Late Night TV: No Girls Allowed?


Is late night television resistant to women hosts and writers? Cristen and Caroline explore the past and present of late night TV to answer a question critics and viewers alike have been asking increasingly in recent years: where are the women?

Episode sources:

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"Amber Ruffin Become First Black Female Writer In Late-Night Talk Show History" by Myeisha Essex. BlogHer. Jan. 13, 2014. http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fblackamericaweb.com%2F2014%2F01%2F13%2Famber-ruffin-becomes-first-black-female-writer-in-late-night-talk-show-history%2F&_back=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.blogher.com%2Fwomen-writers-rocking-late-night-seth-meyer

"As The Tonight Show Begins a New Era, Regulars Reflect on Johnny Carson" by Jeryl Brunner. Parade. Feb. 18, 2014. http://parade.condenast.com/263830/jerylbrunner/as-the-tonight-show-begins-a-new-era-regulars-reflect-on-johnny-carson/

"Amid praise for Stephen Colbert, some ask: What about diversity in late night?" by Mark Guarino. The Christian Science Monitor. April 11, 2014. http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2014/0411/Amid-praise-for-Stephen-Colbert-some-ask-What-about-diversity-in-late-night

"Charting the insanity of late-night TV over the years. There's been some drama." By Emily Yahr. The Washington Post. May 01, 2014. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/style-blog/wp/2014/05/01/charting-the-insanity-of-late-night-tv-over-the-years-theres-been-some-drama/

"Check Out the First Indian Woman to Perform Stand Up on Late Night TV" by Erin Gloria Ryan. Jezebel. Oct. 15, 2013. http://jezebel.com/check-out-the-first-indian-woman-to-perform-stand-up-on-1445843162

"Dominated By 1 Point of View, Late-Night Needs New Voices" by Eric Deggans. NPR. April 21, 2014. http://www.npr.org/2014/04/21/305477556/dominated-by-1-point-of-view-late-night-tv-needs-new-voices

"Go Ahead, Give David Letterman's Gig to Another White Guy" by Amanda Hess. Slate. April 04, 2014. http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2014/04/04/david_letterman_s_replacement_why_cbs_shouldn_t_pick_amy_poehler_amy_schumer.html

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"The Many White Men of Late Night" by David Haglund. Slate. March 07, 2013. http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2013/03/07/howard_stern_jimmy_fallon_jay_leno_why_is_late_night_tv_so_full_of_white.html

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"Tina Fey has a theory about how women will break into late night television" by Prachi Gupta. Salon. May 15, 2014. http://www.salon.com/2014/05/15/tina_fey_has_a_theory_about_how_women_will_break_into_late_night_television/

"With Arsenio Hall Out, Late Night Becomes All White and Male -- and So What?" by Keli Goff. The Daily Beast. June 02, 2014. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/06/02/with-arsenio-hall-out-late-night-becomes-all-white-and-male-and-so-what.html

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