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TV Westerns Prove The West Is Still Fun

While gritty TV Westerns like AMC's Hell on Wheels may be historically accurate, they often lack substance and fall victim to generic tropes. But as Eric Deggans argues, more modern Westerns like CBS' Vegas and A&E's Longmire make the West wild again with a dash of fun and style.
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Has Teen Courtship Gone Wild?

A Virginia teenager recently had a pilot fly a helicopter over his high school to ask a girl to a dance. Some say these spectacles are out of control but others ask, "why not?" Host Michel Martin leads a parenting panel on the costs of teen courtship with TV critic Eric Deggans, psychologist John Duffy, and blogger Carol Cain Alvarez.
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A Judge Dismisses 'The Bachelor' Discrimination Lawsuit, But Not Its Concerns

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit yesterday that claimed that The Bachelor discriminates against people of color. But the fact that the case was dismissed doesn't mean the conversation is over.
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A Check On How The Fall TV Season Is Going

With the fall television season well under way, Renee Montagne talks to reporter Kim Masters about how the broadcast networks and their new shows are faring. Masters is editor-at-large for The Hollywood Reporter and host of The Business on member station KCRW.
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Vice Presidential Debate Mirrors 'American Idol'

The first two debates of the 2012 election cycle have had stratospheric viewership on TV.
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Actress Daphne Reid Broke Barriers Before Her Big Break

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Actress Daphne Reid, better known as Will Smith's Aunt Viv from The Fresh Prince In Bel Air, was first a racial pioneer as Northwestern University's first African-American homecoming queen.

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With 'Clear Eyes, Full Hearts,' Romney Can't Lose?

Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has been using a new phrase on the campaign trail that's borrowed from one of his favorite TV shows, Friday Night Lights.

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