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Old-school villains like Dynasty's Alexis Carrington Colby Dexter Rowan (Joan Collins) could always be counted upon to bring some melo- with the drama. Bob D'Amico/ABC Photo Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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Monkey See

Where Did TV's Villains Go? Monsters, Anti-Heroes And Alexis Colby Carrington

TV has a bad guy problem. The rise of morally ambiguous anti-heroes like Tony Soprano has pushed chewier, more melodramatic villains aside. What we gained in nuance, we lost in sheer, hiss-worthy fun.

Marv Sepe is the chief operating officer of CTC Global in Irvine, Calif. The company manufactures high-capacity conductors for transmission lines. Maya Sugarman/KPCC hide caption

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A Nation Engaged: Sparking Conversations That Matter

In California, Curbing Trade Might Have Its Trade-Offs

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In California, Curbing Trade Might Have Its Trade-Offs

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U.S. Treasury Jack Lew says a better case needs to be made to U.S. workers who fear the effects of proposed trade deals with Asia and Europe. Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A Nation Engaged: Sparking Conversations That Matter

Treasury Secretary Lew On Global Trade Deals And Corporate Taxation

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Treasury Secretary Lew On Global Trade Deals And Corporate Taxation

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Coning left the Marines in 2013. His wife says she thinks it's likely he had post-traumatic stress disorder, but he was never tested for it by the VA. Courtesy of the Coning family hide caption

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After A Vet's Suicide, Getting VA Benefits Can Compound A Family's Grief

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Experimental drugs that clear clumps of proteins from the brains of Alzheimer's patients haven't panned out yet. Science Photo Library/Pasieka/Getty Images hide caption

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Test Of Experimental Alzheimer's Drug Finds Progress Against Brain Plaques

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Old-school villains like Dynasty's Alexis Carrington Colby Dexter Rowan (Joan Collins) could always be counted upon to bring some melo- with the drama. Bob D'Amico/ABC Photo Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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Where Did TV's Villains Go? Monsters, Anti-Heroes And Alexis Colby Carrington

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, shown here in January, wants to create a new Civilian Office on Police Accountability to investigate police shootings, allegations of excessive force and other police misconduct. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Chicago Mayor Creates Civilian Agency To Monitor Police

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Diane Robertson volunteered for Obama in 2008 and 2012 and is now volunteering for Clinton. She says "voter suppression" is the biggest motivating factor for black voters. Asma Khalid/NPR hide caption

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For Some Black Voters, 'Not Trump' Is The Number One Reason To Support Clinton

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