Actor George Takei joined Norman Lear, Marla Gibbs, Mimi Kennedy and George Wallace in calling for more stories in entertainment about the vibrant lives of older adults.

Our Winter 2023 newsletter spotlights five Hollywood veterans who say entertainment needs more stories about the vibrant lives of older adults; changing the narratives about breast cancer in young women; Anderson Cooper exploring death and grief; scoring your favorite entertainment when it comes to depicting plastic pollution; and the language of the future. Read more

Our fall newsletter spotlighted the 2022 Sentinel Awards, our first live red-carpet event in three years, which drew celebrities including Quinta Brunson (Abbott Elementary); Hannah Einbinder and Paul W. Downs (Hacks); Sarah Podemski (Reservation Dogs); Allison Miller (A Million Little Things); Sara Tomko (Resident Alien); and Shoniqua Shandai, Jerrie Johnson and Meagan Good (Harlem).

Our fall newsletter spotlighted the 2022 Sentinel Awards, our first live red-carpet event in three years; the five winners of the Blue Sky Scriptwriting Contest; changing the way we talking about dying; and the third Sunnylands storytelling retreat that brought together experts and showrunners to explore how popular entertainment can help build an equitable society. Read more

Producer Norman Lear, Lear Center Director Martin Kaplan, and HH&S Director Kate Folb talk about "the small and mighty team" whose work has focused on inspiring and supporting fact-based TV entertainment that makes a difference in viewers' lives.

The Summer newsletter spotlights the HH&S story; a celebration of Norman Lear’s 100th birthday; our “lunch and learn” webcasts on possible solutions to the climate change emergency and AI’s impact on aging; the big picture on plastic waste; and updates on how we’re living with drought. Read more

Actress Alyssa Milano breaks down the unknown history of abortion in the U.S.

The Spring 2022 newsletter spotlights posts about our Blue Sky Scriptwriting Contest; actress Alyssa Milano breaking down the unknown history of abortion in the U.S.; poor reviews for the business side of Hollywood when it comes to diversity; the return of the ATX Festival; and how robots could fill a critical care gap in long-term care facilities, ravaged by the pandemic. Read more

There’s been rapid advances in lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS), which use AI to identify, select and kill targets without human control—nations including the U.S. are spending billions in research and testing.

Winter 2022 featured our webinar on healthcare workers in pandemic crisis, a series of PSAs we made to encourage vaccinations in Black and Latino communities, a study on plastic pollution in scripted TV shows, the rapid advances in lethal autonomous weapons, and how ageism could compromise artificial intelligence when it comes to the care of older adults. Read more

Two of the 12 honorees for the Sentinel Awards were recognized for the topic of mental health. An episode of Disney Junior's "Muppet Babies" titled “Rowlf Gets the Blues” highlighted the issue of children's emotional well-being.

Our Fall 2021 newsletter highlighted mental health, beginning with two of the honorees for the Sentinel Awards. There's also Goober the Clown on "clown abortions"; transforming caregiving for older adults; two sisters on different paths when faced with breast cancer risk; and a future with slaughterbots. Read more

“The Black Birth Experience” brought experts and TV writers together to discuss why Black women are more likely to die from pregnancy or childbirth than women in any other race group. Photo: iStock

Our Summer 2021 newsletter featured “The Black Birth Experience: Challenges, Joys and Justice”; the latest video we made with Life Noggin studios on our best shot to end the pandemic; our upcoming panel on how the true story surrounding the atomic bombing of Hiroshima was uncovered; and a look at our expanded research web pages. Read more