reality television en How Much Talent Does America Really Have? <p>America’s got talent! So does Britain…Pakistan, Nigeria, Greece, Vietnam, Sweden, Slovakia and a number of other countries in on the “Got Talent”, “Idol” or “X-Factor” franchises of reality TV talent shows. As <strong>Meg Wolitzer</strong> put it in an essay for <em>Financial Times</em>: “Regardless of your locale, at some point you will be confronted with a fetching, trembling little girl with a voice that’s powerful enough to shatter your eardrums, while still tender enough to break your frozen heart.<em>"</em></p><p>Wolitzer is the author of many books, most recently of <em>The Interestings. </em>Her essay, “<a href="" target="_blank">In Search of the Real Thing</a>” is a meditation on how our culture has come to equate talent with success.</p><p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 16:41:15 +0000 Virginia Prescott 35557 at How Much Talent Does America Really Have? Reality TV Gets A Dose Of Reality <p>The reality television industry could be in for a rude awakening – a lawsuit filed last year by David Hester could threaten to change the foundations of the immensely popular genre. Still functioning after its explosive success near the turn of the century, reality TV has begun to face declining ratings in many of its shows. Last December, Hester filed a lawsuit against A&amp;E after producers of “Storage Wars” allegedly rigged the outcome of the show’s competitors – with damaging results. <strong>Eriq Gardner </strong>is senior editor for the <a href="" target="_blank">Hollywood Reporter</a> and joins us to discuss the suit.</p><p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 15:13:51 +0000 Rebecca Lavoie 24940 at Reality TV Gets A Dose Of Reality The Drone War Meets The Jersey Shore <p>Reality TV production model used by U.S. Military to sort through raw data from drones.</p> Mon, 18 Jun 2012 14:00:00 +0000 Virginia Prescott & Brady Carlson 6792 at The Drone War Meets The Jersey Shore