Talking TV With Ryan and Ryan

Mo Ryan is here with an hour-plus discussion with TV and media critic Eric Deggans, who wrote the fascinating new book "Race Baiter." 

Eric is the television and media critic for the Tampa Bay Times and also a contributor to NPR, and he's one of the most intelligent and most cogent critics I know. In his book, which I highly recommend, he has used his clear-sighted intelligence and his compassionate persistence to examine the way television does -- and does not -- deal with matters of race.  

Why are there so few characters of color -- still -- on television? Why are leading characters so often white? Why do reality-show contestants so often conform to stereotypes about race, gender and class? Why does the news media persist in fanning the flames of conflict and discord rather than present opportunities for real discussions about important matters in this arena?

With solid reporting and clear-eyed analysis, Eric examines all these things and more in his book, and we discuss many of those topics in the podcast. We discuss how the book got that name, why the television industry is resistant real evolution in this area and how certain shows treat black characters, in addition to many other topics. The book opened my eyes to things I hadn't thought about as much as I should have, and our discussion did the same. I truly hope you enjoy our chat. I certainly did, because Eric is a smart and thoughtful critic and it is a pleasure to listen to and learn from him. 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:12pm EDT
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Mo Ryan and Ryan McGee are here with a 45-minute installment dedicated entirely to the season finale of "Homeland". All Saul, all the time.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:03pm EDT
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Mo Ryan and Ryan McGee are here with a 90-minute chat split into two parts.

0:00 - 42:42: Mo and Ryan each pick three shows that barely missed being in their year-end Top 10 lists.

42:42 - End: Grantland's Andy Greenwald stops by to break down the "Homeland" episode "In Memoriam", and seeks advice on making a Top 10 list of his own.

Skype gets a little testy at times, but stick with it. This was a fun, fun show to record.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:03am EDT
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Mo Ryan and Ryan McGee are here with an hour-long chat that intertwines discussions of this season of "Homeland" and "Sons of Anarchy" through December 3, 2012. There are no segments in this podcast. Just sixty-plus minutes about these two shows and their surprising relationship to one another.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:08am EDT
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Mo Ryan and Ryan McGee are here with an hour-long chat with TV critic Alan Sepinwall to discuss his new book, "The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers, and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever". Whether or not you have read the book, you'll want to hear what Alan had to say to the two Ryans.

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Category:Watching TV -- posted at: 10:38pm EDT
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Mo Ryan and Ryan McGee are here with a nearly hour-long look at "Homeland" and how it fits into the new narrative tropes shows are employing in 2012.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:01am EDT
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Mo Ryan and Ryan McGee are here with an hour-plus look at four shows.

The Mindy Project: 0:00 - 10:50

Go On: 10:50 - 20:48

Ben And Kate: 20:48 - 32:10

Parks And Recreation: 32:10 - 45:37

The Walking Dead: 45:37 - End

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Music: Stand Up Comedy, U2

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:59pm EDT
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Mo and Ryan break down this season of "Homeland" in light of tonight's standout episode, "Q&A". Enjoy 45 minutes of chat about all things Carrie, Brody, and Saul's Beard.

Enjoy!

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:52pm EDT
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After this week's "Watching TV With Ryan and Ryan" podcast, Mo Ryan and Ryan McGee decided it was high time to re-post their 2011 discussion of "Friday Night Lights" as a whole. This was recorded immediately after the season finale aired on NBC.

Enjoy this trip back to Dillon, Texas.

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Category:From The Vault -- posted at: 7:17pm EDT
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Clear eyes, full hearts, and new podcasts. Mo and Ryan go back to Dillon for one of the show's signature episodes. Watch along, or just listen, as they break down what made this show so special.

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Enjoy!

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Category:Watching TV -- posted at: 11:55pm EDT
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