The Two-Way
1:31 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Justices Signal Support For Arizona Immigration Law

The U.S. Supreme Court building.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

The early analyses of this morning's Supreme Court hearing on parts of Arizona's controversial immigration law are in, and the consensus is that the majority of justices will likely uphold the state's effort to reduce the number of people within its borders who may be there illegally.

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The Salt
1:02 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Mad Cow Disease: What You Need To Know Now

Cattle feeding practices have been changed in an effort to halt the spread of mad cow disease.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 10:29 am

Mad cow disease has been detected in a cow in California, the first time since 2006 that the deadly disease has surfaced in the U.S.

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The Two-Way
12:54 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Al Gore Put In Internet Hall Of Fame

Former Vice President Al Gore.
Joe Kohen Getty Images for Current TV

We're sorry to be a day late — you'd think in the Internet age we would have been more on top of this.

Former Vice President Al Gore (D) is among the inaugural inductees in the Internet Hall of Fame.

He's been lauded by the Internet Society for being "a key proponent [as a senator and vice president] of sponsoring legislation that funded the expansion of and greater public access to the Internet."

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The Two-Way
12:31 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

U.K. Back In Recession, After First Quarter Contraction

After its economy shrunk by 0.2 percent in the first three months of the year, Britain was officially dragged backed into recession. As the AP reports, " two consecutive quarters of negative growth are required for a country to be officially deemed to be in recession."

What does this mean? It depends on which economist you talk to.

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David Bianculli is a guest host and TV critic on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross. A contributor to the show since its inception, he has been a TV critic since 1975.

From 1993 to 2007, Bianculli was a TV critic for the New York Daily News.

Bianculli has written three books: Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of 'The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (Simon & Schuster/Touchstone, 2009),  Teleliteracy: Taking Television Seriously (1992), and Dictionary of Teleliteracy (1996).

An associate professor of TV and film at Rowan University in New Jersey, Bianculli is also the founder and editor of the online magazine, TVWorthWatching.com.

Television
12:11 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Hugh Laurie's 'House': No Pain, No Gain

Hugh Laurie has received two Golden Globe awards and two Screen Actors Guild awards for his portrayal of Dr. Gregory House.
Fox

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 1:20 pm

For the past eight seasons, actor Hugh Laurie has played Dr. Gregory House on the Fox medical series House. House is brash, narcissistic, unsympathetic, addicted to painkillers, confrontational — and 100 percent American.

Laurie is none of those things.

"I am not playing House today, so I am dressed as an Englishman and speaking as an Englishman," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "I'm wearing a bowler hat and carrying a furled umbrella. It's nice to have a day every now and then off from the vocal exercises."

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Television
12:10 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

I, David Bianculli, Highly Recommend 'I, Claudius'

Patrick Stewart co-starred in the BBC series that spanned the history of the Roman empire from Augustus through Claudius.
Acorn Media

I, Claudius came to American television, imported from the BBC, in 1977 — the same year as another ambitious long-form production, ABC's Roots, which proved to everyone that miniseries were an exciting and extremely popular new form of television. I, Claudius, shown on the PBS series Masterpiece Theatre, didn't get anything close to the audience that Roots did — but it sure got a lot of attention.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
12:10 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

The Crooked Way To Knowledge

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Looking for signs of Dark Matter at the ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile.
Iztok Bončina ESO

Originally published on Wed April 25, 2012 12:22 pm

The way science is usually taught in schools, one would think that knowledge grows at a linear rate, always accumulating, always going forward. However, a cursory look at the history of science shows that the truth couldn't be more different: the road toward knowledge is crooked and, sometimes, may even go backward when a wrongheaded notion persists well beyond its time.

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The Two-Way
11:52 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Two Videos, Two Amazing Basketball Shots

Armands Skele (at bottom, in the center of this screen grab) flipped the ball backhand toward the basket. And in it went.
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Word of Mouth
11:51 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Occupy Co-opts MoveOn.org

Occupy Game of Thrones Taglines
Photo by Mike Fleshman, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

New tactics for the 99%... Hundreds of Occupy Wall Street demonstrators descended on San Francisco yesterday in an attempt to crash banking giant Wells Fargo's annual shareholders meeting. Dozens of shareholder- protestors were ejected from the meeting for shouting about lofty executive pay, demanding the company pays a fair share of corporate taxes, and calling for a moratorium on home foreclosures.

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