Stories By: Jessica Hannan


Jessica Hannan

The Unfailing Kindness of Alan Rickman

The Unfailing Kindness of Alan Rickman

Alan Rickman died on January 14 from pancreatic cancer, but the legacy left behind far exceeds a lengthy career....

Jan 18 2016, 12:14am CST

TCA: Netflix's Sarandos Reveals over 600 hours programming

TCA: Netflix's Sarandos Reveals over 600 hours programming

Ted Sarandos used Netflix's TCA time to open up about ratings, upcoming programs, and a few teasers about what not to expe...

Jan 17 2016, 9:23pm CST

Shaun King Denies Claims of Funding Fraud

Shaun King Denies Claims of Funding Fraud

Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King's been accused of not handing over charity funding. As he points out truths, so do...

Dec 27 2015, 6:54pm CST

Germany's New Horizon: Randomly Drug Testing Pilots

Germany's New Horizon: Randomly Drug Testing Pilots

Germany's aviation agency's hoping that few changes in the pilot testing program will prevent another Germanwings tra...

Dec 27 2015, 10:20am CST

Questioning SeaWorld's Commitment to Mammal Welfare

Questioning SeaWorld's Commitment to Mammal Welfare

On December 21, 2015, SeaWorld San Antonio saw killer whale Unna die. Critics and activists wonder about the quality of care si...

Dec 26 2015, 11:18pm CST

European Commission Proposes Member State Purchasing Rights

European Commission Proposes Member State Purchasing Rights

Online shopping's started to become the norm, but Europeans show hesitation in buying from member states. The European Com...

Dec 25 2015, 11:47am CST

Daniel Stern Reveals Home Alone Secrets on Christmas Eve

Daniel Stern Reveals Home Alone Secrets on Christmas Eve

Daniel Stern's known for playing Marv in the Home Alone, a movie that catapulted him to fame 25 years ago. Find out what i...

Dec 24 2015, 11:09pm CST

Facebook Safety Check Helps Paris but Ignored Beirut Bombs

Facebook Safety Check Helps Paris but Ignored Beirut Bombs

While the world mourns for Paris's tragedy, there's a strong dissonance between safe and unsafe zones. Beirut, Lebano...

Nov 16 2015, 1:10am CST

Erecting Barriers at Berlin's East Side Gallery

Erecting Barriers at Berlin's East Side Gallery

The world watched with bated breath as the Berlin Wall fell on November 9, 1989. 26 years later and the world's watching b...

Nov 8 2015, 3:56pm CST

Without a Home: Plight of Stateless Children in Global Conflicts

Without a Home: Plight of Stateless Children in Global Conflicts

Stateless children face uncertain futures as global conflicts push migrants and refugees into safer locations. What happens to...

Nov 8 2015, 8:41am CST

Winter to Escalate European Refugee Crisis as Funds Run Low

Winter to Escalate European Refugee Crisis as Funds Run Low

As winter approaches, the European Refugee Crisis faces cold weather and overextended shelter space. The US donations of $172M...

Nov 7 2015, 1:50pm CST

TrialFunder: Providing Equality in Crowdsourcing Litigation in a Free Market

TrialFunder: Providing Equality in Crowdsourcing Litigation in a Free Market

Founders of TrialFunder aim to provide economical parity in the world of litigation. And investors offer money upfront while ea...

Nov 6 2015, 11:05pm CST

El Dia de los Muertos is more than sugar skulls and face painting

El Dia de los Muertos is more than sugar skulls and face painting

El Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, is a Latinx holiday that combines Catholic with per-Columbian traditions....

Nov 2 2015, 11:38pm CST

Days of Our Lives Continues 50 Years Anniversary at NYSE

Days of Our Lives Continues 50 Years Anniversary at NYSE

NBC's longest-running drama, Days of Our Lives, turns 50 this year and the network is pulling out all the stops to keep ca...

Oct 30 2015, 11:02pm CDT

BBC Introduces Interactive Book World War One At Home

BBC Introduces Interactive Book World War One At Home

2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the First World War. Now BBC has collected over 1400 stories and pictures to describe what...

Oct 30 2015, 9:30pm CDT

EU Leader Summit about Refugee Crisis and the Balkan Route

EU Leader Summit about Refugee Crisis and the Balkan Route

Western Balkan and Central European leaders meet to discuss the refugee crisis and the route to freedom on October 25, 2015. An...

Oct 25 2015, 8:22pm CDT

Cheryl Henson on the Center of Puppetry Arts, Jim, and the Legacy's Future

Cheryl Henson on the Center of Puppetry Arts, Jim, and the Legacy's Future

Cheryl Henson joined a collection of Sesame Street and Henson puppeteers to talk about Jim Henson at Dragon Con this year. And...

Sep 20 2015, 5:52pm CDT

Don Rosa on Disney publishing and Carl Barks

Don Rosa on Disney publishing and Carl Barks

Don Rosa sat down and discussed Disney's European comics operation that invites diversity amid the plummeting worldwide sa...

Sep 20 2015, 4:12pm CDT

 The Case of the Hugo Awards, Worldcon, and a Litter of Unhappy Puppies

The Case of the Hugo Awards, Worldcon, and a Litter of Unhappy Puppies

Every year, science fiction fans look forward to the lauded Hugo Awards. This year a slate or two of mischievous canines tried...

Aug 23 2015, 7:22pm CDT

Nashville Hotel boots Alleged Hated Group due to Activisim

Nashville Hotel boots Alleged Hated Group due to Activism

The Council of Conservative Citizens planned on a conference detailing the future of the organization in Music City. Instead ac...

