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So It Begins: Comic-Con Opens This Week

July 9
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Comic-Con starts this Wednesday with preview night and then runs through Sunday at the San Diego Convention Center. The pop culture convention has grown rapidly in the past ten years and now must cap attendance at around 125,000.

Soldier Who Lied About War Injuries Cut From 'America's Got Talent' (Video)

June 27
By Beth Ford Roth
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Apparently Timothy Poe doesn't "got" talent, at least not enough for the judges on "America's Got Talent." The one-time Minnesota National Guardsman who gained infamy for lying about his war wounds was voted off the show last night.

"America's Got Talent" Singing Vet Caught In Another Lie (Video)

June 8
By Beth Ford Roth
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The hole "America's Got Talent" contestant Timothy Poe is digging for himself keeps getting deeper. The Minnesota Army Guard veteran who falsely claimed combat injuries on national TV also provided the reality show with a fake photo of himself in Afghanistan.

"America's Got Talent" Singer Sticks To Story Of Combat Injuries (Video)

June 7
By Beth Ford Roth
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"America's Got Talent" contestant Timothy Poe suffered a traumatic brain injury while serving in the military. That's his story and he's sticking to it, despite the fact military records show absolutely no evidence of the brain trauma he says was caused by a grenade explosion.

Did "America's Got Talent" Singer Lie About Combat Wounds? (Video)

June 6
By Beth Ford Roth
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A veteran named Timothy Michael Poe - who used supposed combat wounds sustained in Afghanistan to gain sympathy from judges on the television program "America's Got Talent" - is under intense scrutiny today, as his military records show no evidence of him being injured while in the service.

U.S. Puts Kibosh On Pakistani Version Of Sesame Street (Video)

June 5
By Beth Ford Roth
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A plan by the United States government to fund a Pakistani version of "Sesame Street" has fallen through, amid allegations of corruption against local puppeteers in Pakistan.

Pendleton Marine Marries Into 'Real Housewives' Cast (Video)

June 4
By Beth Ford Roth
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The daughter of one of the "Real Housewives of Orange County" recently married a Camp Pendleton Marine, much to the initial chagrin of her reality-show star mother.

Review: 'Dark Shadows'

May 11
By Beth Accomando
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There was a time when a film directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp was cause for celebration but sadly those days are gone. Their latest collaboration, an adaptation of the cult TV show "Dark Shadows" (opening May 11 throughout San Diego), is in desperate need of a transfusion.

A Rap Song About Downton Abbey

March 1
By Angela Carone
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A rap song about sipping tea, property law, and all things Downton Abbey by my hero for the day, Adam WarRock.

Women's Images In The Media

Oct. 3
Midday Edition
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The images of women presented in the media can influence how people perceive the world around them and what issues are seen as important. These images can occur through pop culture or through the news media. The guests today will look at gender images from two different yet complementary points of view.

Rants and Raves: Stewardesses and Bunny Tails

Sept. 23
By Beth Accomando
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The 1960s provide the backdrop for the movie "The Help" as well as a pair of new TV shows, "Pan Am" and "The Playboy Club." What can the pop culture images from these shows tell us about ourselves. Listen to my radio feature or read the extended interview with UCSD Assistant Professor of Race and Gender Studies, Sara Clarke Kaplan.

Comedian Paul Scheer Talks About Making TV In San Diego

July 28
Midday Edition
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A new television show set in San Diego parodies crime procedurals like the "Law and Order" franchise and "CSI." We'll talk to comedian Paul Scheer, who created Adult Swim's "NTSF:SD:SUV::" about cliches, comedy, and shooting in San Diego.

Pop Culture Ground Zero: Comic-Con International

July 21
Midday Edition
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The world's largest pop culture convention begins today in San Diego. Over 125,000 fans will descend on downtown for Comic-Con, International. Movies, TV, comics, science fiction and video games will all be celebrated at this year's convention.

Video: Adult Swim Show Set In San Diego

July 20
By Angela Carone
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Cartoon Network's Adult Swim has a new series set in San Diego spoofing TV crime procedurals. It's called "NTSF:SD:SUV::" or "National Terrorism Strike Force: San Diego : Sport Utility Vehicle::" Check out the video.

Video: 'Glee' Inspires A Mini-Warbler From San Diego!

July 20
By Angela Carone
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This adorable Mira Mesa boy was so inspired by "Glee's" Warblers, he performs his own version of Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream." Some of "Glee's" Warblers are in town this week for Comic-Con International.