The Gist: Norman Lear and the Lobstar of the Antentwig.

Norman Lear, Thanks for Good Times

Norman Lear, Thanks for Good Times

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Oct. 17 2014 6:45 PM

Norman Lear, Thanks for TV

He pioneered TV escapism that’s more about family than nice apartments.

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Listen to Episode 117 of Slate’s The Gist:

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Like TV? Then you owe a debt to our guest on The Gist, Norman Lear. He’s the author of Even This I Get to Experience, and responsible for TV shows including All in the Family, Maude, and Good Times. For the Spiel, a chance to issue corrections from the past three weeks, and name our Lobstar of the Antentwig.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.