Maroon 5 will headline Super Bowl LIII halftime show with guests Big Boi and Travis Scott

(CNN)After months of speculation and rumors, the NFL announced that Maroon 5 will be headlining the Super Bowl LIII halftime show in Atlanta. The NFL said if hip-hop ever got its own “Rap Mount Rushmore,” Big Boi would definitely have a place on it as Atlanta’s “foremost wordsmith” and “funkiest gentleman.” The league also said “Maroon 5, Travis Scott, and Big Boi join an esteemed list of recent halftime acts” including Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Katy Perry and Missy Elliott. News that an Atlanta hip-hop artist is performing at this year’s Super Bowl comes months after it was announced the big game would be held in music-rich Atlanta. Upon hearing the location of the game in February last year, …

‘The Dictator’s Playbook’ looks at history, with an eye on today

(CNN)“The Dictator’s Playbook” might look like history, with much of the imagery in grainy black and white. But this PBS documentary series also provides modern-day resonance — a guide to tyrants of the past, conveying lessons on how those tactics can be employed in the present. The prevailing message serves as a reminder that the methods on display carry a not-so-subtle warning that while America has been shielded from dictatorships, it is not necessarily immune from forces that have shaped and defined them. Michael Rosenfeld, a co-executive producer on the program, lived for a time as a child in Franco’s Spain, where his father was an NBC News correspondent. The idea for the series was born out of PBS’ desire …