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Alan Ball On Leaving 'True Blood' Behind

Writer/producer Alan Ball is leaving True Blood, the highly successful HBO show he created, at the end of its fifth season. He talks about the show, his childhood and coming out to his mother.
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PBS Remixes Bob Ross, Julia Child and Mister Rogers

Melissa Block talks to John Boswell, aka "Melodysheep," the producer behind the recent PBS auto-tune mixes that feature material from Mister Rogers, Bob Ross and Julia Child.
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Bill Hader On Sketch Comedy, His Love Of Old Films

Saturday Night Live's Bill Hader, nominated for an Emmy for his character Stefon, an obsessive clubgoer, says he needs a character to be funny. Hader tells Fresh Air that he doesn't know how people do standup — and that watching old films as a child sparked his interest in Hollywood.
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Comedy's Self-Deprecating Pioneer Phyllis Diller Dies

In the 1950s, when Diller started being funny for a living, there were no female standup comedians making it big. Some critics have said she succeeded because a lot of her material was about mocking herself. She died at home, where she'd been in hospice care after a fall, at the age of 95.
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Jaws, Teeth And Fins! Oh My! 'Shark Week' At 25

The Discovery Channel's annual "Shark Week" is one of the longest running events on cable television. After 25 years on the air, it's become an American icon of sorts. "Shark Week" executive producer Brooke Runnette explains how the team keeps the shows exciting year after year.
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Low Ratings Force CNN To Find A New Direction

CNN's ratings have hit record lows. The company is still making money thanks to its international presence, but U.S. viewers would rather watch its more opinionated competitors at MSNBC and Fox News. TV critic Eric Deggans of the Tampa Bay Times says CNN should shake things up.
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Has Marketing To LGBT Consumers Become Mainstream?

Not long ago, ads targeting gays and lesbians could only be found in alternative newspapers. Now Chevrolet, Levi Strauss and others are targeting that demographic. Guest host Jacki Lyden speaks with Advertising Age reporter Thomas Pardee about changes in LGBT-targeted advertising.

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