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In Confronting Poverty, 'Harvest Of Shame' Reaped Praise And Criticism

The 1960 documentary examined the plight of America's migrant farmworkers. It was praised as groundbreaking, but others called it an "exaggerated portrait" and even some migrants took issue with it.
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TV Offerings Are Hotter Than Usual This Summer

This year, more original, highly anticipated summer TV series are debuting on the broadcast networks than ever before — along with some big-ticket series from cable and one of Netflix's biggest shows.
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For TV Advertisers, A Hunt For Live Audiences

Advertising deals for the upcoming television season are now being negotiated. Jeanine Poggi, TV reporter for Ad Age, says that in an era of time-shifted viewing, advertisers are in hot pursuit of the people who watch TV live.
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Burton Calls On 'Star Trek' Fans To Bring 'Reading Rainbow' To The Next Generation

Reading Rainbow went off the air in 2009, but the show's host, LeVar Burton, is raising money for an interactive website — and offering some pledge rewards that make NPR tote bags pale in comparison.
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Bob Newhart Looks Back On A Career Of One-Sided Conversations

David Greene talks to comedian Bob Newhart about his critically acclaimed show and career. The complete box set of The Bob Newhart Show is being released in its entirety for the first time.
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Why Mr. Rogers Is Having A Big Moment In Education

Digital media? Creativity? Early childhood education? Beloved TV host Fred Rogers was an early champion for trends that are hot in education today.
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'Normal Heart' Teaches New Generation About The Early Years Of AIDS

Ryan Murphy — the producer behind Glee and American Horror Story — has adapted Larry Kramer's 1985 play into a movie for HBO. "So many young people don't know this part of our history," Murphy says.
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HBO's 'The Normal Heart' Looks At The Early Days Of The AIDS Crisis

On Sunday night, HBO presents a new TV version of Larry Kramer's 1985 play. Kramer himself wrote the adaptation, which stars Mark Ruffalo and Julia Roberts.
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Does It 'Suck To Be A Fat Girl'?

A recent episode of FX show Louie raised some controversial questions about women, weight and body image. Did the episode miss the mark? Our panel of writers and bloggers weigh in.
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'The Maya Rudolph Show' And What It'll Take To Bring Back Variety

The comedian's prime-time NBC special is the latest rare attempt by network TV to revive the long-dormant genre. Fresh Air's critic doesn't think it succeeded, but he encourages TV to try, try again.

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