Tina Fey as Liz Lemon.
January 31, 2013 30 Rock has a tricky set of gender politics, but it turned out to be a profoundly feminist show, not because of what it said, but because of whose voice was speaking.
January 30, 2013 The "lowest common denominator" isn't really a bad thing. It's commonality; it's one of the parts of culture that are richest and most beneficial, provided we can define it properly.
Tina Fey as Liz Lemon on NBC's 30 Rock.
January 29, 2013 One of the saddest episodes of 30 Rock — if you happen to be Liz Lemon — turned out to be one of its most important.
January 25, 2013 On this week's show, we borrow from a great essay about nerd culture and autism and bring back one of our favorite semi-regular segments.
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President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama attend an inaugural ball at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Monday night.
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January 21, 2013 The inaugural ball is sort of a strange event — it's not really fancy, but everyone treats it like it is. People are determined to have the experience be special, even if the surroundings aren't.
First lady Michelle Obama waves after addressing the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 4.
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January 20, 2013 Michelle Obama's bangs recently caused a stir, and so did Kate Middleton's. But surprisingly enough, some of the conflicting, complex expectations of first ladies aren't all that different from those of modern royalty.
The cast of Glee, which is in its fourth season on Fox.
January 18, 2013 Glee is taking a lot of heat for repurposing a cover version of "Baby Got Back" without crediting the arranger. In a social media world, it's the kind of move that has extra risks.
January 18, 2013 On this week's show, we touch on the Oscar nominations that were and were not, as well as the surprisingly good Globes telecast.
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"Dear Abby" columnist Pauline Phillips, seen here in 2001, died Wednesday.
January 17, 2013 "Dear Abby" columnist Pauline Phillips died Wednesday. We take a moment to answer a question we weren't actually asked: Why do people ask strangers for advice anyway?
Ted Allen addresses the chefs competing on the Chopped Holiday Special.
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January 17, 2013 Believe it or not, Food Network's crazy-ingredient competition has more relevance to the home cook than a lot of higher-profile shows.
Seen here in 2005, Huell Howser was remembered by hundreds of fans on Tuesday.
January 16, 2013 California public television host Huell Howser earned the affection of many fans, hundreds of whom turned out for a memorial Tuesday night.
January 16, 2013 We've crowdsourced a good-mood playlist before; now we made another one. Or rather, you made another one.
Cyclist Lance Armstrong addresses participants at a Livestrong event in October.
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January 15, 2013 With Lance Armstrong set to confess to Oprah Winfrey, what comes into stark relief isn't just that he has apparently said a lot of things that weren't true, but that he has said them very forcefully.
Seen here in January 2012, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are the hosts of Sunday night's Golden Globes.
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January 13, 2013 Tonight, we'll be live-blogging the Golden Globes and hoping for great things from hosts Amy Poehler and Tina Fey.
January 11, 2013 This week: the British import with some of the best hats on TV, and the question of how to get back a disgruntled audience.
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