Television

All Tech Considered
11:53 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Comcast 'Embarrassed' By The Service Call Making Internet Rounds

Comcast is the largest cable company and home Internet service provider in the United States.
Matt Rourke AP

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 2:38 pm

When a customer service call is described as "Kafkaesque" and "hellish," you pretty much know how it's going to go down before even taking a listen. But in case you haven't heard the condescending, tedious call that's lit up the Internet, here it is:

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Arts & Culture
9:34 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

VIDEO: Spoof of HBO's 'Looking' Features What Looks Like A WUNC T-Shirt

Screenshot from Funny or Die video. Is that a WUNC T-shirt?
Credit Funny or Die

Familiar with HBO's new comedy drama Looking? The Huffington Post today featured a Funny or Die parody of the show. The parody is called Not Looking.

Looking, not looking. All we know is that WUNC staffers were looking closely at the parody, because appears that one of the characters is wearing a WUNC t-shirt.

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Arts & Culture
2:22 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

She's North Carolina's Own 'Lady Mary'

Katharine Smith Reynolds
Reynolda House Museum of American Art

She was a young woman who took charge of a large estate. She was determined, smart, willing to break some of the social bounds of the time. She didn't much care what people thought of her.

She is not Lady Mary, daughter of the Earl of Grantham in the PBS blockbuster, Downton Abbey. She is Katharine Smith Reynolds, wife of R. J. Reynolds.

Katharine Smith Reynolds and R.J. Reynolds married when Katharine was 24 and R.J. was 54. Despite the thirty year age different, by all accounts they had a marriage based on mutual respect.

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The State of Things
11:44 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Why Commercials Work Better When You Don’t Pay Attention

Credit Creative Commons

Think you’re avoiding the advertisements when you fast forward through using your DVR?

Think again. New research from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business shows that sometimes commercials are even more effective when you’re not paying attention. Host Frank Stasio talks to Gavan Fitzsimons, a professor in Duke’s Fuqua School of Business.

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The State of Things
10:21 am
Wed June 19, 2013

The Kids In The Hall Co- Founder Teaches Comedy In Carrboro

Kids in the Hall on the red carpet. Kevin McDonald is in the gray suit.
Credit Richard Burdett

Comedian Kevin McDonald gives insight into his upcoming workshop, Dirty South Improv

The late ‘80s and early ‘90s were a good time for funny television. The Kids In The Hall sketch comedy show took to the airwaves and amused a generation of viewers with their unique brand of sketch comedy.

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Arts & Culture
2:00 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Elon Grads Film ‘Friends’ Intro In University Fountain

The group of Elon graduates filmed the 'Friends' intro in the University's Fonville Fountain.
Credit David Gwynn

A group of graduating seniors at Elon University have been recognized nationally for their YouTube video that imitates the intro of the popular sitcom “Friends.” The group of six then-seniors (now graduates) asked the university's vice-president for permission to frolic in the university’s Fonville Fountain to shoot the short film.

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Arts & Culture
2:00 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

'Homeland' TV Series Filming In Raleigh Next Week

The TV series Homeland will film in Downtown Raleigh June 3-4.
Credit Homeland

The critically-acclaimed TV series “Homeland” heads to Downtown Raleigh June 3-4 to film scenes for season three. The Showtime series normally shoots in and around Charlotte. Earlier this week, the show filmed a scene in The Charlotte Observer newsroom. (The News & Observer created a slideshow of the newsroom filming.)

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