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WNYC News

Stoners, Russian Spies and a Transgender Father Top TV's Best of 2014

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2014 was another boundary-stretching, genre-pushing year on television.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Movie Stars on Broadway

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

As Maggie Gyllenhaal appears in “The Real Thing" and Bradley Cooper stars in “The Elephant Man," New Yorker theater critic Hilton Als tells us what this means for the dramatic arts.

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The Takeaway

Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music: "Mozart in the Jungle"

Monday, December 29, 2014

The new Amazon Prime series "Mozart in the Jungle" is attracting attention for its A-list cast and racy look at the modern day classical music world. But how much of it is true?

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The Takeaway

The Christmas Movie Extravaganza!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

There are eight movies you can see in the theatres this Christmas, but which one is the most suitable for the season?
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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.

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'Exodus: Gods and Kings,' 'Top Five,' Netflix's 'Marco Polo,' and The Golden Globe Nods

Monday, December 15, 2014

Apologies. This week's Movie Date podcast is coming to you late, from an abandoned room in Rafer's office building. 
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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Famous on YouTube

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

YouTube and Vine superstars gather millions of fans—and sometimes millions of dollars—with their viral online videos. And most of us have never heard of them.

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WNYC News

How to Hate Watch 'Peter Pan Live'

Thursday, December 04, 2014

After the ratings success of "Sound of Music Live," NBC is back with Peter Pan. Featuring flying actors and new songs, there's the potential for a little more disaster this year. 

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The Takeaway

'Penguins of Madagascar,' 'Horrible Bosses 2,' 'The Imitation Game,' and More!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

It's Black Friday! What better time to watch good movies, bad movies, and maybe sit around in your sweatpants?
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The Takeaway

'Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1,' 'Pulp,' Thanksgiving Sweatpants & Movie Therapy

Friday, November 21, 2014

Thanksgiving is almost upon us, and Rafer and Kristen are rubbing their stomachs. Fortunately, there's both hunger and supermarkets on the big screens, vying for some attention. 
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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 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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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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Soundcheck

'Bob's Burgers' Creator Loren Bouchard On Dueling Musicals And Casios

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Show creator Loren Bouchard talks about the dueling musicals featured in the upcoming season premiere, as well as his love for Casio keyboards and four-track cassette recorders. 

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The Takeaway

Amazon's New Model May Change the Future of TV

Friday, September 26, 2014

For $39 a month, AT&T and Amazon are offering new subscribers broadband Internet, HBO, and a variety of new, Amazon-exclusive programs, and hoping young viewers buy in.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Kelefa Sanneh and Sarah Larson on Bill Cosby’s Stage Persona

Monday, September 08, 2014

At 77, he's still performing about 100 times a year, mostly on weekends. The New Yorker's Kelefa Sanneh traces the rise of Cosby's lovable comedy and his complicated politics.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Swoosie Kurtz: Part Swan, Part Goose

Friday, August 29, 2014

Actress Swoosie Kurtz looks back on her life and career. Her new memoir, Part Swan, Part Goose is a combination of personal misadventure and showbiz lore.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Aligning With Dictators, Fantasy Football, and Diversity in Friendships

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Today The Takeaway explores everything from Syria's Bashar Al-Assad and the Obama White House, fantasy football, and diversity in American friendships. 

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‘House of Cards’ Vs. ‘VEEP’: What Washington Insiders Really Think

Monday, August 25, 2014

Television loves Washington, and apparently so do viewers. We asked some inside-the-Beltway experts how 'VEEP' and 'House of Cards' stack up.  

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