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From Podcast To Broadcast: 'Men In Blazers' Gets The ESPN Bump

The soccer podcast Men In Blazers started out as a modest Grantland podcast, then blew up when ESPN included them during World Cup coverage. As hosts Michael Davies and Roger Bennett tell NPR's Arun Rath, they'll soon have their own show on NBC Sports.

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Examining Bill Cosby's Legacy As 'The Cosby Show' Turns 30

On the anniversary of the iconic series, NPR's Eric Deggans talks with the author of a new Bill Cosby biography about how the show and the comedian have shaped perceptions of black families.

Iran's 'Happy' Dancers Receive Suspended Sentences

Seven young Iranians were arrested in May for producing their own version of the Pharrell Williams song "Happy." Iranian authorities said the video, which went viral, offended public morals.

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How Should The Media Handle Beheading Videos?

NPR's Arun Rath speaks with the Poynter Institute's Kelly McBride about the ethical issues raised by media organizations showing the killings of hostages by Islamic Militants.

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With Ray Rice Video, TMZ Remains King Of Celebrity Wrong-Doing

The Ray Rice video wasn't the first time TMZ has jolted the media world with raw videos or documents demonstrating celebrity wrong-doing. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with BuzzFeed's Anne Helen Petersen.

Why Michael Che's New Role Could Change More Than 'SNL'

The Daily Show correspondent will become the first black co-anchor of Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update." NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says his hire could help diversify comedy well beyond NBC.

Your Favorite Sites Will 'Slow Down' Today, For A Cause

Websites including Foursquare, Netflix and WordPress are taking part in Internet Slowdown Day to make a case for unfettered access to the Internet. The slowdown will only be symbolic, not real.

The Video, The Tabloid Site And The NFL's Unwanted Reckoning

The assault by former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice on his then-fiancee was public knowledge. But new video released by TMZ on Monday defined the story, says NPR's David Folkenflik.

Bruce Morton Tribute: Veteran Journalist Reached Beyond Race

Legendary CBS News journalist Bruce Morton died this Friday. As the industry marks his passing, Michel Martin remembers him for showing the power of mentoring across difference.

Does It Matter That Rosie Perez Is The First Latina Co-Host Of 'The View'?

The Oscar-nominated daughter of Puerto Rican parents is the first permanent Latina co-host in The View's 17-year history. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans explains why that matters.

Embattled NFL Commissioner Breaks Silence

September 19, 2014

Roger Goodell made his first public comments in more than one week about how the League has handled players accused of domestic violence.

Harvard Law’s Alan Dershowitz On Democracy’s Compromises

September 18, 2014
Members of the anti-war activist group CodePink interrupt a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. It is the first in a series of high-profile hearings that will measure congressional support for President Barack Obama's strategy to combat Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria. (AP)

When confronting terrorism, “how should a democracy decide when to compromise its ideals in pursuit of victory?”

Live From New York, It’s A New Voice

September 18, 2014
Former Saturday Night Live cast member will be the new announcer of the program. (Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

Saturday Night Live has announced that long-time former cast member Darrell Hammond will rejoin the show as the new voice of the program.

Sports Broadcasters React To Domestic Violence In The NFL

September 16, 2014
A fan wears an altered Ray Rice jersey outside of M&T Bank Stadium before the game between Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 11, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Even with multi-million dollar contracts between networks and the NFL, some sportscasters are excoriating the NFL over its response to players accused of domestic violence.

To End Domestic Violence, First Ditch Outdated Gender Stereotypes

September 16, 2014
Caryl Rivers: "We must at last rid society of the notion that men have to be in charge and women have to obey, even when they are being brutalized." Pictured: Ray and Janay Rice enter the Atlantic County Criminal Courthouse on Thursday, May 1, 2014. After the couple got into a physical altercation on Feb. 15 at an Atlantic City casino, both were charged with simple assault-domestic violence. (Mel Evans/AP)

We must at last rid society of the notion that men have to be in charge and women have to obey, even when they are being brutalized.

