NPR's Eric Deggans on the Changing Face of Television

May 12, 2014

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We start today's show with Eric Deggans, NPR's first full-time TV critic. Eric and I have talked before about the issue of diversity in late night comedy programming and lo and behold, the very intriguing Larry Wilmore has been given his own show. So, we talk about that but Eric's main focus right now is a kind of television agrarian ritual, the unveiling of this year's crop of network shows, most of them to be harvested in the fall. A short description if you've been missing Matthew Perry, Patricia Arquette, Scott Bakula, Tea Leone and Katherine McPhee, just watch CBS. They all have series. 

After that,  we talk about guns and pot with's Christine Stuart. She tells us about the latest Q-Poll.

Last, we catch you up on the drafting of football player Michael Sam and the second wave of controversy that crashed when he kissed his boyfriend on camera. The co-founder of, Cyd Zeigler, will join us to talk about the wide range of reactions to the signing and to the emotional video of Sam getting the call.


  • Eric Deggans is the TV critic for NPR and the author of Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide A Nation
  • Cyd Zeigler is the co-founder of He's appeared on ESPN, and CNN, and has contributed to several publications including Outsports and the Huffington Post
  • Christine Stuart is the Editor of