Kelly Clarkson officially launching a daytime talk show

Everything We Know About Kelly Clarkson’s New Talk Show This article originally appeared on Entertainment Weekly . For more stories like this, visit ew.com . EW.COM/James Hibberd Sep 19, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
The rumors are true: Kelly Clarkson is launching her own daytime talk show.
The Kelly Clarkson Show will premiere in the fall, 2019.
The one-hour series stars The Voice coach and Grammy winner and will serve as a lead into Ellen on NBC-owned stations.
“I love connecting with people, playing games, music and finding ways to help or give back to communities/organizations,” Clarkson said in a statement. “Having my own talk show where I get to do all of these things is pretty much a dream job!”
The new show is described as “a fun, energetic show that breaks with tradition. In each episode audiences will experience an hour full of remarkable stories, celebrity guests, spontaneous surprises, humor, heart and, of course, good music! It’s like a weekday brunch party with a fascinating guest list of people who would otherwise never meet.”
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Added Valari Staab, President, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations: “She’s genuine, warm, fun and interacts with her fans in a meaningful way. Throughout her career people of all ages and backgrounds have related to her openness, honesty and curiosity. She will be the perfect companion to Ellen , providing an afternoon of great television.”
Reports that Clarkson was working on the project began leaking earlier in the year. The singer then apparently inadvertently mentioned the news ahead of the planned Wednesday morning announcement on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon . Show Transcript

The CIA has declassified a bunch of jokes. Here are the best ones

The CIA has declassified a bunch of jokes. Here are the best ones National Post 21 mins ago Tristin Hopper © Pete Souza, National Archives, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library A photo of Ronald Reagan laughing at the punchline of his own joke aboard Air Force One. Reagan may have tasked his CIA with digging up the era’s best Soviet jokes. As historian Gene Zubovich helpfully pointed out this week , the CIA is apparently sitting on an impressive collection of jokes.
In recent years, the U.S. intelligence agency has declassified more than a million Cold War-era documents. The National Post sifted through the pile in a search for the funny parts, and found these highlights.
This is from a document entitled “Soviet Jokes” that was prepared for the CIA’s deputy director in the 1980s. The jokes were all told amongst Soviets themselves, and were apparently gathered by CIA operatives . This one involves Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev who, despite his aggressive campaign of government reforms, wasn’t able to fully assuage the his people’s desire to assassinate him.
New York lawyer James Donovan specialized as a U.S. diplomatic negotiator in the early 1960s, and was instrumental in the freeing of captured spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers as well as the release of 9,000 Americans captured by Cuba in the failed Bay of Pigs invasion. He’s also one of a growing list of historical figures to have been portrayed by Tom Hanks, in the 2015 film Bridge of Spies. And like most New Yorkers, Donovan apparently had a penchant for shooting off his mouth. This is an excerpt of a press account detailing how, during prisoner negotiations with Fidel Castro, Donovan threatened to succeed him as Cuban leader.
Speaking of Castro, after the Bay of Pigs the Cuban dictator scoffed that he would gladly return his American prisoners in exchange for a few hundred tractors. In response, Eleanor Roosevelt immediately formed a committee to round up enough tractors to bring the boys home. This is from a 1961 press report that was placed in the Senate record, and it details Cuba’s shock at discovering that the tractor joke was taken seriously.
Another zinger from the “Soviet Jokes” document. Late in his presidency, Ronald Reagan became fond of telling crowds that he had a “new hobby” of “collecting” dissident Soviet jokes. This may be evidence that one of the CIA’s duties under Reagan was to flesh out the president’s joke collection.
This August, 1988 document is not a joke, but it does detail a workplace incident involving jokes . Apparently, CIA employees were using the agency’s rudimentary computer network to circulate a mysterious file known identified only as the “Sicko Jokes” — and this is an order demanding that they be tracked down and identified. None of the specific “sicko jokes” are cited, but this may be one of history’s first instances of off-colour humour being circulated by electronic means.
This is also from the “Soviet Jokes” document, and a version of it would become a favourite of Reagan himself . The president even told it during a summit meeting with Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev, and reported getting a laugh in response.
This is from a 1982 speech by President Ronald Reagan at CIA headquarters . He led the address with this Irish joke, noting “it’s one of the few stories that I can tell now since ethnic jokes are a no-no.”
Despite what Hollywood would have you believe, most CIA work is staggeringly boring. Gathering intelligence means hours of combing through transcripts, press accounts and anything else that might remotely affect national security. Apparently, this included scrutinizing jokes by Mort Sahl, generally considered the founder of modern stand-up comedy . This is from an interview with Sahl by the Washington Post. The CIA clipped out the article and underlined this joke, as well as the description of Sahl as a “so-called beatnik comedian.”
And one more from the “Soviet Jokes” document. The Russian skill for cynical humour has not died with the fall of communism. Here’s a more recent one: The ghost of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin appears before Russian president Vladimir Putin and says, “I’ve got two pieces of advice for you; kill your political opponents and paint the Kremlin blue.” Putin replies, “Why blue?”
In 1954 the CIA orchestrated the overthrow of the democratically elected government of Guatemala, replacing it with a U.S.-friendly military dictatorship. Amidst arming Guatemalan rebels, the CIA issued this order to collect anti-government jokes that could be broadcast into the country in order to undermine public confidence. “The emphasis is to be placed on the fact that jokes must be of a current nature so that they will be of interest when heard over the radio a few days later,” it reads.
There were no opinion polls in the Communist Bloc, so the CIA was often left to gauge the public mood by figuring out what kind of jokes were floating around. This joke was particularly popular, and a version of it has existed in dozens of Communist or authoritarian countries. This is from a press clipping that was filed and classified by the CIA simply because it contained a mention of their agency.
Remember the “Murphy the Spy” joke that Reagan used to bring down the house at the CIA in 1982? When his vice-president George H.W. Bush spoke at the agency three years later, he figured he would also need to lead with a joke. So he chose this , clearly labeling it under “humor” in his speaking notes.
Bush wasn’t the only one to struggle with joke-telling. This is a letter sent to the CIA’s then deputy director, future secretary of defense Robert Gates. In it, a subordinate gives him this “all-but-fool-proof” joke to yuk it up during a speech to an outside agency.
This is from a 1985 Associated Press story. It may not be a tremendously funny joke, but becomes much funnier when considering that it too became a classified CIA document soon after its release . Only in 2012, after carefully “sanitizing” the document, did the CIA feel secure in declassifying it.
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5 Reasons Why Your Kid Should Read Banned Books

