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Remembering Annette Funicello, America's Mouseketeer

Handpicked by Walt Disney to be one of the original Mouseketeers, Annette Funicello was America's girl next door. She spoke to Fresh Air in 1994 about Mickey Mouse ears and why she went public with her multiple sclerosis diagnosis. She died Monday at age 70 from complications of the disease.
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Mouseketeer Annette Funicello Dies At 70

Annette Funicello, who was part of the original cast of the 1950's Disney television program, The Mickey Mouse Club, died Monday. She was 70 and had had multiple sclerosis for decades. Funicello also co-starred in several Disney beach party movies in the 1960's along with Frankie Avalon.
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A Tip Of The Mouse Ears To Annette Funicello, 1942-2013

The Mouseketeer and bikini-musicals actress became a pop star and made a generation of boomer boys swoon. Later she faced multiple sclerosis with equanimity — and raised awareness and money in the process.
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Comedian D.L. Hughley Shares 'Savory And Sweet' Songs

D.L. Hughley is an actor-comedian, and currently a top 10 competitor on Dancing With The Stars. For Tell Me More's 'In Your Ear' series, he shares some favorite songs that he calls 'savory and sweet' — including an unlikely pick, a folk song that makes him think of his parents.
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Broadcasters Struggle To Tap Into The 'Zero TV' Crowd

Broadcasters will convene on Las Vegas this week to discuss the rapidly-growing demographic of people who don't subscribe to cable or satellite TV services. Revenues are falling fast as more viewers watch shows and movies online.
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Pirates Steal 'Game Of Thrones': Why HBO Doesn't Mind

More than 1 million fans illegally downloaded the first episode of Season 3 of the popular HBO series this week — within 24 hours of its premiere. The illicit popularity of the show, based on George R.R. Martin's best-selling fantasy books, has wider implications for the future of TV.
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As Audiences Shift To Cable, TV Programming Changes, Too

Broadcast TV used to have bigger stars, bigger audiences and bigger budgets. Cable shows were edgier, with more sex and violence than the broadcasters dared show. In the last few seasons, though, cable ratings have improved and broadcast shows have taken more risks. What's going on on TV?
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NBC Has More Problems Than Just 'Tonight Show' Hosts

NBC announced Wednesday that Jimmy Fallon will take over The Tonight Show from Jay Leno next spring. But NBC has a raft of other problems including a rocky ride in prime time. Plus, it fell from first place last fall to fifth in February — behind not just the other broadcast networks but the Spanish language Univision.

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