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1 Million Net Neutrality Comments Filed, But Will They Matter?

The last time the FCC saw this much public interest was after the Janet Jackson Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction. But research shows comments aren't likely to sway the agency's policy decision.

Appreciating James Garner: TV's Best Unhero

James Garner, star of classic TV shows Maverick and The Rockford Files, died Saturday at age 86. TV critic Eric Deggans says he pioneered playing a new character: the "unhero."

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Time Warner Rebuffs Rupert Murdoch's Big-Dollar Bid For Media Giant

Time Warner has rejected a buyout offer, reportedly as high as $80 billion, from Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox. A deal between the two companies would create a media powerhouse — and a thicket of challenges for anti-trust regulators.

Murdoch Confirms A Spurned Bid For Time Warner

Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox says that it sought to buy Time Warner last month, confirming an offer said to be worth $80 billion.

Morning Edition

Violence And Other Threats Raise Press Freedom Fears In Hong Kong

Self-censorship and a brutal knife attack on an editor are fueling anxiety about whether the ex-British colony can preserve the autonomy it was promised when it returned to Chinese rule in 1997.

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Vargas, Journalist And Immigration Activist, Is Detained In Texas

Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and undocumented Filipino immigrant, has been detained at a Border Patrol station.

NPR News Executive Leaves For Job At The Atlantic

Margaret Low Smith, who has served as NPR's senior vice president for news for three years, is leaving the company to become the president of The Atlantic's live events business.

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The Rise Of The Online Rebuttal — And How It's Making Waves In Print

Actor George Clooney published an online response to allegations made about his upcoming marriage by The Daily Mail, convincing the British tabloid to take its story down. It was just the latest successful example of an evolving phenomenon: the online rebuttal.

Asking Katherine Heigl The 'Difficult' Question At Press Tour

During a press conference about NBC's new fall drama State of Affairs, TV critic Eric Deggans asked the show's star an "elephant in the room" question.

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U.S. Tries To Slow Migrant Flow From Honduras

In an effort to stem the flow of children to the U.S., the State Department is funding media campaigns in Honduras. Cindy Carcamo of the Los Angeles Times talks with NPR's Arun Rath about the tactic.

The Inscrutable, Ubiquitous Wallace Shawn

July 23, 2014
Actor Wallace Shawn attends special screening of "Turks and Caicos" hosted by Vogue and The Cinema Society at the Crosby Street Hotel on Monday, April 7, 2014 in New York.  (AP)

From “The Princess Bride” to “My Dinner with Andre “and “A Master Builder,” actor and writer Wallace Shawn joins us.

Why Come North? A Panel Discussion On US Immigration Policy

July 23, 2014
In this Saturday, July 12, 2014, photo, migrants walk along train tracks and boxcars after getting off a train during their journey toward the US-Mexico border, in Ixtepec, southern Mexico. (AP)

Crisis at the US border. What do Latinos on this side of the border have to say? We’ll ask our special roundtable.

Senator Bernie Sanders: A Real 2016 Contender?

July 21, 2014
In this May 15, 2014, file photo, Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, during a committee hearing to examine the state of Veterans Affairs health care. (AP)

Will he run for president? We’ll ask Vermont’s Independent U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders.

Unpacking The Geo-Politics Of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 17

July 21, 2014
Toys and flowers are placed on the charred fuselage at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, July 20, 2014. (AP)

The United States and Russia after the downed plane. We’ll unpack the politics and latest news. Plus: the latest from Gaza.

Week In The News: Middle East Violence, Plane Crash In Ukraine, Immigration At Home

July 18, 2014
A woman walks at the site of a crashed Malaysia Airlines passenger plane near the village of Rozsypne, eastern Ukraine Friday, July 18, 2014. (AP)

Turmoil and violence in Israel and Gaza. New Russia sanctions. Immigration battle. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

The Mysterious Case Of The Vanishing Statehouse Reporters

July 18, 2014
Mark Leccese: "What do we lose when the local press isn't covering Beacon Hill?" (Jackie Sutherland/flickr)

What do we lose when the local press isn’t covering Beacon Hill?

Capturing A Deadly Scene In Gaza City

July 17, 2014
This photo by The New York Times' Tyler Hicks was taken shortly after Israeli ordnance struck a beach in Gaza City, killing four young boys and injuring one young adult, July 16, 2014. (Tyler Hicks/The New York Times)

Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times photographer Tyler Hicks photographed the scene of a strike that killed four Palestinian children yesterday.

Florida Crime Fiction And The New Face Of America

July 17, 2014
The Miami skyline as seen from Miami Beach. (Stefano Giudici/Flickr)

The New Yorker’s Adam Gopnik joins us on the seedy, wacky face of Sunshine State crime fiction.

Who Needs A Life Coach?

July 17, 2014
Attendees of the 2013 Argentina International Coaching Federation meet for networking and coaching training. (ICF)

The booming business of life coaches. Everybody seems to have one these days. Therapists are feeling the pinch. We look at the life coach craze.

Rupert Murdoch Makes A Play For Time Warner

July 16, 2014
Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox made an unsuccessful $80bn bid for rival Time Warner. (Drew Angerer-Pool/Getty Images)

The $80 billion takeover bid from Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox was rebuffed, but that may not stop the media magnate’s advances.

Patricia Arquette’s ‘Boyhood’ Journey

July 11, 2014
Patricia Arquette stars in the new film "Boyhood." She's pictured here at the Here & Now studios on July 10, 2014. (Jesse Costa/Here & Now)

Though she spent 12 years filming the acclaimed new film “Boyhood,” Arquette says she “wasn’t ready to finish it.”

The Plot Thickens For Senator Menendez

July 11, 2014
Committee Chairman Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) is pictured at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on June 5, 2014. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

NPR’s David Folkenflik discusses how this strange story about the New Jersey Democrat has unfolded in the media, and its validity.

Game Of Thrones Earns 19 Emmy Nominations

July 10, 2014
The HBO show "Game of Thrones" has received 19 Emmy nominations, including one for actress Lena Headey, left, who plays Cersei Lannister. (HBO)

Emmy nominations were announced early this morning. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans joins us with details.

Can American Democracy Be Saved?

July 10, 2014
Dean of the University of New Hampshire School of Law, John Broderick, left, watches as former U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, center, is introduced of U.S. Sen. Angus King, right, Sunday, April 21, 2013 in Concord, N.H. Snowe received the inaugural Warren B. Rudman award at a dedication ceremony for the former New Hampshire U.S. senator. (AP)

Former senators Olympia Snowe and Tom Daschle, Republican and Democrat, take on Washington gridlock.

The Lingering Chill Of The Movie ‘Frozen’

July 9, 2014
Shirie Leng: "Why is no one talking about the abject parenting failure inflicted upon [this film's] girls?" Pictured: Queen Elsa, from the animated Disney film, Frozen. (Disney/AP)

Why is no one talking about the abject parenting failure inflicted upon this film’s girls?

Wall Street Journal Turns 125 Under Rupert Murdoch

July 8, 2014
In celebration of its 125th anniversary, The Wall Street Journal reprinted the front page of its first edition, from July 8, 1889. (Here & Now)

NPR’s David Folkenflik discusses the paper’s distinguished history, place in U.S. media and how it’s changed under Murdoch’s ownership.

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