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Television
3:30 pm
Sat May 12, 2012

How TV Brought Gay People Into Our Homes

The hit TV show Modern Family features a gay couple trying to adopt their second child.
ABC via Getty Images

Originally published on Sat May 12, 2012 5:05 pm

In one of the most talked-about moments from the hit TV show Glee, Blaine declared his love for Kurt and then — they kissed.

Glee is just one of many popular shows on television right now that feature gay characters. Those characters aren't just entertaining us, they're changing Americans' attitudes toward homosexuality.

In five separate studies, professor Edward Schiappa and his colleagues at the University of Minnesota have found that the presence of gay characters on television programs decreases prejudices among viewers.

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Author Interviews
6:52 am
Sat May 12, 2012

How A 'Daily Show' Writer Grew Up Funny

Lizz Winstead is a co-creator and former head writer of The Daily Show and one of the founders of Air America Radio.
Mindy Tucker Courtesy Riverhead

Originally published on Tue May 15, 2012 2:09 pm

Lizz Winstead has always looked at life a little differently. She never believed that stork story, for example. She says she loved her Barbie doll when she was a little girl, growing up in Minnesota, but Barbie didn't mean impossibly perfect pulchritudinous plastic beauty to young Lizz. It meant something different.

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Author Interviews
5:19 am
Sat May 12, 2012

'In One Person': A Tangled Gender-Bender

Simon & Schuster

Originally published on Sat May 12, 2012 8:25 am

The star of John Irving's new novel, In One Person, is Billy Abbott. Billy is a character at the mercy of his own teenage crushes, which are visited upon by a whole repertory company of gender-bending characters.

It's a repertory company in the most literal sense, too. Billy spends many days backstage at the local theater — where gender can also fluctuate and where his family members are regulars.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:46 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait Plays Not My Job

Matt Carr Getty Images

Originally published on Sat May 12, 2012 10:25 am

Some people have sick and twisted ideas and end up in jail. Some people have sick and twisted ideas and end up making great, funny, twisted movies. This week's Not My Job guest — comedian, writer and director Bobcat Goldthwait — is thankfully one of the latter. His latest movie is a black comedy called God Bless America.

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Books
3:15 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Perlutsky's 'Carnival Of Animals' Poems Meet Music

Originally published on Fri May 11, 2012 5:52 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Jack Prelutsky says when he was a child, teachers made poetry a chore rather than a pleasure. He grew up and became a poet writing verse for children, dozens of books. And this weekend, Prelutsky's poems will get some accompaniment from the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center here in Washington, D.C. He talked with NPR's Lynn Neary.

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