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Brooke Gladstone Talks 'House of Cards' and Hillary Clinton

Friday, March 20, 2015

On The Media's co-host has a new podcast recapping season 3 of "House of Cards." She joined us to discuss how the show mends the real Washington with a dark, twisted political fantasy.

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WNYC Digital

The 2015 Oscar-Nominated Movies You Can Watch From Home

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Did you miss Boyhood, Grand Budapest Hotel or Gone Girl in theaters? Here's your guide to what's viewable from the couch.

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The Takeaway

The FCC Vote That May Change The Web

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Two upcoming FCC actions could fundamentally alter the future and structure of the Internet. One former FCC commissioner explains what you need to know.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Internet Inequality, Combating Catcalling, and Lobbying Lawyers

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Takeaway explores the FCC and net neutrality, a viral video about street harassment, and the influence of lobbyists on state attorneys general. 

The Takeaway

‘House of Cards’ Vs. ‘VEEP’: What Washington Insiders Really Think

Monday, August 25, 2014

Television loves Washington, and apparently so do viewers. We asked some inside-the-Beltway experts how 'VEEP' and 'House of Cards' stack up.  

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The Takeaway

Sen. Al Franken: Save the Future of Media

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Before he was elected to Congress, Senator Al Franken was best known for being on the cast of Saturday Night Live. Once in the Senate, Franken became a leading critic of NBC's merger with Comcast. He's now examining the potential Comcast-Time Warner deal.

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The Takeaway

David Simon & Beau Willimon on Big Data TV

Friday, April 25, 2014

Beau Willimon, screenwriter and show runner of the American "House of Cards," and David Simon, creator and writer of "The Wire" and "Treme," discuss the benefits and drawbacks of data-driven entertainment, and the evolving field of television.

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The Takeaway

'House of Cards' Story Mirrors Real D.C. Vote

Monday, March 10, 2014

The battle between Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Claire McCaskill over a military sexual assault bill sounds eerily familiar if you've been keeping up with Season Two of "House of Cards." 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Brian Lehrer Weekend

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Netflix/Comcast Deal (First) | How Google Hires (Starts at 18:30) | Stanley McChrystal (Starts at 34:40)

We're trying something new on the Brian Lehrer Show -- three of our favorite segments from the week, edited together to listen to on the weekend, in case you missed them. If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.

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On The Media

Netflix Has (Kind of, Sort of, Not Really) Invented A Way to Pause Your Movie When You Fall Asleep

Friday, February 28, 2014

Netflix says they've invented a way to automatically pause your movie once you fall asleep. But will it really happen, or is this just a hovercar?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Netflix Pays Up. What's It Mean?

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Netflix is now paying Comcast to make sure its streaming service is smooth - so what does that mean for customers (and the other major broadband companies)?

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Slate Political Gabfest

The Political Gabfest: The You're No Frank Underwood Edition

Friday, February 21, 2014

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon, and Slate political editor Will Dobson. This week: Is Ukraine headed for war? Are unions headed for extinction? And is House of Cards any good?

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The Takeaway

The Truth About Netflix's 'House of Cards'

Monday, February 17, 2014

Early Friday morning, Netflix released the entire second season of its show "House of Cards." Though Netflix refuses to release the viewership numbers, when looking at the hype online, and the estimates by one internet provider that 15 percent of their Netflix subscribers watched the show over the weekend, it's safe to say that the show is a hit. But just how realistic is the show about a corrupt majority whip? A real former whip—Congressman David Bonior—joins us today to share his insights.

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WNYC Digital

The 2014 Oscar-Nominated Movies You Can Watch From Home

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Whether you're an Oscar completist or you want to score in the smaller categories on your office Oscar ballot—here's your guide to the movies that aren't in theaters anymore. 

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The Takeaway

New Movie Releases: "Hank: Five Years Later" and "Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve"

Friday, September 13, 2013

Two new documentaries—“Money For Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve” and “Hank: Five Years from the Brink"—look at the financial meltdown five years later. Do they tell the truth? And are they any good? We've got two perspectives. One, from WNYC’s economics editor, Charlie Herman. The other, from Movie Date co-host Kristen Meinzer.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: The Duchess Has a Vagina Edition

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss the new Netflix show "Orange Is the New Black" and the documentary "The Art of Killing," and Simon Doonan joins them to talk about the British royal baby phenomenon.

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The Takeaway

Netflix Earnings: Artificial Bubble or Success Story?

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

It was announced yesterday that Netflix has not only become the best performing U.S. stock in the Standard and Poor’s Index for 2013, it's also the second most expensive. Weighing in on the rise of Netflix—and whether the success can last—is Laura Hudson, culture and entertainment editor for Wired Magazine.

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The Takeaway

John Hodgman on the End of the World

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Humorist, writer, and Daily Show "resident expert" John Hodgman has been thinking about the end of the world, and joking about it for the past year on stages across America. His new special documents the last night of his doomsaying tour. It’s called “Ragnarok” (as in the Norse mythology version of the end of the world). “Ragnarok” will be available exclusively on Netflix tomorrow, June 20.

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The Takeaway

The Return of 'Arrested Development'

Monday, May 27, 2013

It’s been seven long years - seven of the longest - for fans of the TV series with the ultimate cult following: Arrested Development. Yesterday, 15 new episodes were released exclusively on Netflix, and no doubt, fans around the country didn’t leave their houses for roughly seven hours straight. Will Leitch is contributing editor for New York Magazine. Earlier this month, he wrote a piece called “The Persistent Cult of Arrested Development.”

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The Takeaway

More Reasons to Cancel Cable

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

As Netflix rolls out original programming like "House of Cards," it's taken the spotlight as a competitor to traditional cable networks.  Soon however,  the network will have additional competition from the likes of Amazon and Microsoft's X-box, as well as other providers. 
Brian Stelter, media reporter for our partner The New York Times, says that online programming is likely the future of television -- and that cable networks should be wary.

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