KQED Radio
KQED Newssee more
Latest Newscasts:KQEDNPR
Player Sponsored By
upper waypoint

Film Critic David Thomson on the Evolution of Television

53:00
at
Save ArticleSave Article
Failed to save article

Please try again

David Thomson (Photo: Lucy Gray)

Widely regarded to be among the greatest film critics, David Thomson has written over two dozen books on movies.  But in his latest book, “Television: A Biography,” the cinephile surveys the six-decade evolution of television, examining specific episodes, programs and advertisements that highlight the medium’s shifting influence on our perception of reality. We talk with Thompson about television’s early role as a family unifier, the effects of ever smaller and more portable screens, and why he thinks, when it comes to TV, “we are not in charge.”

Guests:

David Thomson, film critic and historian; author, "Television: A Biography"

Sponsored

lower waypoint
next waypoint
Barbara McQuade on the Disinformation That's 'Sabotaging America'After Closure Announcement, a Look at Macy’s Heyday…and Union Square’s FuturePolitical and Legal Fallout Continues After Alabama IVF RulingElection 2024: SF’s Prop F Would Cut Cash Aid for People Who Use Drugs and Refuse TreatmentThe Explosion of Beirut’s Port Told Through the Lives of Women in “All She Lost”Election 2024: Concerns about Joe Biden Focus Spotlight on Kamala HarrisPerformance Reviews are Underperforming. What Should Replace Them?Tommy Orange’s ‘Wandering Stars’ Examines the Legacy and Consequences of Cultural ErasureUCSF’s Gretchen Sisson Spotlights Experiences of Birth Mothers in ‘Relinquished’Charles Duhigg's “Supercommunicators” Breaks Down How to Talk Better and Forge Connections