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Some of this year's biggest hits on prime time, network TV feature blacks, Hispanics and Asians in major roles. They're produced and written by staffs that reflect America's ethnic diversity. Is the world of popular entertainment really changing— or going through one stage in a familiar cycle?

Also, Mexican farmworkers halt harvest to fight for better wages. On today's Talking Point, will the FAA ever allow package-deliveries by drones? As Amazon begins to experiment, we hear about some of the challenges.

Photo: Empire's Cookie Lyon, played by Taraji P. Henson

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Sasa Woodruff
Christine Detz

Mexican Farmworkers Halt Harvest to Fight for Better Wages 6 MIN, 14 SEC

For the first time in decades, Mexican farmworkers are on strike. They've walked away from fields in Baja, California that are the source of millions of tons of produce for the US every year. Late last year, Richard Marosi documented their working conditions in a series of reports for the Los Angeles Times.

Diversity Is Selling Again in Prime Time 33 MIN, 58 SEC

The biggest hits on prime time, network TV this season reflect America's ethnic diversity—on screen and behind the cameras.  How to Get Away with Murder, Fresh off the Boat, Jane the Virgin and Empire don't just feature black, Hispanic and Asian actors in major roles. They're good shows — produced by ethnically diverse crews of producers and writers. With help from social media, they've drawn the live audiences dear to advertisers, and they've delivered high ratings across the board.  But skeptics say this has happened before, and Hollywood's executive suites are still dominated by white men.  How long will it last? 

Guests:
Alyssa Rosenberg, Washington Post (@AlyssaRosenberg)
Darnell Hunt, UCLA Bunche Center for African American Studies (@BuncheUCLA)
Arthur Chu, Salon (@arthur_affect)
Robin Means Coleman, University of Michigan (@MeansColeman)

More:
Rosenberg on why Hollywood can't do better on race
Rosenberg on Empire's Cookie Lyons as TV's best new female character
Ralphe Bunche Center of African American Studies' 2015 diversity report
Chu on Eddie Huang as Asian Americans' Richard Pryor
NPR's Eric Deggens on whether 'Empire' breaks or bolsters black stereotypes
The Business' interview with Danny Strong, creator of 'Empire'

Exploring the FAA Regulations on Drones 9 MIN, 13 SEC

The FAA says amateurs can fly drones during daylight as long as they're within the operator's line of sight. Commercial use is prohibited, but that might be about to change. Yesterday, the FAA gave Amazon permission to experiment with drones as a means for delivering packages. Other potential commercial operators -- including farmers, realtors, filmmakers and others — think it's about time they got into the action. That's according to Mike Kessler, a journalist and contributing producer to To the Point. He flew a drone for the first time and wrote about it for TakePart.com.

Guests:
Mike Kessler, freelance journalist (@mikeskessler)

More:
TtP on FAA selecting six sites for testing civilian versions of drones
KCRW has an unmanned aerial vehicle and is using it to report on commercial drone use

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