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IPod + Alzheimer’s = Miracle! (Plus More New Documentaries)

Posted on 07/8/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

Entertainment  Alive Inside (Theaters, July 18) Can music do more to help Alzheimer’s patients than any medication? Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit Music & Memory, makes his case for the affirmative in this deeply moving film in which  patients—some of them unresponsive for years—flicker to life (and sometimes explode into song) the moment they hear music from their past. You’ll rush from the theater to buy an iPod for someone you know.     Life Itself (Theaters, July 4) …

Tom Bergeron Hosts PBS July Fourth Show

Posted on 07/2/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentTom Bergeron loves hosting live TV shows. No surprise, then, to hear him rhapsodize about his upcoming emcee duties for A Capitol Fourth on PBS; it’s a super-sized version of his thrill of choice. “To walk out on that stage on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, in front of hundreds of thousands of people on the National Mall — and knowing you’re being beamed to millions more around the world — is one of the highlights of my …

Grace Lee Boggs: Still a Revolutionary at Age 99

Posted on 06/27/2014 by |Best Life | Comments

Bulletin Today | Your LifeAt 99, Grace Lee Boggs is rather matter-of-fact when you ask her about aging:  “It’s like preparing for disability,” she deadpans. “You have a lot of time to think and a lot to think about. I have reflected more on particular episodes of my life than I ever thought I would.” Boggs has had quite a life to reflect on. The story of the erudite daughter of Chinese immigrants who morphed into a civil rights and black power activist in …

Death Becomes Downton: It’s Still Great

Posted on 01/5/2014 by |Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentWho needs Matthew Crawley? That may be the question lingering in the minds of Downton Abbey fans after Sunday’s dishy two-hour season premiere on PBS stations.  The opening episode of Season Four was a welcome return to form — that being high class soap opera — and it reversed most of the sluggishness that accompanied the final episodes of Season Three. Picking up six months after Downton heir and resident hunk Matthew Crawley’s (Dan Stevens) stunning death-by-automobile-crash in the finale of …

Stiff Upper Lips Rejoice: ‘Downton Abbey’ Returns

Posted on 01/3/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentThe holidays are over, but to an awful lot of TV viewers Downton Abbey creator/writer Julian Fellowes is Santa Claus and this weekend’s season premiere is their most anticipated Christmas present of the year. Of course, Fellowes did leave fans with a rather unpleasant lump of coal at the end of last year’s finale.  We’d all been tipped that a major character was going to go to that great Afternoon Tea in the Sky, but virtually no one was prepared …

‘Last Tango in Halifax’: Love, Aged to Perfection

Posted on 09/6/2013 by |Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentThe rekindling of long-lost love is at the center of Last Tango in Halifax, the sterling new drama premiering Sunday at 8 p.m. on PBS stations (check local listings). Already a hit in the U.K. — it won Best Drama Series at this year’s British Academy Television Awards — it arrives in the U.S. just a few weeks before the start of a new network-TV season. It’s easily the fall’s best new series, albeit a short one: just six episodes. …