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From left, cast members Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Sammi Giancola, Paul DelVecchio, Jenni Farley, Nicole Polizzi, and Vinny Guadagnino, from the television show "Jersey Shore." (AP)
From left, cast members Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Sammi Giancola, Paul DelVecchio, Jenni Farley, Nicole Polizzi, and Vinny Guadagnino, from the television show "Jersey Shore." (AP)

50 years ago, Newton Minow, chair of the Federal Communication Commission, surveyed the landscape of television and called it a "vast wasteland."

But today he says he hasn't seen Jersey Shore but he does enjoy The Sopranos. In fact, when he surveys the TV landscape today he sees a much better picture, because there's so much choice. Minow reflects on the past, present and future of TV in an essay for The Atlantic and joins us to talk about it.

This segment aired on May 3, 2011.

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