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Arts Alive! podcast: NPR’s Eric Deggans

Bill DeYoung



Since 2013, Eric Deggans has been the TV critic for National Public Radio. He’s also an NPR media analyst.

Deggans, who’s frequently called upon to act as a commentator on CNN and other news outlets, has been a resident of St. Petersburg since the mid 1990s.

In today’s Arts Alive! podcast, Deggans talks about the road that brought him from his Indiana hometown to the then-St. Petersburg Times, where he grew disillusioned with writing about pop music and transitioned into the TV critic’s job.

This wide-ranging conversation covers his book Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation and its declarations about TV, race and money, and the recent passing of television game-changer Norman Lear.

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