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Z on TV Critic David Zurawik writes about the business and culture of TV
'I Am Cait' serious, socially conscious, impressive in its opening

Caitlyn Jenner’s "I Am Cait" opened so strong on the E! channel Sunday that I want to give it a straight-up rave.

I loved its willingness to try and educate the audience about transgender identity even as it winningly engaged them in Jenner's new life.

I applaud its sense of social conscience in reminding viewers at several points about how hard the transition can be for some people who aren't famous...

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Zurawik: How Jon Stewart let Obama use 'Daily Show'
Finding a TV journalist who can take on Trump

It's time for someone on TV to step up and take Donald Trump down — or, at least, put him in his place.

The situation has not risen to the level of Edward R. Murrow and Sen. Joseph McCarthy. But it's definitely in a league with Katie Couric and Sarah Palin.

And every day that Trump gets away with driving the vast majority of political coverage on network and cable TV with his reckless, tabloid-style...

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Teens talk about life in West Baltimore in Brookings video

Baltimore teens talking, rapping and singing about their lives during and after the April riots have been showing up more and more in local and national media lately.

Last week, I wrote about a storytelling workshop for young women that Sonja Sohn and Maria Broom, of HBO's "The Wire," were leading in the Penn North neighborhood where Freddie Gray lived. The teens were encouraged to talk about the...

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See Trump juke the polls in our debased media, political systems

Donald Trump is what you get once you let commercial interests control the presidential election process.

Once Fox News announced it was going to determine participants in its important Aug. 6 GOP debate based on popularity in the polls, how long did you think it was going to be before the so-called “conversation of democracy” on the campaign trail was going to get tabloid, stupid and ugly?

The takeaway...

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Matt Davis leaving 98 Rock, 'Noise' goes on hiatus

Longtime 98 Rock DJ Matt Davis is leaving the station, he said on Facebook today.

"After almost twenty years at 98 Rock, I walked into my boss's office, and announced my resignation from the radio station, effective Monday, August 3rd," he wrote. "It was a surreal moment for me."

Cary Pahigian, president and general manager of WIYY-FM (98 Rock) and WBAL-AM, confirmed Davis' resignation in an email...

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