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Television news and analysis from The Nation
July 14, 2021
The Collective Trauma in ‘Mare of Easttown’
Unlike a standard true crime show, the HBO series focuses less on the mystery at its center and more on the community that must bear its consequences.
June 23, 2021
The Unfinished Evolution of Aziz Ansari
With the latest season of
Master of None
, the comedian and director’s attempt at a reboot of his creative approach reveals the limits of his perspective.
June 14, 2021
Raoul Peck’s World
Exterminate All the Brutes,
Peck offers a bold new history of colonialism and violence.
June 2, 2021
The Surreal Pleasures of ‘The Masked Singer’
By discarding all the tropes of standard reality TV, this singing competition allows viewers to revel in pure weirdness.
April 15, 2021
The Rigorous Satire of
In its fourth season, the HBO show cements its status as cutting, if imperfect, send-up of millennial self-actualization.
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March 31, 2021
The Places John Lurie Can Take You
A cult musician, actor, and director returns with a television show that’s nominally about painting but is in reality a creative and spiritual journey.
March 9, 2021
The Four Horsemen of the Media Apocalypse
The legacies of Trump, Limbaugh, Murdoch, and Ailes are a lasting plague of misinformation, propaganda, and fake news.
February 18, 2021
What Popular Culture Misunderstands About Addiction
Much of the film and TV we consume misleads audiences with inaccurate and harmful depictions of recovery and treatment.
January 27, 2021
Luca Guadagnino’s Meditation on Youth
His HBO series
We Are Who We Are
looks at teenagehood less as a time in one’s life than as a mindset one inhabits.
January 13, 2021
A ‘Daily Show’ Cocreator on Karens, Crickets, and Comedy After Trump
Lizz Winstead says, “If you can still laugh, you haven’t lost your capacity for hope.”