TV or Not TV

September 23, 2007
(was 06.04.2006)

It turns out that television may not be quite the "boob tube" and "the idiot box" that we thought it was. It seems that watching TV can actually make you smarter... by posing new cognitive challenges for your brain to solve. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, we'll explore the cerebral side of TV. Also, the smart, subversive TV sketch comedy of "The Kids in the Hall." And a writer for "Frasier" talks about his latest novel.

  1. Steven Johnson on "Everything Bad Is Good for You"

    Steven Johnson tells Anne Strainchamps how television storytelling has become more sophisticated with mutiple plots lines extending over several episodes.

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  2. Joe Keenan on "My Lucky Star"

    Joe Keenan is a novelist. He reads from his latest - "My Lucky Star" - and talks about the story with Steve Paulson.

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  3. Kathleen Fitzpatrick on "The Anxiety of Obsolescence"

    Kathleen Fitzpatrick and Jim Fleming talk about television in the novels of writers Don DeLillo and Thomas Pynchon.

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  4. Dave Foley on The Kids in the Hall

    Dave Foley hosts "Celebrity Poker Showdown" but first rose to fame as one of The Kids in the Hall, a Canadian sketch comedy troupe.

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