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Amazon's 'Catastrophe' Isn't One — Unlike Some TV Rom-Coms

Amazon on Friday debuts a comedy about an American man and Irish woman united by an unexpected pregnancy. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says it's a wonderful, fresh vision of romance on TV.
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The Life And Death Of The Iowa Straw Poll, A Once Important Political Event

Republicans killed the controversial Iowa Straw Poll after major candidates passed on attending. The tradition, rife with pay-to-play allegations, may have been a victim of its own success.
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A Good But Not Great New Season For Netflix's 'Orange Is The New Black'

Netflix debuts 14 new episodes of prison dramedy Orange Is the New Black. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says the show remains compelling, despite the loss of a powerful character from last season.
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Do Critics of Violence and Sex In HBO's 'Game Of Thrones' Miss The Point?

As HBO's Game of Thrones airs its fifth season finale Sunday, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans asks if some critics of the show's violence and sexuality should reconsider past criticisms.
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Jeb Bush And Florida's 'Scarlet Letter Law,' Explained

While Jeb Bush was governor, Florida had a law requiring some women to list their sexual encounters in the newspaper. What's the controversy all about, and what did Bush have to do with it, exactly?
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More Evidence That Parents' Ages Could Influence Autism Risk

A large, international study found that kids born to older parents had higher rates of autism. Having a teen mom or parents with a large gap between their ages also increased the autism odds.
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Consumers In 'Grandfathered' Health Plans Can Face Higher Costs

These older policies existed before the health law was enacted in 2010 and haven't change much. They cover about a quarter of insured workers, and aren't subject to the same rules as Obamacare plans.
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Who's The Candidate Of The Future?

People always say they want change in elections, but who represents that change? A new poll sheds some light on who does — and who does not.
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A Manifesto On Diversity In Public Media

The host of the award-winning programs State of the Re:Union and Reveal shares his ideas about making public radio sound more like America.
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Racial Diversity Grows On Network Television, But Will Quality Lag Behind?

Network TV's fall schedule has a lot of new shows with non-white stars and casts. But NPR television critic Eric Deggans wonders if those series will explore race and culture as well as current shows.

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