Reality Television

On The Media

You're Being Manipulated by Reality Television (Music)

Friday, August 22, 2014

We all know that Americans watch a lot of TV. On the Media producer Laura Mayer reports on the role music plays in one of the medium’s most popular genres - reality television.

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On The Media

I Want My Slow TV!

Friday, August 01, 2014

Who needs “Duck Dynasty” or “Real Housewives” when you can watch a log burn for eight hours? A Norwegian network is taking reality TV to the next level by airing really calming stuff for long periods of time, like five continuous days of a ferry ride. 

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On The Media

I want my slow TV!

Friday, July 12, 2013

The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation has been creating some of the world's slowest TV - shows like a 7 hour train ride or 18 hours of salmon fishing. Norwegian audiences are loving it. Brooke speaks with Rune Moklebust of the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation about why he thinks so-called "boring TV" is actually quite exciting.

Nina Rota - Il Casanova di Federico Fellini 

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On The Media

Reality TV is Even Faker Than You Think

Friday, December 28, 2012

Reality TV — the very institution that has saved the medium by delivering high ratings at low cost — has also pretty much defiled the culture in all the obvious ways. What is perhaps less than obvious is how manufactured and unspontaneous it all is. To understand the reality behind the unreality of reality TV, we spoke to a former producer of such fare. The anonymous producer tells Bob about some of the elaborate staging and scripting he participated in while helping produce these shows.


Dwight Twilley Band - TV

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The X-Factor And The Voice: Head To Head

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Reality singing shows The Voice and The X-Factor are going head-to-head this fall. Billboard editor Joe Levy joins us with a preview of what to expect.


The Takeaway

Push Girls: If You Can't Stand Up, Stand Out

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Reality television tells a million stories, of bachelorettes, adventurers, singers, dancers, family planning, and friends for life. In some cases, reality shows tell all these stories at the same time. That’s certainly the case with the new Sundance series “Push Girls.” But there is one thing that’s a little different about this series…all four women highlighted in the show are paralyzed from the neck down. Two of the stars of "Push Girls" -  Angela Rockwood and Tiphany Adams - tell us more about themselves and the show.

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Tattoo You: Music Ink

Monday, January 09, 2012

Tattoo culture is needling its way onto television, with the upcoming reality show “Ink Master” on Spike TV and a sketch about an Eddie Vedder tatt on IFC’s “Portlandia.” Today, we’ll hear from listeners about the band logos, instruments, album covers and other music-related images that adorn their bodies. Guests include tattoo artist Joseph Ari Aloi (aka JK5) and musician-artist Bryan Kienlen of the punk band Bouncing Souls.

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The Takeaway

'All-American Muslim' Depicts Muslim-American Family Life

Friday, November 11, 2011

"All-American Muslim," a new reality TV show premiering on TLC this Sunday, takes a close-up view at what it is like to be Muslim in America through the lives of five ordinary Muslim families in Dearborn, Michigan — a city known informally as "America's Muslim Capital." Newlyweds Nader and Nawal Aoude are one of the couples featured on the show, and discuss what it was like to let cameras into their lives.

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Talk to Me

Talk to Me: Oh, Really? Happy Ending at Joe's Pub

Monday, May 09, 2011

Reality. "Some people live in it, some people don't," observed Happy Ending host and curator Amanda Stern on Wednesday, May 4 at Joe's Pub before introducing three writers with different takes on the subject. The topic seemed a fitting flourish to a week that included both a fairy tale wedding and the death of an international terrorist—each event both fantastic and true.