If, as historian James Truslow Adams defined it in his 1931 book The Epic of America, the American dream is a "dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement," then Hollywood is the glittering factory in which this dream is manufactured and distributed across a nation, and exported to the rest of the world.

The 1994 cult classic TV show “My So-Called Life” launched the careers of Claire Danes and Jared Leto and was a critical success, but was canceled after one season.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young sat down with Winnie Holzman and hundreds of fans at a screening of the show’s pilot, for a talk about writing about teens and female friendships – even between witches. Holzman also wrote the book for the stage musical “Wicked.”

When Stephen Colbert takes over the Late Show tonight on CBS, he'll have a new partner in crime on stage: pianist Jon Batiste.


Thinking about ditching the dish or cutting the cable? But you still want to watch the TV entertainment that everyone is talking about? Now might be the time to quit paying that monthly cable bill. 

There’s a growing number of options to watch popular programs - Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime. These have been the go-to web streaming services. But then marry them with the free off-air programming available from local network affiliates then a viewer will find plenty of programming. However, what about wall-to-wall news and sports? Sling TV is promising to fill that void.

Some retired Texas Rangers take an epic journey driving a herd of cattle from Texas to Montana. You know what we're talking about, right?

A couple of hints: 1989, TV miniseries – it was a book first.

Commentator WF Strong says there's something all Texans really should know about Larry McMurtry's "Lonesome Dove." Actually – make that a dozen things. Note: minor spoilers ahead.