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Today's Takeaways: ISIS & America, The Ticking Immigration Clock, and Political Plots at The Emmys

Monday, August 25, 2014

American needs to take ISIS more seriously, a 6.0 magnitude earthquake shakes Napa, and political reporters weigh in on "VEEP" and "House of Cards."

The Takeaway

'Mad Men's' Matthew Weiner on His New Film

Friday, August 22, 2014

Award-winning director Matthew Weiner discusses his new feature film “Are You Here," the success of "Mad Men," and the future of television.

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The Takeaway

Playing Fantasy with Hollywood's Favorite Bro

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

After a steady run of indie films, actor Mark Duplass has hit man-child stardom with "The League," his show about 30-something guys obsessed with fantasy football.

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WNYC News

Late Summer Shows Offer a Break from Reruns and Reality TV

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Outlander and The Knick are two shows to see.

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99% Invisible

127- The Sound of Sports

Monday, August 11, 2014

Way back in October 2011 (see episode #38, true believers!), we broadcast a short excerpt of a radio documentary produced by Peregrine Andrews about faking the sounds of sports on TV broadcasts. It was one of our most popular and provocative programs e...

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The Sporkful

Having Guinness and Pepperoni Rolls with Morgan Spurlock

Monday, August 11, 2014

He's well known for his less-than-flattering portrayals of excess and gluttony, but Morgan Spurlock seems to apply the mantra "all things in moderation" only "in moderation." 

The Brian Lehrer Show

The Approval Matrix Comes Off the Page

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

New York Mag's beloved "Approval Matrix" is now a T.V.show. Adam Moss, editor-in-chief of New York Magazine, and Neal Brennan, host of the new show, discuss the enduring appeal of that Highbrow/Lowbrow/Brilliant/Despicable grid, and the challenge of bringing it to life for the small screen.

→ Tune In: The Approval Matrix premieres Monday 8/11 at 11am on Sundance T.V.

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The Takeaway

Sharknado: The Making of a Cult Classic

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Just when you thought it was safe to go back on Twitter, "Sharknado 2: The Second One" hit the small screen last night. The film is the sequel to the cult film and Twitter phenomenon "Sharknado." 

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Soundcheck

Linda Perry: A Non-Blonde Turned Music Mogul And Reality TV Star

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Linda Perry's voice is known to anyone who's every belted along to 4 Non Blondes' 'What's Up.' Now she's bringing her unique personality to a new VH1 show called 'Make Or Break: The Linda Perry Project.' She joins John Schaefer to talk about her many contributions behind-the-scenes in the music biz.

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Soundcheck

Hugh Laurie: 'I Wanted To Be A Sitting-Down Guitarist'

Friday, June 20, 2014

The former star of the Fox TV drama House talks the blues, American accents and karaoke.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Nick Paumgarten and Emily Nussbaum on "Broad City."

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Nick Paumgarten and Emily Nussbaum on "Broad City."

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The Takeaway

LeVar Burton Aims to Bring Back 'Reading Rainbow'

Friday, June 06, 2014

LeVar Burton wants to bring “Reading Rainbow” to the web and into classrooms. He’s launched a Kickstarter campaign to to raise a funds with the goal of giving "Reading Rainbow" away to low-income schools for free. He says there’s simply not enough quality educational programming for kids.

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The Takeaway

Reuniting 'Band of Brothers' for D-Day

Friday, June 06, 2014

As the world pauses today, first hand accounts of the events D-Day continue to slip away from our national collective memory. Eric Jendresen, lead writer and supervising producer for Band of Brothers, tells the story of one company.

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The Takeaway

Making the First Asian-American Sitcom in 20 Years

Monday, May 19, 2014

ABC has released a new fall line up, including two shows about American immigrant families. We talk to the young star of “Fresh Off the Boat,” Hudson Yang, about being one of the first Asian-American kids to head a major network TV show.

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The Takeaway

Sen. Al Franken: Save the Future of Media

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Before he was elected to Congress, Senator Al Franken was best known for being on the cast of Saturday Night Live. Once in the Senate, Franken became a leading critic of NBC's merger with Comcast. He's now examining the potential Comcast-Time Warner deal.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Swoosie Kurtz: Part Swan, Part Goose

Tuesday, April 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. She candidly reflects on the right choices that empowered her, the wrong choices that enlightened her, and her experience caring for an aging parent.

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The Takeaway

The Rise of Media in Democratic Afghanistan

Friday, April 25, 2014

Afghani media mogul Saad Mohseni discusses the recent elections, the evolution of  media over the past decade, and the risks of being associated with pro-Western development in a country that is fighting for its future.

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WNYC News

Faith Based Films Flood the Screen

Friday, April 18, 2014

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You might get away with skipping church, if you go to the movies instead.

This week, “Heaven is for Real,” starring Greg Kinnear, hits theaters. It's the fourth biblical or faith-based film to go into wide release this year, and it won’t be the last.

In total, we’ll see about ...

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Soundcheck

Decoding the Sounds of AMC's Spy Series, 'Turn'

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Film and TV composer Marco Beltrami talks about his score for the AMC series, Turn, about America's first spy ring.

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On The Media

A Time Machine Built From TV's "The Office"

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Too many things on the Internet get called amazing. I wish I could retract every time I called something amazing, so that I could call this amazing and have it mean something. Joe Sabia has created "The Office Time Machine." Enter any year (all the way back through BC) and you'll get an Office clip that includes a reference to that year. 

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