Guest of Honor


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America Ferrera Imagines Herself in the Hero Role

America Ferrera is best known for starring as the homely office assistant with a heart in the ABC comedy "Ugly Betty." That role earned her an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and a Screen Actor's Guild award. Now she stars in the NBC sitcom "Superstore," and she talks to us about what drew her back to TV, what a lack of on-screen representation meant to her, and the one "Ugly Betty" question she can't stand.


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Monsters and Misanthropes with Guillermo del Toro

Mexican-born filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro makes horror-fantasy films, but they've brought him praise way beyond the world of genre fandom and a bunch of Oscar nominations. Rico spoke to him at the Los Angeles County Museum Of Art where there's now an exhibit of his own personal items, which includes everything from life-sized statues of Frankenstein's monster, to taxidermy, to movie collectibles.


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Coming-of-Age Tales and Claustrophobia with Craig Robinson

Craig Robinson is probably best known for his long-running role as Darryl on TV's "The Office," but there's pretty much no great comedy show he hasn't appeared in, from "Key and Peele" to "Eastbound & Down.” His new role in “Morris From America” is a departure. Robinson shares what it was like to toe the line between friend and father in “Morris From America” and reveals his deepest fear.


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Sharon Jones Tells Cancer ‘Get up and Get Out’

Sharon Jones is the unstoppable lead singer of the funk and soul band Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings The ten piece act has been releasing albums and touring the world for a decade. In 2014, they earned a Grammy nomination for Best R&B album. The year before that album came out, Sharon was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The singer talks to Brendan about her cancer battle, which was chronicled in the documentary "Miss Sharon Jones," and drawing strength from soul songs.


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Emma Cline Discusses the Cult of Her Hit First Novel

Emma Cline is author of "The Girls," this summer's hottest literary debut. The New York Times describes it as, "A seductive and arresting coming-of-age story... told in sentences at times so finely wrought they could almost be worn as jewelry." She examines the cult around cults and talks about the beauty and darkness of California.


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Shiri Appleby Digs Deep into the Ugly Realities of ‘UnREAL’

You may've seen Shiri Appleby in "Charlie Wilson's War" opposite Tom Hanks, or in her recurring role on HBO's "Girls," or starring in the series "Roswell." These days, she's known for her dark star turn as the character Rachel, in the Peabody-winning Lifetime series "UnREAL." The actor and director chats with us about what it’s like to be part of a fictional show about a non-fiction show, which sometimes borders on fiction… got it?


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D.A. Pennebaker: Witness to History

The legendary documentary director behind films like "Monterey Pop," "The War Room, and "Dont Look Back," reflects on his illustrious career, reveals what drove him to make his new film, "Unlocking the Cage," and celebrates both sides of Bob Dylan.


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Rashida Jones Shares the Secrets to Success and Satire

Rashida Jones has acted in some of the most respected comedy shows of the last decade, including "The Office" and "Parks and Recreation." These days you can see her on the TBS series "Angie Tribeca." The second season just came out. She bears wisdom to Brendan for "overdogs" and explains why the slapstick style of comedy in "Angie Tribeca" and "Airplane" could be making a comeback.


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Sebastian Junger Explores the Importance of Tribes in Modern Society

Sebastian Junger is probably best known for two works: his bestselling book "The Perfect Storm," later turned into a blockbuster starring George Clooney. And his Oscar-nominated documentary "Restrepo." In which he tagged along with US soldiers during some of the worst fighting of the Afghanistan War. His latest book is called Tribe." In it, he argues humans are predisposed to live in tribes and uses this theory to explain why civilians -- and especially soldiers -- have a hard time re-adjusting to modern life after war.