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Monday, Jan 11, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
by Cynthia Schneider
TED (November 2009)

“Cynthia Schneider looks at two international “American Idol”-style shows—one in Afghanistan, and one in the United Arab Emirates—and shows the surprising effect that these reality-TV competitions are creating in their societies.”


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Found in Translation: The Contemporary Arabic Novel
— Claudia Roth Pierpont (The New Yorker, 18 January 2010)
The Surprising Spread of "Idol" TV
— Cynthia Schneider (TED, November 2009)
Pop Culture in the Arab World (video)
— Shereen El Feki (TED, December 2009)
How a Few New Yorkers Are Trying to Save the Hunted Gay Men of Iraq
— Matt McAllester (New York, 4 October 2009)
Can the Muppets Make Friends in Ramallah?
— Samantha M. Shapiro (The New York Times Magazine, 30 September 2009)

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— Frank Bruni (The New York Times Magazine, 26 May 2011)
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— Tom Dickinson (Rolling Stone, 25 May 2011)
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— Daniel Bergner (The New York Times Magazine, 19 May 2011)
We Are All Teenage Werewolves
— Alex Pappademas (The New York Times Magazine, 22 May 2011)
Why Women Love Fantasy Literature
— Alyssa Rosenberg (The Atlantic, 10 May 2011)
What's Behind the Dearth of Female 'American Idol' Finalists?
— Ann Powers (Los Angeles Times, 27 April 2011)
"Treme" Untangles the Lessons of Trauma
— Matt Zoller Seitz (Salon, 25 April 2011)
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