The economics — and moral complications — of reality TV
Jun 25, 2024

The economics — and moral complications — of reality TV

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Today, we talk about the economic calculus that led to a genre so many people either love to watch or love to hate.

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The origins — and moral conundrums — of modern reality TV

Jun 25, 2024
Critic Emily Nussbaum explores the costs and radio roots of reality TV in her latest book, "Cue the Sun!"
Reality TV shows like "Big Brother" often become popularized during periods of labor unrest among actors and writers. Above, "Big Brother" host Julie Chen in 2008.
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The team

Leanna Byrne Host, BBC
Kelly Silvera Executive Producer
Meredith Garretson Morbey Senior Producer
Erika Soderstrom Producer
Alex Schroeder Producer
Ariana Rosas Producer
Dylan Miettinen Digital Producer
Jesson Duller Media Producer
Nic Perez Director/Producer
James Graham Producer, BBC
Jo Critcher Producer, BBC
Naomi Rainey Producer, BBC
Lis Mahy Producer, BBC