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James Corden Nods To Talk Show Tradition With CBS's 'Late Late Show'

British comic actor James Corden took over CBS's Late Late Show on Monday with a star-studded debut. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says he offered a touch of talk show tradition with a modern feel.

All Things Considered

Remembering NPR's Bill Deputy, A 'Guardian Of Sound'

Sound was serious business for Bill Deputy, an audio engineer and All Things Considered technical director for many years. Deputy died Sunday at the age of 58.

Police Suspend Investigation Of U.Va. Rape Claims Made In 'Rolling Stone'

The Charlottesville Police Department said it was unable to uncover evidence that corroborated a story about a University of Virginia student who said she was raped during a 2012 fraternity party.

NPR Appoints The AP's Michael Oreskes As News Chief

Oreskes is a top Associated Press executive and former New York Times editor who has led newsrooms in such global centers as New York, Washington and Paris.

'The Jinx' And The Challenges of Public Curiosity

One of the lessons documentarians are learning is that the more people like your work, the more they ask questions about it.

Does Fox's 'Empire' Break Or Bolster Black Stereotypes?

The hip-hop drama ends its first season Wednesday as a huge hit, thanks to black viewers. But NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says it also has sparked a complex debate over TV stereotypes.

Morning Edition

In Mexico, A Fight Over Press Freedom

A Mexican broadcaster has fired one of the country's most prestigious journalists and set off a firestorm over freedom of expression and the press.

Morning Edition

Does Success Of HBO's 'The Jinx' Herald New Form Of True-Crime TV?

The docu-series ended Sunday with murder suspect Robert Durst seeming to admit guilt. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says that moment may also have created a TV genre with its own set of rules.

Univision Race Gaffe Shows Culture Gap

A Univision commentator's ugly remarks about Michelle Obama are more than just an idle misstep. Essayist Maria Murriel says they reveal an ugly truth about Latin American culture: It's really racist.

FCC Publishes Full Text Of Net Neutrality Rules

Two weeks after it voted to approve rules on net neutrality, the Federal Communications Commission releases what Chairman Tom Wheeler calls "a shining example of American democracy at work."

Using Poetry To Expose The Power Of Money, Class And Gender

March 27, 2015
Alissa Quart is an author, a journalist and most recently, a poet. (alissaquart.com)

Alissa Quart’s first book of poetry is both personal and universal – inspired by work and research she has done as a journalist.

George Carlin Honored In National Portrait Gallery

March 27, 2015
The portrait that will hang in the National Portrait Gallery. George Carlin (1937–2008) by Arthur Grace (b. 1947), gelatin silver print, 1990 (printed 2010). National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution © Arthur Grace.

The late comedian is being honored with a portrait at the Smithsonian Museum’s National Portrait Gallery.

Week In The News: Germanwings Crash, Ted Cruz 2016, Yemen Unravels

March 27, 2015
Rescue workers work on debris of the Germanwings jet at the crash site near Seyne-les-Alpes, France, Thursday, March 26, 2015. The co-pilot of the Germanwings jet barricaded himself in the cockpit and “intentionally” rammed the plane full speed into the French Alps, ignoring the captain’s frantic pounding on the cockpit door and the screams of terror from passengers, a prosecutor said Thursday. (AP)

The co-pilot and the plane in the Alps? Ted Cruz announces 2016 bid. Heinz buys Kraft. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Flapjacks And Flops: Why The Jokes At The St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast Were Beside The Point

March 26, 2015
Jimmy Tingle: "How often do elected officials, working in the fishbowl of public life, get to publicly enjoy themselves in the company of their peers and constituents?" Pictured: Boston Mayor Martin Walsh was among local, state and federal officials to celebrate the annual St. Patrick's Day Breakfast on March 15, 2015, hosted by Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in South Boston.
(City of Boston Mayor's Office/flickr)

How often do elected officials, working in the fishbowl of public life, get to publicly enjoy themselves in the company of their peers and constituents?

Britain’s ‘Greatest Complainer’ Doesn’t Get Mad, He Gets Even

March 24, 2015
John Cleese (R) reprises the famous Monty Python "Dead Parrot" sketch on Saturday Night Live. He is a customer trying to register a complaint: he was sold a dead parrot. (Screenshot)

Jasper Griegson is a complaint expert and wrote over 5,000 complaint letters on behalf of readers of the British newspaper, The Daily Express.