Aug 23 2015, 4:39pm CDT

D23 Unveils PBS documentary American Experience: Walt Disney

D23 Unveils PBS documentary American Experience: Walt Disney

At Disney's bi-annual D23 expo, audiences viewed PBS's documentary about the company's leader in American Experi...

Aug 16 2015, 1:58pm CDT

Ferguson one year later: Mike Brown, Black Lives Matter

Ferguson one year later: Mike Brown, Black Lives Matter

August 9 marks the one year anniversary of Mike Brown's death and new civil rights demand for racial equality. What's...

Aug 9 2015, 1:13pm CDT

'Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom' Promises Strong Narrative

'Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom' Promises Strong Narrative

Global citizens watched the Ukrainian protests during the winter of 2013 and early 2014 with a bated breath, wondering who woul...

Aug 8 2015, 3:42pm CDT

MSNBC Signs Off The Cycle, Ed Schultz, and Alex Wagner; Brings in Brian Williams, Chuck Todd

MSNBC Signs Off The Cycle, Ed Schultz, and Alex Wagner; Brings in Brian Williams, Chuck Todd

MSNBC President Phil Griffin let out a bombshell, stating that The Ed Show, The Cycle, and Now with Alex Wagner were canned in...

Jul 31 2015, 10:38pm CDT

25 Years of Change through Americans with Disabilities Act

25 Years of Change through Americans with Disabilities Act

On July 26, 1990, Americans with disabilities suddenly found a Congress willing to sign an act to prevent discrimination and in...

Jul 26 2015, 3:43pm CDT

Higher Ed Tenured Women Find Facetime Failing

Higher Ed Tenured Women Find Facetime Failing

A two-part series focusing on the role of women facing tenure in higher education shows the difference in pay gap, administrati...

Jul 26 2015, 1:30pm CDT

Kate Hudson and Michael Kors Watch Hunger Stop in 2015

Kate Hudson and Michael Kors Watch Hunger Stop in 2015

Celebrities Kate Hudson and Michael Kors are looking to break a cycle by putting an end to child hunger with the United Nations...

Jul 26 2015, 12:43pm CDT

Higher Ed Tenured Women Face Difficulties in Pay, Representation Gap

Higher Ed Tenured Women Face Difficulties in Pay, Representation Gap

A two-part series focusing on the role of women facing tenure in higher education shows the difference in pay gap, administrati...

Jul 25 2015, 11:06pm CDT

Publisher Mary Liebert of Transgender Health Thanks Caitlyn Jenner

Publisher Mary Liebert of Transgender Health Thanks Caitlyn Jenner

As the trans community gains prominence in a movement for equality, Transgender Health looks to open doors and medical access i...

Jul 19 2015, 7:54pm CDT

Mammals Evolutionary Eruption in Mid-Jurassic Period

Mammals Evolutionary Eruption in Mid-Jurassic Period

Oxford University and Macquarie University researchers have concluded that mid-Jurassic mammals had an explosive evolution comp...

Jul 19 2015, 6:44pm CDT

America's Only Endangered Hine's Emerald Dragonfly Released in Illinois

America's Only Endangered Hine's Emerald Dragonfly Released in Illinois

The Hine's Emerald Dragonfly has found a new home in a forest preserve in Chicago. So what makes the species so important...

Jul 19 2015, 3:38pm CDT

T-Mobile fined $17.5 million for non-compilance on 911 outages in 2014

T-Mobile fined $17.5 million for non-compilance on 911 outages in 2014

T-Mobile faces a hefty $17.5 million fine after not complying with FCC standards and delaying in telling the agency of two outa...

Jul 18 2015, 10:50pm CDT

Projected Ant-Man $60 Million Weekend Box Office Hit, Critically Panned

Projected Ant-Man $60 Million Weekend Box Office Hit, Critically Panned

This weekend, Ant-Man opened with a modest $60 million as comic fans love Marvel's latest while critics seem to pan the mo...

Jul 18 2015, 9:16pm CDT

World Mourns on Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 First Anniversary

World Mourns on Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 First Anniversary

July 17, 2015, marked the one-year anniversary of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17's crash in the eastern Ukraine. The globa...

Jul 17 2015, 11:00pm CDT

Anne Rice uses 'lynching', Dismisses history over E.L. James and Bullies

Anne Rice uses 'lynching', Dismisses history over E.L. James and Bullies

Anne Rice has been vocally supporting non-abuse of authors on the internet for over a decade. This week the author used 'l...

Jul 4 2015, 3:29pm CDT

James Gunn Talks Guardians of the Galaxy 2 at Saturn Awards

James Gunn Talks Guardians of the Galaxy 2 at Saturn Awards

By James Gunn accepting Chris Pratt's Saturn Award, the Guardians of the Galaxy director faced media question time. So wha...

Jun 28 2015, 6:56pm CDT

What Happens When Kanye West Gets Kanyed at Glastonbury?

What Happens When Kanye West Gets Kanyed at Glastonbury?

Kanye West headlined the Glastonbury festival in Scotland on Saturday night, but found himself on the wrong end of the interrup...

Jun 28 2015, 6:12pm CDT

Ben and Jerry's says 'I Dough, I Dough' to Marriage Equality

Ben and Jerry's says 'I Dough, I Dough' to Marriage Equality

Vermont's favorite ice cream company Ben & Jerry's has just renamed their iconic Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough to I...

Jun 28 2015, 5:20pm CDT