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Will Bill Nye’s new show find a wider audience than Neil deGrasse Tyson’s ‘Cosmos’ did? Vince Bucci/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images

Can Bill Nye – or any other science show – really save the world?

Popular programming that focuses on science tends to not actually be all that popular. Bringing in new audiences who aren't already up to speed on science topics is a challenge.
Get immersed enough in a good show, and you’ll enter a ‘flow state.’ 'Screen' via www.shutterstock.com

What’s behind TV bingeing’s bad rap?

Don't listen to the headlines linking binge watching to depression and loneliness. It can be a positive experience – but only if we think of it as a good thing.
Members of the grounds crew spray the field before the Opening Day game between the Washington Nationals and the Miami Marlins. AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Baseball season begins: Five essential reads

The national pastime is more than just a sport. In this roundup, we feature stories about baseball's relationship to race, politics, the media and health.
Malcolm Turnbull goes it alone on Q&A with host Tony Jones ahead of the 2016 federal election. ABC iView

Why politicians and television still need each other

Television shows that reveal politicians in a different light, such as Channel Ten's The Project, or the ABC's Kitchen Cabinet or Q&A, are vital outlets for them to convey their messages.
Donald Trump and WWE wrestler Bobby Lashley shave the head of CEO Vince McMahon during Wrestlemania 23 in 2007. Carlos Osorio/AP Photo

Will Trump continue to pull from a pro wrestling playbook?

As a candidate, Donald Trump – whose relationship with the WWE spans nearly 30 years – emulated the bombastic style of a pro wrestler. As president, it might be doing him more harm than good.
What’s the bet they didn’t buy one? Shutterstock/Dusan Petkovic

3D television is dead… so what next?

TV manufacturers have turned their backs on 3D technology. But there's a new technology hoping to win over viewers, and you don't need to buy a new TV.
Joanna Lumley (briefly) played the Doctor in 1999 Comedy Relief special The Curse of Fatal Death. Youtube

Enough with the Doctor Who gender debate – it’s time

In a universe of infinite possibility, why is Doctor Who always a man? Peter Capaldi's forthcoming retirement from the role means it's surely time to hand the sonic screwdriver over to a woman.
TV networks are trying to win back cord-cutters. 'Falling TV' via www.shutterstock.com

Could Hulu and Google upend the TV industry in 2017?

Next year Hulu and Google will introduce their own bundled channel services. Will it spark an online TV revolution or simply lead to more of the same?
Waleed Aly’s 2016 Gold Logie win tells us that the audience has been more appreciative of Australian television’s diversity than the industry. Joe Castro/AAP

Why we should care more about the Logies

The Logies are fantastically daggy, but they let us compare audience and industry definitions of achievement. Looking back, it's clear the public celebrates new, diverse and varied television.

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