Why did images of white, nuclear families dominate television in the 1950s? Why has it taken nearly 70 years for images of a diverse America—featuring people of color, immigrants, women as independent social beings—to appear on prime time television?  Challenging the longstanding belief that what appeared on television screens in the 1950s and after resulted from some social consensus, The Broadcast 41 addresses these and other questions by telling two intersecting stories. The first story documents the heterogeneous perspectives of a generation of progressive women who had been…

Had a great conversation with Kurt Anderson about the Broadcast 41--lots of terrific clips of their work, thanks to the hard work of Zoe Saunders and others on the show. You can listen to it here.

It was terrific to talk to journalist Kelly Faircloth about race, gender, and television in the 1950s for Jezebel. Every time I talk to folks in the media about the Broadcast 41, I'm reminded of two things: that our conversations today are only possible because of the people who fought for them in the past and that there's still a long, long way to go.