reality television http://nhpr.org en 7.20.14: TV On The Radio http://nhpr.org/post/72014-tv-radio <p>From airplanes to high school cafeterias, television is everywhere these days. Whether you are a <em>Game of Thrones</em> diehard or an<em> Orange is the New Black</em> binger, most of us have found ourselves entrenched in what some call the Third Golden Age of Television. Today on Word of Mouth we talk all things television. First<strong>, Matt Zoller Seitz</strong>&nbsp; makes the case that <em>Seinfeld</em> was the original anti-hero. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:21:15 +0000 Word of Mouth 52185 at http://nhpr.org 7.20.14: TV On The Radio 7.14.14: TV Research And Delusions And An Undergarment Confession http://nhpr.org/post/71414-tv-research-and-delusions-and-undergarment-confession <p>Underwear, television and delusion. No, not a David Sedaris essay. These are some of the topics we are exploring on today’s Word of Mouth. Join us for an interview with psychiatrist Joe Gold about increasing prevalence of “Truman Show Delusions,” wherein people believe their life to be an elaborate reality show. Then, we talk to NY Times TV critic, Neil Gezlinger, about why television might not be the brain melting fluff we have been taught to think. Plus<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, producer Taylor&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Quimby</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;makes a startling confession about his undergarments. </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Also, birds are in our trees, on the beach and constantly in sight during the summer months, so we bring you two stories featuring these graceful creatures.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">Listen to the full show and&nbsp;</span><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; border-image: none; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">Read more</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">&nbsp;for individual segments.</span></p><p></p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:52:14 +0000 Word of Mouth 51893 at http://nhpr.org 7.14.14: TV Research And Delusions And An Undergarment Confession How Much Talent Does America Really Have? http://nhpr.org/post/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="http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/c3c4f7da-09f2-11e3-bc4e-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2fqGXVzAb" 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 http://nhpr.org How Much Talent Does America Really Have? Reality TV Gets A Dose Of Reality http://nhpr.org/post/reality-tv-gets-dose-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="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/storage-wars-rigging-lawsuit-david-422093" 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 http://nhpr.org Reality TV Gets A Dose Of Reality The Drone War Meets The Jersey Shore http://nhpr.org/post/drone-war-meets-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 http://nhpr.org The Drone War Meets The Jersey Shore