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NPR's Eric Deggans on the Changing Face of Television

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We start today's show with Eric Deggans, NPR's first full-time TV critic. Eric and I have talked before about the issue of diversity in late night comedy programming and lo and behold, the very intriguing Larry Wilmore has been given his own show. So, we talk about that but Eric's main focus right now is a kind of television agrarian ritual, the unveiling of this year's crop of network shows, most of them to be harvested in the fall. A short description if you've been missing Matthew Perry, Patricia Arquette, Scott Bakula, Tea Leone and Katherine McPhee, just watch CBS. They all have series. 

After that,  we talk about guns and pot with CTNewsJunkie.com's Christine Stuart. She tells us about the latest Q-Poll.

Last, we catch you up on the drafting of football player Michael Sam and the second wave of controversy that crashed when he kissed his boyfriend on camera. The co-founder of Outsports.com, CydZeigler, will join us to talk about the wide range of reactions to the signing and to the emotional video of Sam getting the call.


  • Eric Deggans is the TV critic for NPR and the author of Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide A Nation
  • Cyd Zeigler is the co-founder of Outsports.com. He's appeared on ESPN, and CNN, and has contributed to several publications including Outsports and the Huffington Post
  • Christine Stuart is the Editor of CTNewsJunkie.com

Colin McEnroe is a radio host, newspaper columnist, magazine writer, author, playwright, lecturer, moderator, college instructor and occasional singer. Colin can be reached at colin@ctpublic.org.
Chion Wolf is the host of Audacious with Chion Wolf on Connecticut Public.
Betsy started as an intern at WNPR in 2011 after earning a Master's Degree in American and Museum Studies from Trinity College. She served as the Senior Producer for 'The Colin McEnroe Show' for several years before stepping down in 2021 and returning to her previous career as a registered nurse. She still produces shows with Colin and the team when her schedule allows.

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