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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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The Leonard Lopate Show

Behind the Scenes: Meatpacking Industry and 'Top Chef'

Friday, October 17, 2014

Investigating the the American meatpacking industry. Gail Simmons on “Top Chef.” Please Explain the language of food.

Soundcheck

William Shatner's 'Has Been' Ten Years Later; Marco Benevento Plays Live; That Was A Hit?!? On 'Disco Duck'

Friday, October 17, 2014

In 2004, William Shatner reinvented himself with help from Ben Folds. Keyboardist Marco Benevento sings in the Soundcheck studio. Looking back at "Disco Duck"'s unlikely success.

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All Things Considered

Elizabeth Peña Remembered As An Actress With Range

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Peña's fans, lamenting her death on Latino social media, expressed frustration that such a talented actress could not break away from stereotypical roles.

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With Few Stages Left To Conquer, Neil Patrick Harris Goes To The Oscars

Thursday, October 16, 2014

It seems like Neil Patrick Harris has always hosted everything, but in fact, his February 2015 outing hosting the Oscars will be his first time in that particular job.

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Morning Edition

HBO To Start Online Only Streaming Service

Thursday, October 16, 2014

HBO has announced that it will launch a streaming service similar to its current HBO GO service in 2015. Analysts say the service could undermine cable's channel bundles and give viewers more control.

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Morning Edition

Clay Aiken: An American Idol On The Campaign Trail In North Carolina

Thursday, October 16, 2014

American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken has hung up his microphone as he runs for Congress as a Democrat representing the rural center of the state. But the campaign is a long shot.

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Morning Edition

Mindy Kaling On Refusing To Be An Outsider And Sexism On Set

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The comedian says she often forgets that as an Indian-American woman who's not pencil thin, she's kind of a new thing for broadcast TV. But, she says, "I refuse to view myself in such terms."

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All Things Considered

HBO GO Available To Non-Cable Subscribers In 2015

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Starting next year, HBO says it will offer its programming on the web to those without a cable subscription. The service will be offered in the U.S. and there are plans to bring it overseas.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Norman Lear on Mixing TV Sitcoms with Biting Social and Political Commentary

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The television legend wrote, produced, created, and developed more than 100 shows, including "The Jeffersons," "Maude," and "All in the Family."

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HBO Without Cable, Coming In 2015

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

HBO has announced that beginning in 2015, it will offer what many have long wanted: access to HBO without having cable.

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Morning Edition

Rosie Perez Settles In As The First Latina Co-Host On 'The View'

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

One month into the job on ABC's The View, Rosie Perez talks about how things are going so far. She says one of the only things about the job that's not fun is the expectations of some critics.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Norman Lear's Storytelling, the Brooklyn Museum's Killer Heels

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Legendary television writer/producer/creator Norman Lear. Bergdorf Goodman's Betty Halbreich. "Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe."  Struggling after the Great Recession.

'Marry Me' Throws Plenty Of Jokes (And Its Lead Actress) At The Wall

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

NBC's new romantic comedy Marry Me may wind up joining a frustrating group of shows that struggle to survive on broadcast, where appealing to everyone is key.

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Morning Edition

FX Show 'Archer' To Drop ISIS Name

Monday, October 13, 2014

The rise of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, has made it difficult for organizations and companies to carry the burden of a moniker now associated with the Islamist militant group.

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All Things Considered

The New Food TV: The Era Of Julia Child Packed Its Knives And Went

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Since the original Japanese Iron Chef first appeared on the Food Network 15 years ago, how-to cooking shows have gradually been displaced by reality shows that pit chefs against each other.

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All Things Considered

TV Giant Norman Lear Shares Gems From 92 Years Of 'Experience'

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Where did Lear get the confidence to spend three years fighting to get All In The Family on air? His answer: "Can you say 'beats the **** out of me' on NPR?"

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