We asked NASA astronauts: What movies get space exploration right?

Space is a very attractive setting for a movie—it’s the promise of mystery, the thrill of adventure, and the horror of the unknown, all wrapped up in a neat, often gorgeous package. The problem is that there aren’t many people who have been to space, so movies often have to guess and/or improvise the details. NASA…

Pat Bertoletti walks us through the predictably gross world of competitive eating 

The world of competitive eating is bizarre, fascinating, and often gross. Helping us make sense of the madness is ex-competitive eater and former wing-eating champion of the world Patrick Bertoletti. In the video above, he walks us through the preparation and horrifying aftermath of a standard eating competition.

Former Obama speechwriter on what Trump gets wrong at the podium

Jon Lovett worked as a speechwriter for Hillary Clinton in the Senate and for Barack Obama in his first term as president. Earlier this year, he launched a weekly podcast, Lovett Or Leave It, where he’s joined by comedians, actors, and journalists to discuss the week’s top news. At the Now Hear This podcast festival,…

Dee Bradley Baker on how he came up with Olmec’s voice on Legends Of The Hidden Temple

On Nickelodeon’s Legends Of The Hidden Temple, kids completed obstacle courses and answered trivia questions to uncover the secrets behind “hidden temples” guarded by an Olmec, voiced by Dee Bradley Baker, who has lent his voice to Spider-Man villains, flying bisons and winged lemurs, and the Tazmanian Devil in Space…

Breathe composer discusses his approach to crafting the film’s score

The new film Breathe explores the life of Robin Cavendish, a former disability rights advocate who was paralyzed from the neck down after contracting polio at age 28. Cavendish traveled the world and worked with his wife to improve the mobility and quality of life of people with disabilities. In the video above,…

We asked The Carter Effect director: How does he know when a story warrants a documentary?

Filmmaker Sean Menard has spent most of his career directing and producing documentaries, including Uninterrupted’s The Carter Effect. Executive-produced by Drake, the documentary explores the impact NBA All-Star Vince Carter had on the Canadian basketball scene when he signed with the Toronto Raptors in 1998. We…

We asked Obama staffers: What do civilians not understand about the presidency?

In The Final Year, filmmaker Greg Barker followed President Barack Obama’s foreign policy team as it attempted to shape international policy in the last year of his presidency. After the film’s premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, we spoke with Barker and two members of that foreign policy…

Being the voice of the Taco Bell dog was Carlos Alazraqui’s easiest paycheck

Carlos Alazraqui is best known for his extensive voice work, including being the original voice of Rocko and Spunky on Rocko’s Modern Life, and his live action work as Deputy James Garcia on Reno 911! One lesser-known credit to his name is the “Taco Bell chihuahua” of the late ’90s. Earlier this year, Alazraqui was…