DirecTV has dropped 26 channels for nearly 20 million subscribers, who have lost access to Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, and other networks owned by Viacom, as financial negotiations between the two parties reached an impasse Tuesday. Viacom said DirecTV dropped the channels without any warning, while DirecTV countered that its hand was forced by Viacom.
Today's American politics needs the mix of humor and civility heard on NPR's soon-to-end "Car Talk." Mass culture that includes self-deprecatory jokes and a friendly tone can influence the nation's political discourse.
The first annual festival is advised by Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert.
TV host Stephen Colbert has written a children's book about a flag pole trying to find out who it really is.