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'Hill Street Blues' Created Two Eras For TV Drama: Before And After

In 1981, NBC presented a new police series that went on to make TV history. Hill Street Blues has just been released on DVD in its entirety for the first time.
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Critics Find Little Humor In 'SNL' Writer's Jokes About Slavery

Comedy often pushes the boundaries of taste and sensibilities, as SNL writer Leslie Jones did with her slavery skit this past Saturday. Some laughed, some howled.
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Viewers Not Laughing About SNL Slavery Skit

A skit about slavery by Saturday Night Live's Leslie Jones outraged many of the show's black viewers. NPR television critic Eric Deggans talks about the joke and the backlash.
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Todd Barry's New Stand-Up Strategy: 'Does Anyone Want To Talk To Me?'

Last year, the comedian teamed up with Louis C.K. to film a tour in which all he did was crowd work, or engage the audience in improvised conversations.
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NBA's Ban On Sterling: Moral Justice Or Smart Business Move?

The NBA's ban on Clippers owner Donald Sterling has drawn approval all around. ESPN's Howard Bryant tells NPR's Scott Simon that with such heinous remarks, the league may not have had much choice.
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'24' Returns To Live Another Action-Packed Day

Jack Bauer is back and fighting terrorism in Europe. Can he save the day again? NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Kiefer Sutherland about bringing Bauer back for a new season of "24."
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Meanwhile, In Australia: A Bawdier, Riskier 'Rake'

Australian writer Ben Neutze, of The Daily Review, explains the differences between the original, Australian version of the TV show Rake and the version brought unsuccessfully to the U.S.
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'Mad Men' Creator Matthew Weiner On The End Of Don Draper's Journey

Weiner is currently writing and shooting the show's final episodes. He tells Fresh Air, "I'm going to be leaving these characters in a place where they belong."
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PBS Documentary Examines Ruben Salazar's Life And Death

The death of journalist Ruben Salazar was a catalyst for the nascent Chicano-rights movement. It is still at the center of deeply held belief that he was purposely killed by LA law enforcement.
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The Battle Over Broadcast TV: Aereo at the Supreme Court

A company that makes dime-sized antennas is challenging the business model for watching and streaming TV shows. Tech Tuesday looks at the Supreme Court case with implications for cloud storage and consumers' wallets.

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