On the Radio

Week of May 25, 2014

Daniel Y. Go

The Art of Television


Television used to be formulaic. Today, it’s the best gig around. We examine the explosion of high quality TV, from The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men, and talk with the creator of HBO’s True Detective.

  1. TV Revolution - Alan Sepinwall

    From The Sopranos and Friday Night Lights to The Wire and Breaking Bad, we're living through a TV revolution.  TV critic Alan Sepinwall gives the backstory of this explosion of great shows.

    To read Alan Sepinwall's blog, click here.

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  2. True Detective - Nic Pizzolatto

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    In a HBO's hit series "True Detective" is an uncanny blend of police procedural and metaphysical inquiry, set in the Louisiani bayous.  Creator and writer Nic Pizzolatto gives Steve Paulson the backstory.

    To see Pizzolatto's website, click here.

    Average: 4.3 (15 votes)
  3. TV and Literature - Lorrie Moore

    Is television the new novel?  Renowned author Lorrie Moore started writing about TV after she got hooked on The Wire.  She reflects on the literary sensibility of high quality television.

    Click here for Lorrie Moore's essays on The Wire, Friday Night Lights and Homeland.

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  4. "Husbands" - Brad Bell & Jane Espenson

    Is "Husbands" the future of television?  The Internet show is billed as the first marriage equality sitcom.  Creators Brad Bell and Jane Espenson explain how it fits in the long tradition of comedies fostering social change.

    Click here for Season One, Two and Three.

    Average: 4.8 (4 votes)
  5. Dangerous Idea: A Different Draft?

    Ralph Nader's Dangerous Idea? Drafting the children and grandchildren of elected representatives.

    Average: 4.3 (4 votes)
  6. On Our Minds: Iraq War Poetry

    Kevin Powers has spent the last decade reflecting on his experiences as a machine gunner in Iraq in 2004 and 2005.  He talks about his new poetry collection "Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting."

    Average: 5 (1 vote)
Image: Phil Whitehouse Via: flickr



The office has come a long way -- from the executive desk to the cubicle (also known as the "veal-fattening pen").  Today, we explore the changing nature of the American workplace.  And, how corporations rule the world. 

  1. Life Inc. - Douglas Rushkoff

    Douglas Rushkoff talks about his book, "Life Inc: How Corporatism Conquered the World, and How We Can Take It Back." 

    Average: 5 (5 votes)
  2. Cubed - Nikil Saval

    Nikil Saval talks about his book, "Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace." 

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  3. Sonic Sidebar: Waitresses

    Candacy Taylor talks about her book, "Counter Culture: The American Coffee Shop Waitress."

    Average: 5 (1 vote)
  4. Industrial Musicals - Steve Young

    Steve Young talks about his book, "Everything's Coming Up Profits: The Golden Age of Industrial Musicals."

    Average: 5 (2 votes)
  5. Dangerous Idea: The LitMode 100

    Colson Whitehead's Dangerous Idea?  The LitMode 100.

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  6. On Our Minds: Arundhati Roy

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    This week, the Indian election is on our minds, so we turn to one of Indian's most celebrated writers, Arundhati Roy.

    Average: 4.7 (3 votes)