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A Deeper Dive Into Television's 'Difficult Men'

From Tony Soprano to Don Draper, male characters drive this new — and yet old — form of storytelling. Weekend Edition Sunday host Linda Wertheimer talks with Brett Martin, author of Difficult Men: Behind the scenes of the Creative Revolution from The Sopranos and the Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad.
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Can 'Devious Maids' Really Break Stereotypes About Latinas?

On Sundays this summer, Lifetime has a new show from the creator of Desperate Housewives, Mark Cherry. Critic Eric Deggans says Devious Maids is trying to explode stereotypes about Latinos and domestic workers. But it might not be trying hard enough.
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Learning What Not To Do From Paula Deen

Disgraced TV chef Paula Deen joined the ranks of public figures who've had to apologize for past mistakes. But how does the average person seek forgiveness when they don't have a P.R. team on speed dial? Host Michel Martin speaks with Steven Petrow, etiquette columnist at The New York Times, about apologies.
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Why Paula Deen Can't Be A 'Food Network Star'

The reasons Paula Deen couldn't stay on at Food Network are right there in a show it produces.
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'Devious Maids' On TV: Thumbs Up Or Down?

The new TV show Devious Maids is catching big buzz for the sexy and scandalous story lines - but not in a good way. Critics say the show perpetuates Latina stereotypes. Supporters say it's entertainment and gives Latina actresses some shine. Host Michel Martin asks the beauty shop ladies to weigh in.
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Is This Dog Really That Ugly?

A big-headed, duck-footed, 4-year-old beagle-basset mix captured the title of World's Ugliest Dog, despite stiff competition from a gang of Chinese cresteds.
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Paula Deen: Child Of Dixie, Meet The Internet Age

Revelations that celebrity chef Paula Deen admitted to using a racial epithet have inspired some pretty funny punning online. But they've also raised questions whether the controversy will see Deen's buttery empire crumble.
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'Dome' Luck: On CBS, A Drama About Getting Stuck With Each Other

What happens when Steven Spielberg's idealism and Stephen King's cynicism combine in a CBS TV series? Under the Dome may be packed with sci-fi what-ifs, but beneath its mysteries is a small American town working out some very familiar human problems.
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Chef Paula Deen Under Fire After Admitting To Racial Slurs

A lawsuit accuses Southern chef Paula Dean of using racial slurs in the workplace. Deen says she has used a slur regarding African-Americans, but not in a long time. The case is bringing out some surprising admissions.
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Actor James Gandolfini Dies Suddenly While On Vacation

The 51-year-old actor died on Wednesday in Rome. Reports attribute his death to a heart attack. Gandolfini had been a character actor for years before he was given a chance to read for Tony Soprano in a new series about a New Jersey mob boss HBO was producing in the late 90s.

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