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Building A Show: 101

Another day, another hop and skip across the emotional continuum.

We'd love to know how you're reacting to this. There are different ways of building a show: there's the stay-on-the-news method (which is obvious — stick to the headlines), there's the build-a-theme method (make all the pieces fit together) and there's the buffet method (try to have something for everybody).

We're doing a little of them all...

Our lead segment — the PBS presidential debate is tonight, and we examine the decision by the top GOP contenders not to participate. We then brought you the interview with Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai. I told you about her earlier — she's making the rounds with her book so you might have heard her speak elsewhere by now. Still, as NPR pursues its year-long series about climate change, who better to talk to than the first environmentalist to win the Nobel Peace Prize? And then...in time for the fall TV rollout, more from the land of television: a fascinating (I think) conversation with Johnathon Rodgers, President and CEO of TV One.

TV One is probably less well-known than BET, having come on the scene later. It strives for a more mature audience. BET is pretty clearly aimed at the 18-24 year-old crowd, while TV One is aiming older. But Johnathon is one of the business' heavy weights — probably one of the most influential television executives out there, but less well known to the general audience. I think he offered a bracing assessment of the state of the industry. More of that, I think.

Coming up... reaction from tonight's PBS debate. We'll have two of the three questioners (the third will be on a plane).

...And our usual Friday fare — the Barbershop.

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