Winners And Losers Of The Fall TV Season Begin To Emerge

One month into the TV season, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says diversity is winning and rom coms are losing as new shows battle for viewers.

UPDATED: After Controversy, Toys R Us Pulls 'Breaking Bad' Action Figures

NPR |Oct. 21, 2014 4:45 p.m.

One Florida mom is calling on the retailer to stop selling action figures based on drug dealers in its stores. Toys R Us says the Breaking Bad toys are only meant for adults.

Clay Aiken: An American Idol On The Campaign Trail In North Carolina

NPR |Oct. 21, 2014 10:47 a.m.

American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken has hung up his microphone as he runs for congress as a Democrat in North Carolina. But the campaign is a long shot.

The Boston Herald's Missed 'Cartoongate' Lessons

NPR |Oct. 20, 2014 7:38 a.m.

The newspaper's heartfelt column about a political cartoon that widely criticized as racist raises a question: Did editors learn the right lessons from the uproar?

One Feminist Critic's Battle With Gaming's Darker Side

NPR |Oct. 20, 2014 5:41 a.m.

This week, Anita Sarkeesian, known for her series critiquing the portrayal of women in video games, canceled a talk at Utah State University after the school received a threat of a mass shooting.

What's In A Name? It Could Matter If You're Writing To Your Lawmaker

NPR |Oct. 13, 2014 6:42 a.m.

To test subtle biases, researchers sent state legislators identical emails about voting requirements. Some emails came from a man with a "Latino" name, and others from an "Anglo" name.

The Empire Strikes Back: The Fan-Made Version

NPR |Oct. 12, 2014 3:27 p.m.

A follow-up to 2010 Emmy-winner Star Wars Uncut, the film is a pastiche of live action, stop-motion and animation that shows both the contributors' talents and their passion for the original.

AMC's 'The Walking Dead' Is A Hit Show With Two Meanings

NPR |Oct. 11, 2014 11:20 a.m.

The early days of college hoops were dominated by flashy players who were thought to be naturally suited for the game and who saw the sport as their way out of the ghetto. They're not who you suspect.

You Can Create A Hit Video Game About Anything. Even Making Toast

NPR |Oct. 09, 2014 11:42 a.m.

Game designers peer deep inside your brain to keep you playing.

TV's 'Nashville' A Boon For The Tennessee City

NPR |Oct. 09, 2014 6:58 a.m.

The TV show Nashville is about the lives of fictional country music stars and aspiring stars — and its popularity is drawing visitors to the real city from around the world.

'The Flash' And 'Gotham' Succeed By Taking Comic Book Stories Seriously

NPR |Oct. 08, 2014 11:24 a.m.

The Supreme Court surprised many by refusing to weigh in on gay marriage Monday. And it prompted a question: What does this mean for same-sex couples in 20 states that still have a ban?

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