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July 2014

‘Halt and Catch Fire’ Is a Spark in the Arid Texas Heat

The tech mecca of Dallas gets plenty hot, and as AMC's Halt and Catch Fire attests, the heat is equally matched by tech industry intrigue.


Reality TV’s Enduring Racism (and Other Proclivities)

Sometimes, reality TV lives up to its name and casts "by the numbers". Most of the time, however, it casts according to race and sexual orientation.


The Many Faces of Female Friendship in ‘Orange Is the New Black’

Because female relationships are rarely depicted well on television, Orange Is the New Black stands out from the norm.


June 2014

2014 Fall TV Preview: Mondays

We take a look at what new TV series the major networks are offering this fall, starting with the Monday night roster.


‘True Detective’ and the Death of Television Criticism

Something has gone wrong if critics consider True Detective the best that contemporary television has to offer.


The Plight of ‘Secondary Sex’

On TV and in the movies, there's no time after the "first time'".


May 2014

Addressing America’s Brutal Past in ‘The Address’

The Address shows that there’s no point to public education if students don’t walk away with useful lessons for life.


April 2014

Why ‘The Amazing Race’ Can’t Lose

With rare exception CBS's Amazing Race has had a lock on the annual Emmy, but its wins are more about formula than quality.


February 2014

Chalk It Up to Bad ‘Luck’: The Demise of Seven One-Season TV Wonders

Unfortunately, some shows seem destined for cancellation right away, regardless of critical acclaim or the support of small, fanatical groups of fans.


The New Unholy Alliance of Kids and Reality TV

Reality television has come for our children. And there’s not a damned thing we can do about it.


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//Mixed media
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That Ribbon of Highway: Sharon Jones Re-shapes Woody Guthrie's Song

// Sound Affects

"Sharon Jones and Woodie Guthrie knew: great songs belong to everybody.

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