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I'm Just Sayin': There Are Anachronisms In 'Downton'

If you listen carefully, you'll catch phrases in Downton Abbey that are a little ahead of their time. Linguist Ben Zimmer has been on an anachronism watch and points out a few snippets of dialogue that Lord Grantham would have been very unlikely to say.
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New TV Series Highlights Black Missing Persons

Nearly a third of all missing person cases in 2010 involved black victims, according to the FBI. Many of those cases were largely under-reported. But the new TV show, "Find Our Missing," hopes to change that. Host Michel Martin speaks with actress S. Epatha Merkerson, who hosts the series, and Derrica Wilson of the Black and Missing Foundation.
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Two Rowdy Talk Shows Showcase Vintage Humor

Both The David Susskind Show and The Sid Caesar Show featured large, unwieldy guest rosters and entertaining, timely jokes. A vintage episode of Susskind's show and a reunion of Caesar's writers are now available on DVD. TV critic David Bianculli says both offerings are laugh-out-loud funny.
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For Election News, Voters Still Turn To Old Media

A study from the Pew Research Center shows that the promise that "new media" will dominate the nominating process isn't coming true. But Twitter and other social media can reveal voters' moods, functioning like "a focus group in the wild."
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Super Bowl XLVI: Dogs In Ads, Madonna At Halftime

With an ad costing about $3.5 million per 30 seconds, the stakes were high as advertisers pulled out all their tricks to wow viewers on Super Bowl Sunday. To review the most talked about ads, guest host Jacki Lyden hears from Tampa Bay Times TV and media critic Eric Deggans, and Detroit News TV critic and writer Mekeisha Madden Toby. They also discuss Madonna's halftime show performance.
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Unions Create TV Ad To Appeal To Young People

Hoping to continue a conversation about inequality started by the Occupy Wall Street movement, a recently tested ad by the AFL-CIO doesn't mention unions. Instead, it focuses on a "Work Connects Us All" theme.
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Producers Pitch Dream Reality Shows

Two thousand people who make reality television gathered this week for a convention in Washington, D.C. No appearances from Snooki or Padma, but there were representatives from Celebrity Wife Swap, Deadliest Catch and Rocket City Rednecks. Hundreds of producers vied for the chance to pitch network executives their ideas for new shows.

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