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Primetime

8 EpisodesProduced by VoxWebsite

Dig into the hidden history of television with Vox's critic-at-large, Emily VanDerWerff. Each season, we explore the tragic, comedic, and occasionally world-changing stories that have marked a medium that's dominated the global conversation for the last 75 years. First up: TV's relationship with the… read more

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Why Washington can't escape The West Wing

When The West Wing was on the air, during the Clinton and Bush years, a lot of liberal viewers were pining for a Democratic president with a strong sense of right and wrong — someone like President Bartlet. His fictional administration made for great entertainment, an idealistic vision of what politics could be. But the show’s idealism was decidedly white — and mostly male. It also obscured a very real partisan divide.

Music credits: 

Voyage (a) by Jon Lorca and Peter James Quiney

Primetime Theme Music by Brandon McFarland 

A Most Quiet Season by Richard Bone

Hot Air Balloon by Jon Lorca and Peter James Quiney

Two Dollar Token by Warmbody (from Blue Dot Sessions)

Rue Montclare (a) by Joe Henson, Alexis Leon Smith, and Reinould Willem Rutger Ford

Soothe by Bodytonic (from Blue Dot Sessions)

Constructions (B) by John Devereaux

Night Time Adventure by John Lorca and Peter James Quiney

When in the West by Landsman Duets (from Blue Dot Sessions)

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