HBO’s New Documentary Captures Terror On Film

September 15, 2014
Heavy smoke rises from the Westgate Mall in Nairobi Kenya Monday Sept. 23 2013. Multiple large blasts have rocked the mall where a hostage siege is in its third day. (Jerome Delay/AP)

The new HBO documentary “Terror At The Mall” uses mall security footage to tell the story of the terrorist attack on the West Gate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya.

A Call To Reject Corporal Punishment As Part Of Black Culture

September 15, 2014
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson pictured in 2012. Peterson was placed on the inactive list last week after a Texas grand jury indicted him on child abuse charges. (Jim Mone/AP)

An incident of child abuse by an NFL player has raised questions about the use of corporal punishment as a form of discipline in the African-American community.

SNL Will Soon Have A New Face On Its Oldest Segment

September 12, 2014
Comedian Michael Che will be the new co-host of Saturday Night Lives "Weekend Update." He is seen here performing in a Comedy Central special. Screenshot from Comedy Central)

Michael Che will join Colin Jost as the co-anchor of Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update.”

MailOnline: Divining The Appeal Of The Most Popular News Website In The World

September 12, 2014
Mark Leccese: "Celebrity gossip! Lurid stories of death and dismemberment! Kids and animals doing whacky things!" (Marcelo Trasel/flickr)

Celebrity gossip! Lurid stories of death and dismemberment! Kids and animals doing whacky things!

Actor Jason Segel: I Walk A Fine Line Between Having Childlike Wonder And Being Creepy

September 11, 2014
Actor, screenwriter and now author Jason Segel in WBUR's studios. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

When you think of actor Jason Segel, you might think of some pretty “adult-themed” movies, but your kids probably know a very different Jason Segel.

Staying With An Abuser: It’s More Complicated Than ‘Stand By Your Man’

September 11, 2014
Suzanne Dubus: "While the public is confused about why Janay has rushed to [Rice's] defense and minimized the abuse that we all witnessed on that video, the outrage should be directed at the systems that failed her and all victims." Pictured: The NFL's Ravens announced on Monday, September 8, that they have  terminated Ray Rice's contract hours after TMZ.com posted video of the embattled running back punching his then-fiancée during an altercation at an Atlantic City hotel in February. (AP)

While the public is confused about why Janay has rushed to [Rice's] defense and minimized the abuse that we all witnessed on that video, the outrage should be directed at the systems that failed her and all victims.

TMZ Video Brings Down Ray Rice

September 9, 2014

How did a gossip site obtain footage of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee, and why didn’t traditional sports journalist break the story first?

New York Times Critic Ben Brantley On The Theater

September 9, 2014
Thayne Jasperson plays Porthos, the family dog, in the A.R.T. production of "Finding Neverland." (Courtesy of the American Repertory Theater)

The New York Times’ chief theater critic discusses why what the Times says still matters.

Islamic State Structured Like A Government

September 9, 2014
Canisters of gas are distributed to residents of the Iraqi town of Amerli on September 2, 2014, after Iraqi forces broke a months-long siege by Islamic State (IS) fighters. The Sunni extremist IS declared an Islamic "caliphate" in regions under its control in Iraq and Syria. (Ali Al-Saadi/AFP/Getty Images)

A new report from The Wall Street Journal finds that the militant group is highly structured, allowing it to amass wealth, create laws and command operations.

A Soap For Guys: The Final ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Season

September 9, 2014
The FX series, "Sons of Anarchy" is in its final season. (FX)

FX’s hugely popular drama “Sons of Anarchy” starts its final season tonight.

Bloomberg Back At The Helm Of His Media Empire

September 4, 2014
Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City, is pictured at the annual Transforming Transportation conference in Washington, D.C. on January 18, 2013. (Ryan Rayburn/World Bank)

The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson discusses what’s behind the decision and what it may mean for the company – and for the former mayor.

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