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Entertainment: Is it OK to Laugh Again?36:16
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In the days following September 11th, late night talk shows took several days off. Broadway shows played to half-filled houses. Movie releases and fall television were delayed.

Entertainment seemed so frivolous after several thousand people, and our sense of safety, perished in a plane crash in New York. Robert Thompson of Syracuse University says popular culture will be back and may provide the salve our society desperately needs.

Guests:

Robert Thompson, Professor of Media and Popular Culture at Syracuse University;

Charlie Pierce, columnist for Esquire Magazine;

Robert Siegel of the satirical weekly The Onion on finding a shred of humor in tragedy

This program aired on October 1, 2001.

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