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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 Brian Lehrer Show

Richard Nixon Wrote a Satire of Himself

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Harry Shearer didn't draft an exaggerated script for his new series, "Nixon's The One." His writing partner sued to make Nixon's tapes public, and Shearer's reciting them verbatim.

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Morning Edition

Start World Series Games Earlier; Let Us Sleep

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Commentator Frank Deford says the Fall Classic could boost its sagging ratings by scheduling games early enough for people in the Eastern and Central Time Zones to see the end.

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A Timeline Of Sitcoms Featuring Families Of Color

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Folks say it's a new golden age of small-screen diversity. But how much browner is today's TV sitcom landscape compared with prime-time eras of the recent past?

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'Welcome Back, Kotter' Actress Marcia Strassman Dies At 66

Monday, October 27, 2014

She also had roles in M*A*S*H and the 1989 Rick Moranis comedy Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.

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All Things Considered

'Gotham' Resurfaces Hollywood's Tricky History Of 'Painting Down'

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Gotham has been one of the fall's most successful television debuts. But earlier this month the show found itself in hot water when it hired a white stuntwoman as a body double for a black guest star.

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TLC's 'Honey Boo Boo' Cancellation Shows Dangers Of Exploitative TV

Friday, October 24, 2014

TLC has canceled its unscripted show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo amid allegations that June Shannon, the mother of the show's young star, has been dating a convicted child molester.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Brian Lehrer Weekend: Mad Men's Matt Weiner, Ira Glass & Sarah Koenig, '04 Food

Friday, October 24, 2014

Three of our favorite segments this week: #BL25 talks to Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner; Ira Glass and Sarah Koenig on "Serial"; and Danny Meyer and Dan Barber on food in 2004.
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The Takeaway

Dr. Katz Will See You Now: The Return of a 90s Icon

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

"Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist" ran on Comedy Central in the mid-90s, and creator Jonathan Katz is reviving the character as the TV show celebrates its 20th anniversary.

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Soundcheck

Revisit 'WKRP,' Now With Its Original Songs

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Longtime Soundcheck producer Joel Meyer says farewell by looking back at an early radio influence, the television comedy WKRP In Cincinnati, with the show's creator, Hugh Wilson. 

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Soundcheck

'Twin Peaks' Is Returning To Television, But What About The Music?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

David Lynch and Mark Frost invite us all to revisit the mysterious town of Twin Peaks, 25 years later.

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UPDATED: After Controversy, Toys R Us Pulls 'Breaking Bad' Action Figures

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

One Florida mom started a petition calling on the retailer to stop selling action figures based on drug dealers in its stores. Toys R Us had said the Breaking Bad toys were meant for adults.

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Fresh Air

Nostalgia, Now Out On DVD, With 'Wonder Years' And 'Pee-wee' Releases

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

In what may be a last gasp for DVD collections, some of the new box-set releases are aimed at baby boomers and Gen X-ers with favorites like The Wonder Years and Pee-wee's Playhouse.

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Morning Edition

Winners And Losers Of The Fall TV Season Begin To Emerge

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

One month into the TV season, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says diversity is winning and rom coms are losing as new shows battle for viewers.

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Soundcheck

Revisiting WKRP In Cincinnati; Twin Peaks Is Back, But What About Its Music?; Streets Of Laredo Plays Live

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The beloved rock radio sitcom has a new box set with most of its original music. The surreal drama Twin Peaks is coming back in 2016. Streets of Laredo plays in the Soundcheck studio.

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Soundcheck

Interview: Mark Mothersbaugh On 'Myopia'

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Devo mastermind and acclaimed TV and film composer will open a new exhibition, Myopia at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, Colorado.

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Soundcheck

Ten Years Later, William Shatner Is Still No 'Has Been'

Friday, October 17, 2014

In 2004, the Star Trek alum reinvented himself, collaborating with Ben Folds on a half-sung, half-spoken word album. Noisey's Dan Ozzi looks back on the album and the year in music.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Leonard Lopate Weekend: Norman Lear, Killer Heels & James Risen!

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Leonard Lopate Show's three favorite segments from the last week, in case you missed them. 
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The Leonard Lopate Show

Gail Simmons Takes Us Behind the Scenes at 'Top Chef'

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Top Chef judge talks about her career in food and how the show has influenced the way we talk—and think—about food.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Transparent' And Pop Culture Debuts

Friday, October 17, 2014

On this week's show, NPR's Ari Shapiro joins us to chat about the Amazon show Transparent and about lots of different pop culture debuts.

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