedly dumb that it can seem brilliant — and if a scene or dialogue seems lame or dragged out beyond comprehension, well, that’s just raggedy old Eric Jonrosh for you. Blame him! These poor actors are just trying to do their jobs.

Read EW’s Spoils of Babylon review here, and check out some of my favorite absurd moments from tonight’s two-part premiere, below:


CBS to live stream 1963 coverage of JFK assassination

Today is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. CBSnews.com will mark the event by replaying their Dallas, Texas and international coverage via a live stream. It begins today at 1:38 p.m. EST and will continue for four days, until Monday, Nov. 25.

The stream will open with the first breaking news bulletin that shots were fired in Dallas, then coverage from CBS anchor Walter Cronkite, national and international broadcasts, and the president’s funeral.

The livestream below will begin at 1:38 p.m. EST. READ FULL STORY

The March on Washington's 50th anniversary: Your guide to the festivities -- LIVE STREAMING VIDEO

Want to celebrate and commemorate the 50th anniversary of 1963’s historic March on Washington — and Martin Luther King Jr.’s seminal “I Have a Dream” speech? You’re in luck: Coverage of Washington, D.C.’s anniversary events will be ongoing all day, both on cable news channels and three major networks. Look below for a brief guide to the day’s most notable programs, as well as a live stream of the festivities on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. (All times are ET.)


'Mad Men' takes on Martin: A look back at how the show tackled 6 major events

Mad Men is, obviously, a period piece — but creator Matthew Weiner has been careful to prevent the series from ever feeling like That ’60s Show. Throughout its run, Weiner and his team of writers have made a habit of referencing then-current events coyly rather than using them to catalyze plots. See, for example, the way season 3’s “Wee Small Hours” mentions 1963’s March on Washington, but focuses much more on trouble at the office than that civil rights milestone.

Then again, some events are too big for Mad Men to tackle obliquely — which is why nearly every season has featured one episode that revolves around a certain historical watershed and, more specifically, how it affects the lives of every one of the show’s characters.


No HBO, no problem: Get your blood and battles fix with 'Vikings' instead

There are plenty of people out there who got sucked into the epic fantasy world of Game of Thrones on Blu-ray and DVD who are feeling a little blue with the show’s third season now airing on HBO, a channel not every Thrones fan has. It’s no secret that premium cable packages can be pretty pricy. So until season three hits stores next year, accessing the channel’s currently airing programming legally is pretty difficult.

While you wait, you could beg one of your friends to invite you over for a Thrones marathon or read the excellent books on which the series is based … or you could dive straight into a different swords and wars epic to tide yourself over. On History, Vikings stalk the vast northern landscapes instead of White Walkers and Wildlings, and we are hooked on their tales of raids, secrets, love, battle, and betrayal. You know, all the things you love about Thrones.

(The first five episodes are available on both History’s website and Hulu for your binging pleasure.)


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