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Late Night TV Shows Take Aim At Trump, Score Well In Ratings

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:27:00 -0500

Late night TV shows heavy on sharp satire of President Donald Trump are scoring well in the ratings. NPR takes a look at the phenomenon.

What A Classic '50s Western Can Teach Us About The Hollywood Blacklist

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:58:53 -0500

Author Glenn Frankel says the 1952 film High Noon was inspired by the toxic political climate of the time. "People ... felt they want to get their country back," Frankel says.

Singer And Actor David Cassidy Says He Has Dementia

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:22:00 -0500

"I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming," the former teen idol, 66, says of his condition.

In 'Get Out,' Jordan Peele Tackles The 'Human Horror' Of Racial Fear

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 19:41:00 -0500

Jordan Peele discusses his new film in which he addresses the politics of race. It's about an African-American man meeting his white girlfriend's family for the first time and the horror that ensues.

'The Good Fight' Offers Edgier Version of 'The Good Wife' In Series Debut

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 18:51:39 -0500

The Good Fight is a spinoff of CBS's award-winning drama, The Good Wife. It brings back star Christine Baranski, whose character's savings were wiped out in a financial scam.

New Dramas 'Good Fight' And 'Big Little Lies' Make A Case For Subscription TV

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:49:00 -0500

TV critic David Bianculli reviews two shows premiering this weekend: HBO's miniseries, Big Little Lies, and CBS's The Good Fight, which will be relocating to the network's subscription streaming site.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Legion' And 'Planet Earth 2'

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:32:00 -0500

On this week's show, TV critic Alan Sepinwall joins the table to talk about two new shows: FX's 'Legion' and the follow-up to the BBC's beloved 'Planet Earth.'

This Week In Race: Walls, ID Laws And Getting Typecast

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 06:01:00 -0500

How the border wall might keep undocumented migrants in the country; a study measures the effects of voter ID laws on minority turnout; and what Bey's Grammy snubs illustrate about race and merit.

Nature's Ready For Her Close-Up: 'Planet Earth II' Returns In Ultra High-Def

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 04:59:00 -0500

The original BBC series was one of the first blockbuster high-definition TV shows. A decade later, drones and light-weight steady cams give viewers a front-row view of nature's majesty and fragility.

Do Not Pass Go: Interview With The Monopoly Thimble

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:47:00 -0500

Monopoly is dumping one of its traditional game pieces: the thimble. We reached the thimble for a completely imaginary conversation about obsolescence.

Zach Galifianakis Says 'Baskets' Isn't For Everyone, 'And That Was The Point'

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 04:41:00 -0500

The comic plays a clown school dropout who finds work with a rodeo. He describes the show as "a weird mix" of drama and comedy. "It's an acquired taste," he says.

Beyoncé Is Not The Magical Negro Mammy

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:13:00 -0500

Just imagine Beyoncé, one of the world's most celebrated, recognized and highest-paid stars, being asked to "mother" Adele and Faith Hill. Not happening.

Misadventures In Tuning In: Considering The Limits Of Music, LSD And Science

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 12:55:00 -0500

The poet August Kleinzahler considers some recent studies on LSD's effect on music listening and remains ... unconvinced.

Before Adele's Grammy Controversy, There Was The Great Tea Squabble

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:11:00 -0500

Calls for a boycott are not new for Adele. And now, embroiled in the politics of both left and right, she will likely think longingly back to her first, uncomplicated boycott — about her tea-making.

The Purely Accidental Lessons Of The First Black 'Bachelorette'

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 12:23:00 -0500

Television shows don't have to be good or smart to tell you something about the culture that spawns them, and you might be surprised how much The Bachelor has to say about power.