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'I'm Perd Hapley, And I Just Realized I'm Played By An Actual Newscaster'

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Jay Jackson plays the hilariously odd newscaster on NBC's Parks and Recreation. But before he was a fake anchor, Jackson spent 22 years as a real TV reporter — and he became an actor by accident.

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One Man, New TV Show: James Corden Takes Over At 'Late Late Night'

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Come Monday night, CBS's The Late Late Show will have a new host: James Corden. The British actor told NPR's Scott Simon he's hoping to breathe some fresh air into late night TV.

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All Things Considered

In Move From Web To TV, 'Childrens Hospital' Could Set An Example

Friday, March 20, 2015

Childrens Hospital returns to Comedy Central's Adult Swim for its sixth season Friday. NPR's Eric Deggans spent a day on set and reports on how this niche comedy is swimming against the tide.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Brooke Gladstone Talks 'House of Cards' and Hillary Clinton

Friday, March 20, 2015

On The Media's co-host has a new podcast recapping season 3 of "House of Cards." She joined us to discuss how the show mends the real Washington with a dark, twisted political fantasy.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Scott Stringer; Planning for Floods & Freelancer Tax Advice

Friday, March 20, 2015

NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer; plans to avoid the worst effects of climate change along our coastline; our digital discontent; tax advice for freelancers & a "House of Cards" recap.

The 'Empire' Touch: A Cookie By Any Other Name

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Fox's freshman series Empire finished its first season with an action-packed often baffling finale that underscored how much fun it is, even when it doesn't make sense.

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Morning Edition

Swagger On Display At 'Empire' Season Finale Parties

Thursday, March 19, 2015

With its flashy swagger and quotable one-liners, Empire, the Fox series about a black music label, has become a cultural phenomenon. A watch party in D.C., had just as much.

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WNYC Digital

Watch the Empire Finale with WNYC

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Team Cookie for Life! Unless you want to convince us otherwise. 

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'The Jinx' And The Challenges of Public Curiosity

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

One of the lessons documentarians are learning is that the more people like your work, the more they ask questions about it.

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Does Fox's 'Empire' Break Or Bolster Black Stereotypes?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The hip-hop drama ends its first season Wednesday as a huge hit, thanks to black viewers. But NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says it also has sparked a complex debate over TV stereotypes.

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Morning Edition

Do TV Cooking Shows Make Us Fat?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Women who cooked the meals they saw prepared on television weighed more, on average, than those who simply watched, a study shows. The findings challenge the notion that home cooking is always best.

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Fresh Air

Forget Binge Watching: Great Television Happens When Networks Pace Shows

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The perfect example, says critic David Bianculli, is HBO's The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst. Spread out over six weeks, the finale had the most chilling TV moment he's seen in years.

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'Community': No Longer A Broadcast Show, But Still A Lovable Weirdo

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

As a frequently embattled comedy moves from broadcast television to an online outlet, it remains its goofy self with a somewhat smaller cast.

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Morning Edition

Does Success Of HBO's 'The Jinx' Herald New Form Of True-Crime TV?

Monday, March 16, 2015

The docu-series ended Sunday with murder suspect Robert Durst seeming to admit guilt. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says that moment may also have created a TV genre with its own set of rules.

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Morning Edition

Documentary Filmmakers Worry About Being Squeezed Out Of PBS Prime Time

Monday, March 16, 2015

Some feel increasingly marginalized by PBS. They say hard-hitting news and public affairs programs are being overshadowed by the likes of Downton Abbey and Antiques Roadshow.

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All Things Considered

From Waitress To TV Writer: A 'Surreal, Fantastic Cinderella Story'

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Diane Ruggiero-Wright was a full-time waitress in New Jersey when one of her patrons asked what she really wanted to be doing. She told him she was a writer — and it turned out he was a writer, too.

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Robert Durst, Subject Of HBO's 'The Jinx,' Arrested In New Orleans

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Durst, the troubled heir to a New York real estate fortune, has been questioned in the past over two deaths and a disappearance. It is unclear if his arrest is linked to those cases.

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Univision Incident Reignites Questions About Diversity In Latino Media

Friday, March 13, 2015

Fashion critic and host Rodner Figueroa has been let go for offensive comments about First Lady Michelle Obama. Critics see the incident as an example of racism in Spanish-language broadcasts.

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In 'I Hate Christian Laettner,' ESPN Explores The Belly Of The Beast

Friday, March 13, 2015

Christian Laettner played basketball for Duke in the early '90s, and ESPN's excellent documentary series investigates the intriguing vehemence with which people ... well, hated him, and still do.

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Obama 'Embarrassed' For Republicans Who Wrote Iran Letter

Friday, March 13, 2015

In two interviews, the president weighs in on controversies over the letter 47 Republicans wrote to the leaders of Iran and Hillary Clinton's use of a private email account.

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