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Television news and analysis from The Nation
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80 Days that Changed America
Fifty years later, Bobby Kennedy’s passionate, inspiring and tragic presidential campaign still fascinates. Two new projects explain why.
April 5, 2018
Jokes on Trump, Joke’s on Us
Aside from relieving liberal stress, what can anti-Trump satire accomplish?
March 2, 2018
The Surrealist Grace of Donald Glover’s ‘Atlanta’
At any given moment, it can feel like a family drama, a Southern Gothic horror story, and a sketch comedy.
March 2, 2018
‘Here and Now’ Checks Every Box
Is HBO’s new show a critique of our contemporary culture or a symptom of it?
February 14, 2018
With His Assault on PBS and NPR, Trump Seeks to Eliminate Real News
In much of America, PBS and NPR stations represent the primary alternative to fanaticism and fakery.
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February 6, 2018
The Mythology of Chicago
Lately, the city has been subjected to twin narratives in politics and pop culture that don’t account for how people actually live—and the new show
is reacting to both.
February 5, 2018
50 Years Ago Today, Late-Night TV Woke Us
Harry Belafonte’s week hosting the
show brought together the best of the ’60s—and prefigured the era’s decline.
February 1, 2018
TV’s Dystopia Boom
The nightmarish future ain’t what it used to be.
January 20, 2018
Weed Shall Overcome
No other TV series captures daily life in New York City quite like HBO’s
January 15, 2018
The Reality-Show President, Season One
Featuring meltdowns, tantrums, betrayals and racism. What happens next?