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Ken Burns' 'The Roosevelts' Explores An American Family's Demons

In a new PBS documentary series, Burns turns his lens to Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, and how each triumphed over adversity.
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3 Roosevelts Come Alive In PBS Documentary, Ken Burns' Best Yet

A 14-hour biography of Theodore, Eleanor and Franklin Delano starts Sunday. Actors including Paul Giamatti and Meryl Streep put on Emmy-worthy vocal performances reading from an Emmy-worthy script.
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Joan Rivers On Her Own Funeral: 'I Want Paparazzi'

A collection of memorable interviews with the comedy queen, Joan Rivers, who passed away this week at the age of 81.
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Does It Matter That Rosie Perez Is The First Latina Co-Host Of 'The View'?

The Oscar-nominated daughter of Puerto Rican parents is the first permanent Latina co-host in The View's 17-year history. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans explains why that matters.
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Sharp-Tongued Comedian Joan Rivers Dies At 81

Comedian Joan Rivers kept audiences laughing through a 50-year career that included bankruptcy, getting banned from The Tonight Show and mourning her husband's suicide.
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In 'The Chair,' Two Filmmakers Make Movies From The Same Script

The new 10-episode reality show on Starz follows Anna Martemucci, a graduate of NYU film school, and Shane Dawson, who's been making YouTube videos for eight years. They compete for $250,000.
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Joan Rivers, An Enduring Comic Who Turned Tragedy Into Showbiz Success, Dies

NPR's Eric Deggans says the comedian was a show business survivor whose tireless work ethic kept her relevant long after other comics would have faded away. She died Thursday at 81.
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CBS's Thursday Night Football: An Ambitious Alliance With A Lot At Stake

On Sept. 11, CBS and the NFL will debut Thursday Night Football games. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says it's a sure bet that two of the world's biggest corporations have a lot riding on.
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X Prize Competition Could Make 'Tricorder' A Reality

Many Star Trek gadgets have made the journey from science fiction to real life. Arun Rath talks to Grant Campany about the X Prize Foundation's competition to bring the medical tricorder to life.
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New Amazon Series Pilots Fall Short Of A TV Revolution

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans ranks Amazon's new batch of five series pilots, asking why none of them seem break the rules of TV quite enough to draw attention.

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