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New If you listen to NPR...
...Then you'll know about [link|http://waitwait.npr.org|Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me...] and [link|http://www.notmuch.com/|Whad'Ya Know?]. Both are highbrow comedy/quiz shows that assume a certain level of intelligence from the audience.

Granted, it's not USian TV, but they both originate in the US (Chicago for the former and Madison, WI for the latter...)
-YendorMike

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
- Benjamin Franklin, 1759 Historical Review of Pennsylvania
New Re: If you listen to NPR...
I've listened to WWDTM, but not WYK.

We do both listen to [link|http://www.saysyou.org/|Says You], a very funny quiz show where the contestants show their skill with wordplay.

I'd love to watch/listen to these kinds of shows more regularly but there isn't enough time in my week to do so. (Can't do it at work, either. My students might notice.)

My point is not that we don't have good, intelligent programming here in the States but that:

A. it's a lot less mainstream than it seems to be in the UK.
B. I'm wondering if it's a cultural thing.

Granted, you can't really tell all about a society from its popular culture.
Tom Sinclair

Kaylee: Wash, tell me I'm pretty.
Wash: Were I unwed, I would take you in a manly fashion.
Kaylee: Because I'm pretty?
Wash: Because you're pretty.
- "Heart of Gold", Firefly
New Hmmm...
[link|http://www.saysyou.org/secondary/stationslist.html#illinois|I can't get that] here in the Chicagoland Suburbs. No wonder I've never heard of it. Too bad, because that sounds like it's right up my alley...
-YendorMike

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
- Benjamin Franklin, 1759 Historical Review of Pennsylvania
New Alternate sources
I think some of their stations stream live on the Web and episodes are available from [link|http://www.audible.com/adbl/site/products/ProductDetail.jsp?productID=RT_SEZU_999993&BV_UseBVCookie=Yes|Audible.com] , which is how we listen to it.

Might also be available from the ITMS, but I can't connect to them right now.

Tom Sinclair

Kaylee: Wash, tell me I'm pretty.
Wash: Were I unwed, I would take you in a manly fashion.
Kaylee: Because I'm pretty?
Wash: Because you're pretty.
- "Heart of Gold", Firefly
     Quiz shows - UK vs. US - (tjsinclair) - (41)
         Yes. - (pwhysall) - (17)
             "The Simpsons" -NT - (Another Scott) - (1)
                 But that "emanated" more than ten years ago. -NT - (CRConrad)
             Two of the best shows on TV: - (admin) - (11)
                 I've been bored of Sci-fi since B5, pretty much - (pwhysall) - (1)
                     You can't watch it that way. - (admin)
                 Burn Notice - (imqwerky) - (8)
                     I think someone's editing history... - (static) - (7)
                         Re he heallly? - (imqwerky) - (6)
                             Never looked. - (static) - (5)
                                 Tanked? - (imqwerky) - (4)
                                     I meant the mysterious one I saw a few years ago. - (static) - (3)
                                         What? - (imqwerky) - (2)
                                             I don't know! - (static) - (1)
                                                 I misunderstood you - (imqwerky)
             Ignore him - (warmachine)
             House and Rescue Me. - (crazy) - (1)
                 House usually annoys me. - (Another Scott)
         If you listen to NPR... - (Yendor) - (3)
             Re: If you listen to NPR... - (tjsinclair) - (2)
                 Hmmm... - (Yendor) - (1)
                     Alternate sources - (tjsinclair)
         Smart quiz shows are popular - (warmachine) - (16)
             Re: Smart quiz shows are popular - (tjsinclair) - (15)
                 It's interesting what exports and why. - (static) - (2)
                     Re: Australian TV - (tjsinclair) - (1)
                         The former. - (static)
                 Anti-intellectualism and isolationism - (warmachine) - (11)
                     Current affairs knowledge - (tjsinclair) - (10)
                         I don't know how to answer that - (warmachine) - (9)
                             I appreciate your discretion -NT - (tjsinclair)
                             Better answer to that - (tjsinclair) - (7)
                                 I was pondering something the other day... - (Steven A S) - (6)
                                     You are right - in a way - (imqwerky)
                                     Bush supports your theory - (warmachine) - (4)
                                         Only one flaw - (imqwerky) - (3)
                                             Nothing lasts forever. What's your point? -NT - (warmachine) - (2)
                                                 Sorry, should have been a tad more specific - (imqwerky) - (1)
                                                     Good point. Pity about the budget. - (warmachine)
         It could be worse - (Steven A S) - (1)
             The Japanese will make a game show out of *anything*. - (static)

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