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The Scramble Talks TV, Drones, and Big Changes in Sports

Feb 24, 2014

Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright in House of Cards

There's something exciting about a critic who challenges your perceptions in a compelling way. I love the movie American Hustle but when I read Willa Paskin's take-down of it in Slate, she really got me thinking. 

I got hooked on Paskin's work when she put her finger on something that had been bothering me about Justified, a show I like.

She wrote, "Justified is TV's least pretentious show about a morally ambiguous man. But, over the years, it has become progressively less thoughtful about that man and what he does, which is kill people."

Paskin will join us today to talk TV--True Detective, Nashville, House of Cards, and whatever else we have time for.

We'll also talk about attempts in the Connecticut legislature to regulate drones. About two years ago, we dedicated a whole show to the commercial and investigative use of drones. What once seemed like a scary invasion of space is rapidly gaining acceptance as a legitimate tool for professional uses from police surveillance  to journalistic investigation to selling real estate. And, we haven't even touched on the potential for shadier uses. 

Last, we check in with sports deity Mike Pesca about the NBA's openly gay player and the new NFL rule about racial taunts. Jason Collins, who publicly shared his status as a gay man this past April, received no offers to join the NBA until the Brooklyn Nets welcomed him with a 10-day contract this Sunday. And,  the NFL is considering a change in rules that would penalize players and coaches for using racial slurs.  

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  • Willa Paskin is's TV critic
  • Matt Ritter is a  Democratic State Representative for the 1st Assembly District and the Vice-Chair of the Judiciary Committee
  • Mike Pesca  works for, is a host on the Slate podcast Hang Up and Listen, and is a contributor to NPR