When Late Night Hosts Respond to News

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The attack in Orlando last weekend allowed late night TV hosts a chance to shape the conversation in a way rarely seen before. In the past, those solemn moments after a tragedy were infused with sympathy for the victims, a call for healing, mourning. But this week, social media is filled with people sharing clips of late night hosts delivering impassioned, angry rants. What’s their role in shaping our reactions to news?

Credits

Guest:
Bill Carter - author, 'The War for Late Night'

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Matt Holzman, Anna Scott, Jolie Myers, Christian Bordal, Sarah Sweeney