The Success Of Fox's 'Empire' Reveals A Few Dos And Don'ts For TV

Fox's hip-hop drama is a growing hit that could rescue the network. In a fragmented marketplace, the TV industry is learning the value of creating shows for under-served audiences.

Seahawks, Patriots, Face Off For Super Bowl XLIX

Seattle, the defending champs, hope to do it again in Glendale, Ariz., but the oddsmakers slightly favor New England.

Weekend Edition Saturday

The Infinite Whiteness Of Public Radio Voices

The hashtag #publicradiovoices, about the "whiteness" of public radio, trended on Twitter this week. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Gene Demby of NPR's Code Switch team about the conversation.

Morning Edition

Media Outlets Partner With Snapchat To Appeal To Younger Users

As people disappear from the audiences of conventional news organizations, 11 media outlets have partnered with Snapchat in the U.S. to offer its younger users easily digested fare within the app.

Morning Edition

'Morning Edition' Says Goodbye To Ellen McDonnell

Ellen McDonnell was an original staff member of the show — starting in 1979 as a news writer, then overnight producer and eventually executive producer. She later oversaw all of NPR's news programs.

All Things Considered

Challenging The Whiteness Of Public Radio

Chenjerai Kumanyika loves public radio, but when it's his turn at the microphone, he worries that he doesn't sound like himself. It got him thinking about the predominant white sound of public media.

With 'Discover' Feature, Snapchat Bucks Social Trend In News

Snapchat says social media likes and shares aren't what makes a story important. The ephemeral messaging app has rolled out Discover, featuring multimedia articles from major news brands.

All Things Considered

NBC's 'Parenthood' Ends As A Family Drama Built On Small Moments

After six seasons, the final episode airs tonight. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says the show is a rare gem; a family drama centered on the small, emotional moments between relatives.

Morning Edition

Syrian President Assad Talks To 'Foreign Affairs' Magazine

The civil war in Syria has been going on for almost four years. Jonathan Tepperman recently met with President Bashar Assad in Damascus. He talks to Steve Inskeep about how Assad views the conflict.

Intended For Millennials, Dish's Sling TV Is A Cord Cutter's Dream

Dish Network soon debuts its Sling TV streaming service, with a small group of cable channels for $20 a month. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans tried it and says Sling TV is a welcome challenge to cable.

Seattle Seahawks Reminiscent Of Beloved Boston Teams

February 1, 2015
Pedestrians walk past a mural of an Arizona landscape as a banner of the Vince Lombardi Super Bowl Trophy decorates a building in Phoenix. The New England Patriots face the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX today, in Glendale, Ariz. (David Goldman/AP)

The Seattle Seahawks are a team Boston fans could love. They’ve got the same ethic of unheralded champions as the Patriots and the same irreverent free spirit of the 2004 Red Sox.

Amid National Racial Turmoil, New York Times Drops Its Race Beat

January 30, 2015
Tanzina Vega, who was covering The New York Times' race and ethnicity beat, has been reassigned to cover the Bronx courts. (Twitter)

Race and ethnicity reporter Tanzina Vega has been reassigned to cover the Bronx courts. NPR’s David Folkenflik weighs in.

What 'American Sniper' Gets Right – And Wrong – About War

January 30, 2015
In the new film "American Sniper," Bradley Cooper plays real-life US Navy Seal Chris Kyle, who was the deadliest marksman in American history. (Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures)

“American Sniper.” Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper’s war film keeps crushing at the box office and stirring more controversy. We’ll go to it.

Week In The News: Northeast Blizzard, Greek Shakeup, GOP Preps For 2016

January 30, 2015
Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch gathers her papers during a break in her testimony on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on her nomination. (AP)

Obama abroad. Hostage drama. Attorney general hearings. Snow days. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

$4.5 Million, 30 Seconds, 1 Super Bowl Ad: Priceless?

