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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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AMC's 'The Walking Dead' Is A Hit Show With Two Meanings

Saturday, October 11, 2014

As The Walking Dead returns for a fifth season Sunday, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says some storylines offer extra meaning for fans who have read the graphic novels which inspired the show.

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Fresh Air

Inconsistent Memories Are Revisited In 'The Affair,' A Captivating New Drama

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Showtime show is about two people who betray their spouses and fall into a relationship. It's told from more than one perspective, and the actors are so likable, you forgive them their trespasses.

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All Things Considered

As TV Viewers Get Older, Drug Ads Take A Terrifying Turn

Thursday, October 09, 2014

With each passing day, fewer young people watch traditional television. As they turn to digital devices and other on-demand modes of getting entertainment, older Americans remain the dependable demographic for television. And that means older people are treated to a litany of drug ads, filled with lists of horrifying side effects.

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Soundcheck

Now We Know How To Sing 'Don't Stop Believin'' In Dothraki

Thursday, October 09, 2014

The linguist behind the Game of Thrones language explains how "conlangs" are created and even translates Journey and Iron Maiden songs into something Khal Drogo could understand. 

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'This Impromptu Dance': Geoffrey Holder's Son Tells One More Story

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Dancer, choreographer, director, actor and painter Geoffrey Holder died Sunday. His son, Leo, writes about the remarkable last night he spent with his father.

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All Things Considered

TV's 'Nashville' A Boon For The Tennessee City

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

The TV show Nashville is about the lives of fictional country music stars and aspiring stars — and its popularity is drawing visitors to the real city from around the world.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour, Small Batch: 'Twin Peaks' Returns

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon take a few minutes to discuss the resurrection of the David Lynch cult television series Twin Peaks.

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All Things Considered

'The Flash' And 'Gotham' Succeed By Taking Comic Book Stories Seriously

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

As The CW's new superhero series The Flash debuts tonight, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans notes the best new broadcast dramas of the fall season are based on comic book stories.

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'The Flash' Winks At History And Keeps Its Superhero Tone Light

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

The CW's remake of The Flash has an affection view of super-history, resting comfortably among the many version of many heroes already born.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour, Small Batch: 'House Hunters International'

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Glen Weldon and Linda Holmes sit down for a little chat about flats in Paris, bad jokes, and wanting to live abroad but still be at home.

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The Takeaway

The Epic Return of a Cult Classic: 'Twin Peaks'

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

To the delight of its cult followers, "Twin Peaks" is returning to television in 2016, for a nine-episode run on Showtime. 

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Showtime's 'Homeland' Now Depends On Carrie Mathison As Flawed Hero

Sunday, October 05, 2014

As Showtime's Emmy-winning terrorism drama starts its fourth season Sunday, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says the show struggles to continue without a key character.

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Does Television Spanglish Need A Rewrite?

Saturday, October 04, 2014

More Hollywood writers are having Latino characters speak a mix of English and Spanish. But if Latinos themselves are divided over Spanglish, how can the entertainment industry get it right?

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Fresh Air

'Homeland' Regains Urgency With Twin Protagonists And Divided Loyalties

Friday, October 03, 2014

Last year, the Showtime drama about a CIA agent with a bipolar disorder lost its way. But the show's intensity is back in Season 4 when the CIA accidentally bombs a wedding in Pakistan.

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Please Don't Judge John Mulaney By 'Mulaney'

Friday, October 03, 2014

John Mulaney is an exceptional, intelligent stand-up comedian. His new show on Fox is unfortunately not a good way to encounter his work at all.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Denzel Washington And 'Gilligan's Island'

Friday, October 03, 2014

On this week's show, we talk about how The Equalizer fits into the arc of Denzel Washington's long and full career, and we consider absurdist sitcoms as Gilligan's Island turns 50.

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Morning Edition

'Bob's Burgers' Serves Up Gently Savory Entertainment

Friday, October 03, 2014

The winningly sweet, wacky (and now Emmy-winning) cartoon follows a family and their struggling seaside burger joint. NPR's Audie Cornish talks to creator and executive producer Loren Bouchard.

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The Overworked 'Bad Judge' Still Doesn't Work

Thursday, October 02, 2014

They've done quite an overhaul on the Kate Walsh vehicle Bad Judge, but it's still not hanging together.

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