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Robots & Pop Culture

We consider the role of robots - whether cyborg, android or operating system - in our culture and what they tell us about ourselves.

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Hoping To Reach A Wider Audience, Lifetime Breaks Out Of Familiar Formula

Lifetime's general manager says the channel is trying to reflect "the true breadth" of America. It recently launched a reality show called BAPs — which stands for "Black American Prince or Princess."
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5 Things I Learned About TV's Future From The Critics Press Tour

From being mistaken for Randy Jackson to confronting network executives about diversity issues, TV critic Eric Deggans runs down highlights of the two-week blizzard of parties and press conferences.
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Actor James Garner Of 'Rockford Files' Dies

Actor James Garner, best known for his roles in hit TV shows Maverick and The Rockford Files, has died. He was 86 years old.
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Appreciating James Garner: TV's Best Unhero

James Garner, star of classic TV shows Maverick and The Rockford Files, died Saturday at age 86. TV critic Eric Deggans says he pioneered playing a new character: the "unhero."
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James Garner Of 'Rockford Files' And 'Maverick' Dies At 86

Garner was known for wise-cracking, tough-guy characters who were not afraid to bend the rules. NPR's Arun Rath talks with biographer Jon Winokur about the actor's prolific career.
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James Garner, Of The '70s TV Show 'The Rockford Files,' Dies

Actor James Garner, whose wise-cracking but affable character made hits out of the TV shows Maverick and The Rockford Files, has died. He was 86.
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Broadway Legend Elaine Stritch Dies At 89

Elaine Stritch, whose career spanned more than half a century and went from stage to screen to TV and back to stage again, died Thursday at her home in Birmingham, Mich.
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Viola Davis Gets Groundbreaking Role As ABC Bets On Diversity

This fall, ABC will offer its most ethnically diverse slate of new shows in recent memory. But getting people to talk freely about why that's happened is still difficult.
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Tracy Morgan Sues Wal-Mart Over Truck-Limousine Crash

The comedian and television star of "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock" alleges negligence on the part of the retail giant, whose driver was exceeding the speed limit.

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