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What do The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn , The Catcher in the Rye , The Great Gatsby , Native Son , To Kill a Mockingbird , Fahrenheit 451 and The Adventures of Captain Underpants have in common? At one time or other, someone has tried to ban them from classrooms and public or school libraries.
The American Library Association (ALA)—champions of free access to books and information—launched Banned Books Week in 1982 to celebrate the freedom to read. Libraries, bookstores, publishers and teachers across the country use the week—this year it’s Sept. 23-29—to highlight great books that people have banned and to spark a discussion about censorship. At Common Sense Media, we think reading banned books offers families a chance to celebrate reading and promote open access to ideas, both of which are keys to raising a lifelong reader .
Why do people ban books ? Often it’s for religious or political reasons: An idea, a scene or a character in the book offends their religion, sense of morality or political view. Some folks feel they need to protect children from the cursing, morally offensive behavior or racially insensitive language in a book. Or they think a book’s content is too violent or too sexual.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian remains a popular summer read, despite being challenged in schools.
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The Civil War novel The Red Badge of Courage has been banned for its graphic depictions of war. The edgy teen bestseller The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky) has been banned for its descriptions of sexual behavior and alcohol and drug use. Profanity and an explicit scene featuring oral sex got Looking for Alaska (John Green) on the banned list. And Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian has been banned for religious irreverence, discussion of masturbation, and offensive language, including the N-word.
Who’s challenging these books? Parents, school board members, individuals, groups—yet what’s considered offensive may depend on the era or specific community. As the ALA argues, these challenges pose a threat to freedom of speech and choice—freedoms that Americans hold dear and are worth standing up for.
Here are five good reasons for kids to read banned books:
The Outsiders is a timeless favorite that has inspired generations of readers.
amazon.com 1. Today’s edgy is tomorrow’s classic.
Original work pushes boundaries in topic, theme, plot and structure. What’s shocking today may be assigned in English class five or 10 years from now if it has true literary merit. The Great Gatsby is a high school staple today, but was shocking when its gin-soaked pages were published in 1925. 2. There’s more to a book than the swear words in it.
Many books have been banned for language that your kid has encountered before or will soon. Even potty humor (like in Captain Underpants ) has caused people to call for a ban. A character’s language may add realism to the story, or it may seem gratuitous or distracting—your kid can evaluate. 3. Kids crave relatable books .
Banned books often deal with subjects that are realistic, timely and topical. Young people may find a character going through exactly what they are, which makes it a powerful reading experience and helps the reader sort out thorny issues like grief, divorce, sexual assault, bullying, prejudice and sexual identity. The compelling teen rebels story The Outsiders has been banned, yet many middle schoolers cite it as the book that turned them into a reader.
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is often considered one of the greatest children’s books ever written.
amazon.com 4. Controversial books are a type of virtual reality.
Exploring complex topics like sexuality, violence, substance abuse, suicide and racism through well-drawn characters lets kids contemplate morality and vast aspects of the human condition, build empathy for people unlike themselves, and possibly discover a mirror of their own experience. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is an eye-opening story of an African-American family facing racism in 1930s Mississippi, yet it’s been banned for having racial slurs. 5. They’ll kick off a conversation.
What did people find so disturbing in a book that they wanted to ban it, and to what extent was it a product of its time, or did it defy social norms of its era? For example, Harry Potter was banned by people who felt it promoted magic. Reading a challenged book is a learning experience and can help your kids define their own values and opinions of its content.
— Regan McMahon for Common Sense Media
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