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Here's The Funny Thing About Black Women On 'SNL'

The late-night sketch comedy show is coming under new criticism. Should Saturday Night Live include more black, female comedians because it's the "right thing to do?"
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Medicinal Laughs: Could 'Daily Show' Sour Millennials On ACA?

Jon Stewart's news-driven comedy show has mined many a joke from the Affordable Care Act's rocky rollout. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans spoke with All Things Considered's Audie Cornish about whether the mockery could have a real impact on younger viewers' responses to the health care law.
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Sean Combs' Revolt TV: Puff Daddy Magic?

Hip-hop mogul Sean Combs has launched his own channel for cable. Revolt TV aims to bring a new generation - and its love of social media - to music television. Guest host Celeste Headlee discusses the venture with NPR television correspondent and critic Eric Deggans.
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Marcia Wallace, Longtime 'Simpsons' Cast Member, Dies At 70

Wallace is known to generations of TV fans for distinctly different roles on The Bob Newhart Show, as Carol Kester, and as school-weary teacher Edna Krabappel on The Simpsons.
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Fusion Wants Young Latinos To Turn On Their TVs

The new English-language cable channel, which launches Monday, aims to reach younger viewers with a Daily Show-inspired mix of news, pop culture and satire.
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Divide By D'oh! The 'Mathematical Secrets' Of The Simpsons

Author Simon Singh's new book teases out the mathematical references hidden in The Simpsons. Singh tells NPR's Scott Simon that the show's writing team includes several trained mathematicians — and that the logical bends and breaks of writing comedy can be very appealing to the mathematically minded.
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'Shop-And-Get-Frisked' When You Spend $350 At Barneys

A young black man is suing high-end retailer Barneys, saying he was arrested after buying a $350 belt. Host Michel Martin checks in with the Barbershop guys for a fresh cut on that story and the rest of the week's news.
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Antibiotics Can't Keep Up With 'Nightmare' Superbugs

On Tuesday night PBS' Frontline will investigate how decades of antibiotic overuse has led to the emergence of drug-resistant bacteria. Journalist David Hoffman says that understanding and fighting these bacteria should be a national priority. "A simple scrape on the playground could be fatal," he says.
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Canada Takes Cable A La Carte, But Don't Expect U.S. To Follow

If you want to watch MTV, you have to pay for ESPN, even if you don't like sports. TV viewers often complain their expensive bills include packages of channels that are bundled together. Now, Canada's government is requiring cable companies to change their pricing system. But that's unlikely to happen in the U.S.
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New Cable Channels Try To Lure Millennials Back To TV

Three brand-new cable channels all share exactly the same problem: How do you wrench the eyeballs of 20-somethings away from their gadgets and toward old-fashioned regular TV?

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