January 28, 2015
The Super Bowl ad from the glue maker Loctite involves people dancing with fanny packs. (YouTube)

This Sunday is the Super Bowl, which means the biggest and most expensive advertising night of the year.

Indiana Governor Getting Heat For State-Sponsored News Site

January 28, 2015
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence gives a speech in Indianapolis on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (Michael Conroy/AP)

NPR’s David Folkenflik weighs in on Gov. Mike Pence’s plan for a state-run taxpayer-funded news site called “Just IN.”

Super Bowl Media Circus Nearly Deflategate-Free

January 28, 2015
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick answers questions during media day for NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game Tuesday. (Matt York/AP)

The New England Patriots may be finally turning the corner on “Deflategate.” On their first full day in Arizona ahead of the Super Bowl there on Sunday, they took part in what’s called “Media Day,” where the focus was no longer on the underinflated footballs.

Why Aren’t There More Latinos On TV?

January 27, 2015
Cristela Alonzo stars in the ABC sitcom "Cristela." She also created and writes for the show. (Adam Taylor/ABC)

New numbers show the four big television networks have made progress diversifying their casts, but only among African-Americans.

How To Live Like A Victorian, Right Now

January 26, 2015
Frederick Daniel Hardy's "Baby's Birthday" (1867) shows a typical Victorian English family at home.  (Wikimedia / Creative Commons)

Brush your teeth with soot, stay away from water, wear a steel corset. We’ll talk with the author of “How to be a Victorian.” Strange ways from another age.

Transition And Unease In The Arabian Peninsula

January 26, 2015
Yemeni protesters gather during a demonstration to show their support to Houthi Shiite rebels in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.  (AP)

Yemen in turmoil, a new king in Saudi Arabia. We’ll look at what’s next for the Arabian Peninsula. Plus: the President’s trip to the Indian subcontinent.

Impartial Juries In A Media-Soaked Age

January 23, 2015
People enter the Arapahoe County Justice Center in Centennial, Colo., Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. The jury selection process in the trial of Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes began Tuesday, and is expected to take several weeks to a few months. Holmes is charged with killing 12 people and wounding more than 50 in an Aurora movie theater in 2012 (AP)

The Marathon bombing, the Aurora movie theater shootings, and the challenges of picking an impartial jury.

Week In The News: State Of The Union, Yemen Crisis, 'DeflateGate'

January 23, 2015
A Cuban flag and an American flag stand in the press room during the second day of talks between U.S. and Cuban officials, in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. (AP)

President Obama comes out swinging in his State of the Union. High level talks in Cuba. Japanese hostages. “American Sniper” controversy. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Beauty, Art And Millions Of Dollars: The Life And Power Of Helena Rubinstein

January 21, 2015
Helena Rubinstein holding one of her masks from the Ivory Coast, 1934. Photograph by George Maillard Kesslere.
Helena Rubinstein Foundation Archives, Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY, Gladys Marcus Library, Special Collections

Cosmetics pioneer Helena Rubinstein, and her story of women, beauty, wealth and power.

Birmingham Mayor: ‘No-Go’ Zone Label Is ‘Totally Unfair’

January 20, 2015
Councillor Shafique Shah is Lord Mayor of Birmingham, England. (

The lord mayor of England’s second-largest city responded to media comments calling his city a “no-go” zone for non-Muslims.

‘The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore': A Critic's Look

January 20, 2015
Host Larry Wilmore, hip-hop artist/activist Talib Kweli and comedian Bill Burr appear on the debut episode of Comedy Central's "The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore" at The Nightly Show Studios on January 19, 2015 in New York City. (Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Comedy Central)

The show premiered on Comedy Central last night and dove right into conversations on race. NPR’s Eric Deggans shares his take.

The Grateful Dead Comes Back

January 20, 2015
From left to right Grateful Dead's Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir with San Francisco Giants' Tim Flannery sing the national anthem before Game 3 of the National League baseball championship series between the San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP)

The Grateful Dead, reuniting. We look at the long strange trip of one of the most successful bands in history.

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