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50 Years Ago, Students Fought For Black Rights During 'Freedom Summer'

A PBS documentary about the 1964 movement to get blacks to vote in Mississippi airs Tuesday. Freedom Summer director Stanley Nelson and organizer Charles Cobb discuss the dangers the students faced.
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Why TV Drama Is So Obsessed With Pandemics

Several new TV shows this year revolve around the idea of a deadly virus that grips the world, destroying much of the population. Enthusiasm for these shows is downright infectious.
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Two High-Born Hipsters Are 'Almost Royal'

Almost Royal is a British comedy series that follows the lives of heirs to the throne. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with the show's stars, Ed Gamble and Amy Hoggart, who play Georgie and Poppy Carlton.
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Sputtering On Fumes, 'True Blood' Has Outstayed Its Welcome

HBO's True Blood is a prime example of a TV show that kept going long after it should have ended. Why is it that some shows stay on air well after they've run out of creative juice?
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A Plea To Emmy Voters To Consider Overlooked Shows And Actors

The prime-time Emmy award nominees will be announced on July 10. Our TV critic points out some under appreciated performances that Emmy voters should recognize.
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NTSB: Truck Driver Who Hit Tracy Morgan's Limousine Was Speeding

Just before the June 7 accident, the driver of the semitrailer was traveling 20 mph over the speed limit, investigators say in a preliminary report.
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John Oliver Is No One's Friend On His New HBO Show

The comedian who was a correspondent on The Daily Show for 7 1/2 years now pokes fun on Last Week Tonight. Oliver talks about tasing his leg, temping for a thief and remaining an outsider.
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The Return of 'Rectify,' A Critical Darling Sprung From Death Row

Rectify is a dark, contemplative TV drama about a man released from prison after two decades on death row. It was also a critical favorite in its first season. For a glimpse into its creation, NPR's Elizabeth Blair talks to show creator Ray McKinnon and actors Aden Young and Abigail Spencer.
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Do Soaring World Cup Ratings Mark A Foothold For Soccer In U.S.?

Less than a week into the World Cup, television ratings for the tournament are soaring in the U.S., where the opening games have attracted record audiences. Could this be an indication that the sport is finally gaining traction in the U.S.? Brian Steinberg, the senior TV editor at Variety, offers his take.
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O.J. And Oscar Trials: A 'Combination Of Celebrity, Wealth And Murder'

O.J. Simpson's Ford Bronco was chased by police 20 years ago, marking the start of what was dubbed the "trial of the century." But how does its coverage compare with the Oscar Pistorius trial?

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