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Dig into the hidden history of television with Vox's critic-at-large, Emily VanDerWerff. Each season, we explore the tragic, comedic, and occasionally world-changing stories that have marked a medium that's dominated the global conversation for the last 75 years. First up: TV's relationship with the presidency, featuring deep dives into The West Wing, 24, Veep, and more. Produced by Vox and the Vox Media Podcast Network.
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Ratings & Reviews
4.4 stars from 168 ratings
Would Rec!
A deeply enjoyable exploration of the connection between television and politics.
harpingabout via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/30/20
Entertaining and informative
I hope there is more on the way this is a great listen.
audio fan 781 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/03/19
I think it's interesting!
While I loved the interviews Emily did on her old podcast, Primetime is great and I'd just like more of it! Longer episodes and more of them🤗Read full review »
kira-siobhán via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/30/19
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