This Is the Interview About His Ancestor Ben Affleck Tried to Suppress

Ben Affleck really didn’t want people to know that one of his distant ancestors owned slaves—going so far as to lobby celebrity genealogy TV show Finding Your Roots to suppress the segment in which that ancestor is discussed. But we got our hands on a copy of the script—and now you can read the mild interview that… » 4/23/15 9:46am 4/23/15 9:46am

Bette Davis Talking About Gender Roles in 1963: Awesome

The latest installment of PBS's wonderful series Blank on Blank, in which they pair old interviews with famous people with wonderful animations, is here! And it features the illustrious Bette Davis, speaking about being outspoken and intelligent in her line of business and how the experience of being a woman has… » 9/30/14 5:45pm 9/30/14 5:45pm

If Lullabies Are Meant to Soothe, Why Are They So Majorly Fucked Up?

Here's the last thing I want to hear about as I'm falling asleep: A baby, alone in a treetop, ready to fall over and sustain horrible injuries and/or die, if not from the fall, then from the wolves that will likely come eat it. That's fucked up, so why do parents continue singing this shit at tiny babies? Turns out… » 8/14/14 1:50pm 8/14/14 1:50pm

Invite-Only Oceanside Conference Vows to "Reset the Agenda for Women"

Makers began as a documentary about the history of women's equality developed by AOL and PBS, but seems to have morphed into a brand of its own. Next week, Makers is hosting a three-day conference where Sheryl Sandberg, Eric Schmidt, Tim Armstrong, and others plan to "reset the agenda for women in the workplace in the… » 2/03/14 8:59pm 2/03/14 8:59pm

The Official Downton Abbey T-Shirts Are Simply Horrid

We got excited when we received an email with the subject line "DOWNTON ABBEY T-SHIRT LINE!!"… But then we opened the attachment and saw the image above. Major disappointment, PBS. Lord Grantham would not approve. The only items in the store we can get behind are the weekend shirt and the logo tote. Let's allow the… » 12/07/12 2:00pm 12/07/12 2:00pm

The Late, Great Mister Rogers Best Articulated The Need For Continued…

A 1969 clip of Fred Rogers sitting before the US Senate Subcommittee and imploring members to reconsider Nixon's proposed funding cuts to the children's educational channel has resurfaced with new relevance in the wake of Mitt Romney's similar threat. Beware, for if you are a crier like yours truly, this intersection… » 10/06/12 5:45pm 10/06/12 5:45pm

Rick Santorum Sometimes Kills Things He Loves, Says Rick Santorum

Frothy lunatic politician Rick Santorum has been serving as a sort of reluctant surrogate for his formal rival Mittens Romney since he finally conceded the Republican Presidential nomination earlier this year. But that doesn't mean he's gotten any less terrible, or delightfully insane. The latest gem from the mouth of… » 10/05/12 1:00pm 10/05/12 1:00pm