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Bianculli's Top 10: 2014 Was A 'Good Year For Programming'

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

TV critic David Bianculli says that he's encouraged by how far TV has come. He picks The Good Wife as the best show of 2014, having "the deepest roster of really strong regulars and guest stars."

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Videos Of Ray Rice, Eric Garner Among Biggest Media Moments Of 2014

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Some of the most interesting things on TV in 2014 weren't actually made for TV. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans lists the moments in television, viral video and social media that changed us all this year.

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A Very Code Switch Christmas TV Special

Monday, December 22, 2014

It's that time around Christmas, when all we can see are a handful of stories on our TV screens. Frosty, and Charlie, and Ralphie, and Kevin, but there's not too much brown in this mostly white canon.

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Why Does It Take A Movie Robot To Show What Nurses Really Do?

Sunday, December 21, 2014

If TV and movie nurses took care of us when we're sick, we'd be in a heap of trouble. Those images of nutty, slutty and clueless nurses are bad news for the profession, and for patients.

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Fresh Air

J.K. Simmons On Playing A Neo-Nazi On HBO's 'Oz'

Friday, December 19, 2014

Simmons was a regular on the HBO drama, which depicts the brutality of life in a maximum security prison. He spoke to Terry Gross in 1998.

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The Takeaway

Actor Oscar Nuñez Believes The Future Is Bright for Cuba

Thursday, December 18, 2014

For Nuñez, this historic policy shift is deeply personal. He was born in Cuba, brought up in the United States, and his parents even went to school with Fidel Castro.

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Fresh Air

A Tribute To Stephen Colbert, A Self-Proclaimed 'Junkie For Exhaustion'

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Ahead of The Colbert Report's last episode, Fresh Air listens back to interviews with Colbert. "I didn't realize quite how liberal I was until I was asked to make passionate comedic choices," he said.

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The Takeaway

Goodbye, Nation: A Farewell to 'The Colbert Report'

Thursday, December 18, 2014

As Stephen Colbert bids adieu to "The Colbert Report," On the Media's Brooke Gladstone weighs in the host's wide-ranging impact, from the network news to politics to satire.

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Morning Edition

Boundary-Pushing Late Night Hosts Move On — Colbert Up, Ferguson Out

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Both Stephen Colbert and Craig Ferguson end their late-night TV shows this week. Colbert is getting a boatload of attention as he moves to succeed David Letterman, but Ferguson deserves some too.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: North Korean Hackers, The End of 'Serial,' and Cuban Baseball

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Takeaway explores the backlash from the movie "The Interview," we look at what "Serial" teaches us about the criminal justice system, and we look at the future of Cuban baseball.

Deggans: 'Fargo,' 'True Detective,' 'Transparent' Top Best TV Of 2014

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

At a time when there is so much good TV around, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says, any Top 10 list says as much about the critic as the shows he is picking.

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Morning Edition

Contestant From War-Torn Syria Wins 'Arab Idol'

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Over the weekend, a champion was crowned in the Middle East's version of American Idol. Syrians cheered as 21-year-old Hazem Sherif from the war-scarred city of Aleppo was announced the winner.

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Watts Going On: The Gaudy Excess Of 'The Great Christmas Light Fight'

Monday, December 15, 2014

If you've never seen hundreds of thousands of lights used to do things like animate wire-frame animals, you're going to love this bonkers piece of television.

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All Things Considered

7 Chaotic Hours Behind The Scenes At NFL RedZone

Sunday, December 14, 2014

On 17 Sundays every fall, millions of people tune in to this cable channel, which airs for just seven hours a week and endeavors to show each score from as many as 12 simultaneous football games.

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Even If Torture Doesn't Work In The Real World, TV Has Us Convinced It Does

Friday, December 12, 2014

Interrogation experts have tried to get shows like 24 to tone down the torture. But NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says that may not be as easy as it sounds.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Joy Behar on Leaving The View and Writing And Performing A Solo Show Off-Broadway

Friday, December 12, 2014

Joy Behar discusses her new solo performance Me, My Mouth, & I

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Fresh Air

Funny, Dirty, Sad: The 'Holy Trinity' For 'Transparent' Creator Jill Soloway

Friday, December 12, 2014

When writer Jill Soloway's father came out as a trans woman, Soloway says, it was a huge relief. And it helped her create the series Transparent about "boundaries, legacy, gender, family."

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The Great 'Parks And Rec' Clip War Of 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

When critics are anticipating the end of a show they've liked a lot, strange things happen.

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Morning Edition

Even If Torture Doesn't Work In The Real World, TV Has Us Convinced It Does

Friday, December 12, 2014

For TV writers, "enhanced interrogation" are just one more storytelling device. But has its surefire success in shows like 24 influenced how and when real-life interrogators employ torture?

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All Things Considered

'Sons Of Anarchy' Ends As A Macho Soap Opera Often Anchored By Women

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

FX's biker drama Sons of Anarchy airs its final episode tonight, capping a seven-season run. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says cable's most macho series succeeded by finding strong roles for women.

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