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The Dilemma With Dong From 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt'

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Dong's character in the show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has raised eyebrows. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to NPR's Kat Chow about whether his character pushes against stereotypes, or reinforces them.

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Drinking With 'Mad Men': Cocktail Culture And The Myth Of Don Draper

Sunday, April 05, 2015

The culture of retro cocktails that the show helped reignite is intriguing, considering how much of Mad Men is actually about excessive — even abusive — drinking.

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'So That Happened:' Confessions Of A Duck-Man

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Actor Jon Cryer's new memoir details his life in show business, including, of course, co-star Charlie Sheen's meltdown. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says Cryer's a smart guy who's often been overlooked.

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Michelle Obama's 'Evolution Of Mom Dancing' Is Back With Part 2

Friday, April 03, 2015

On The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon and the first lady dug out their cardigans to dance the "This Ol' Thing? I Got It At Talbots."

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Fresh Air

The PBS Version Of 'Wolf Hall' Unfolds Like A Real-Life House Of Cards

Friday, April 03, 2015

The show, based on Hilary Mantel's acclaimed novel, stars Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII's chief minister. Critic John Powers says it's darkly lit, finely acted and thoroughly compelling.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Kimmy Schmidt' And Derivative Culture

Friday, April 03, 2015

On this week's show, we're joined by our pal Kat Chow for a talk about the Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and the line between inspired and derivative when it comes to culture.

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Morning Edition

The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same As 'Mad Men' Winds Down

Friday, April 03, 2015

AMC's award-winning drama Mad Men returns for its final season Sunday. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says these last seven installments explore how little people change, even in tumultuous times.

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All Things Considered

BuzzFeed Writer's Stolen Phone Sparks Chinese Viral Sensation

Thursday, April 02, 2015

BuzzFeed writer Matt Stopera tells NPR's Melissa Block about his trip to China to meet "Brother Orange" — the man who bought Stopera's stolen iPhone and started a sensation on Chinese Twitter.

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Jokes, Fights And Controversy In A Frictionless Void

Thursday, April 02, 2015

The way conversation works in the age of Twitter, it's hard to figure out where to pause and put a controversy in perspective once it's underway.

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Megachurch Founder, Televangelist Robert Schuller Dies At 88

Thursday, April 02, 2015

The pastor who built his church from nothing in the 1960s also launched the Hour of Power broadcast a decade later. By 2010, however, the palatial Crystal Cathedral was forced into bankruptcy.

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Trevor Noah Is A Quarter Jewish. Does That Make His Anti-Semitic Jokes OK?

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Trevor Noah, a 31-year-old South African with a global following, appeared on The Daily Show three times before he got the nod as Jon Stewart's replacement. Now he's in hot water over some old tweets.

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Fresh Air

New Frank Sinatra Documentary Charts His Professional Ups And Downs

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Alex Gibney intersperses recently unearthed concert footage from 1971 with vintage and newly recorded interviews to make Sinatra: All or Nothing At All. It's illuminating and by no means a puff piece.

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Fresh Air

From 'Banana' To 'Cucumber,' New Series Spans The Spectrum Of Sex

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Cucumber tells the adventures of a middle-aged gay man; Banana is a series of short stories. Russell T. Davies, who made Queer As Folk, says the titles came from a scientific institute in Switzerland.

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Patton Oswalt Tweets In Defense Of Comedy — And Trevor Noah

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

South African comedian Trevor Noah has been criticized for some tweets that critics say are sexist and anti-Semitic. Among his supporters is Oswalt, who took to Twitter to make his point.

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Advice For Trevor Noah From The 'Jon Stewart Of South Africa'

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Daily Show isn't the only fake news show around. South Africa has Late Nite News, starring comedian Loyiso Gola. We asked him how he feels about Noah's new job — and what advice he has to offer.

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All Things Considered

New 'Daily Show' Host Faces Criticism Over Questionable Tweets

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Less than 24 hours after "The Daily Show" made its announcement, new host Trevor Noah is facing backlash over tweets he posted where he ridicules Jews, lesbians and overweight women.

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Trevor Noah, Jon Stewart's Replacement, Goes From Hero To Villain In 24 Hours

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Soon after it was announced that Noah will host The Daily Show, it emerged that some of his tweets mocked women and Jews — tweets that critics have called sexist and anti-Semitic.

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The Ups And Downs Of 'Younger' Life

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Sutton Foster stars in a new comedy about a woman who learns that there are a lot of ways to be hassled over your age.

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All Things Considered

Jon Stewart's Replacement Is Unlikely Choice For 'The Daily Show'

Monday, March 30, 2015

"The Daily Show" replaces departing host Jon Stewart with South African comedian Trevor Noah. He is a relatively unknown comedian and an unlikely choice for the program.

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5 Thoughts On Trevor Noah Taking Over 'The Daily Show'

Monday, March 30, 2015

South African comedian Trevor Noah was announced Monday as the next host of The Daily Show. It might not be the most obvious pick, but why make the most obvious pick?

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