Entertainment: Is it OK to Laugh Again?

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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.


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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