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson Joins Late Night Lineup

March 24, 2015
Neil deGrasse Tyson, author, astrophysicist, lecturer and director of the Hayden Planetarium will be premiering a new show on National Geographic, based on his popular podcast, "Star Talk." (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Neil deGrasse Tyson is bringing his popular podcast, “Star Talk” to the screen with a talk show on National Geographic.

Otis Byrd: No Man Is An Island — Or Merely A Symbol

March 24, 2015
A Port Gibson, Miss., resident walks past a mural depicting a successful economic boycott protest in the 1960's, Monday, March 23, 2015. A small group of residents and friends gathered nearby to show support for the Otis Byrd's family and to call on federal and state authorities to do a thorough investigation into his death. Byrd's body was found last Thursday, hanging from a sheet from a tree in a rural area outside of Port Gibson. The FBI is consulting with its behavioral analysis unit as it continues investigating the hanging death of Byrd. (Rogelio V. Solis/AP)

At what point does the individual case fall victim to an inherited history?

China’s Top Weather Official Warns Of Climate Change Risks

March 23, 2015
A man wears a mask amid heavy smog on the Bund in Shanghai on November 12, 2014. (AFP/Getty Images)

In rare public statement, Zheng Guoguang said climate change could have devastating ecological impacts on China.

Millennials Are Avid, ‘Accidental’ News Consumers

March 23, 2015
Millennials are avid news consumers, although they come across it through their social networks -- rather than going directly to the source. (Ed Yourdon/Flickr)

A new report finds Millennials rely on their social media feeds for news, rather than seeking it out on news sites.

News On Social Media: From Otis Byrd To Malaysia Sedition Charges

March 23, 2015
Hundreds of people attended the burial of an Afghan woman on Sunday. She was beaten to death and set on fire by a mob for allegedly burning a copy of the Qur'an. (Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images)

In our weekly installment, we take a look at how some of the events of the news are filtering through social media.

Curtain Closes On ‘Kroll Show’

March 23, 2015
Comedian Nick Kroll speaks onstage at Variety's 5th annual Power of Comedy on December 11, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. He is the creator of "The Kroll Show" which wraps up on Comedy Central after three years. (Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Variety)

Comedian Nick Kroll, the creator of “Kroll Show” on Comedy Central, talks about what he has in line next, after the series comes to an end.

Week In The News: Bibi Wins, GOP Budget, Millionaire 'Killed Them All'

March 20, 2015
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu casts his vote during Israel's parliamentary elections in Jerusalem, Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2015. His Likud party would go on to win the most seats in a divided Israeli legislature, virtually guaranteeing the controversial leader a fourth term in office. (AP)

Netanyahu’s controversial victory. The GOP budget. Museum massacre in Tunisia. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

The Growing Allure – And Ease — Of Unbundling Cable TV

March 19, 2015
In this March 9, 2015 file photo, Richard Plepler, CEO of HBO, talks about HBO Now for Apple TV during an Apple event in San Francisco. For the first time, Americans will be able to subscribe to HBO without a cable or satellite TV subscription. (AP)

The Internet “unbundles” cable TV. We’ll look at big new deals and what they mean for cost, content and you.

Changing The Conversation With #IAmAStatistic

March 18, 2015
(L-R) Neil Osborne, Max Tilus,Tyler Holness, and Jack McGoldrick are behind "Statistic" -- to change the conversation about African-American men. (Robin Lubbock/Here & Now)

Many of statistics reflect African-American men’s experiences in a negative light, but what if the statistics focused on their positive accomplishments?

Durst ‘Confession’ Raises Ethical Questions

March 18, 2015
Ethical questions about the supposed murder confession captured on HBO's documentary "The Jinx" continue to arise. ( HBO)

NPR’s David Folkenflik discusses the ethical questions for filmmakers surrounding a supposed confession caught on tape.

Apple In Talks To Begin Providing Cable Service

March 17, 2015
Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks following an introduction of the new iPhone 5 in San Francisco, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. (Eric Risberg/AP)

Apple’s new proposed cable service offers 25 channels, but it may complicate things for consumers — many of whom get their Internet through their cable provider.

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