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Aseem Batra finds the laughs in 'I Feel Bad'




Aseem Batra, left, and Amy Poehler are executive producers of the NBC sitcom,
Aseem Batra, left, and Amy Poehler are executive producers of the NBC sitcom, "I Feel Bad."
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Aseem Batra actually doesn't feel bad at all

(Starts at 8:14)

When Aseem Batra was growing up, her parents were not supportive of her desire to be an actor. Her father once told her: "Look at television. Who looks like you? Who do you look like on television?" And at the time she couldn't point to anyone. Now the lead actor in Batra's NBC show, "I Feel Bad," is played by Sarayu Blue, an Indian American woman. But that wasn't Batra's goal. She set out to put a funny mom on television because so many shows made the mom character the one who shuts down the fun. And she didn't write the part for an Indian American woman; she cast Blue because she was the best option. Batra has gotten some flak for not making the character's Indian-ness a bigger aspect of the show. But Batra says she wants to expand how we think of characters and of inclusivity. Batra talks about this and her history of often being the only woman in a writers' room with John Horn. 

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How are immigrants depicted on TV?

(Starts at 1:00)

A new study by Define American in partnership with The Norman Lear Center and The Hollywood Reporter finds that one-third of immigrant characters are associated with a crime; in reality, immigrants commit crime at a much lower rate than native-born Americans. Rafael Agustín, a formerly undocumented immigrant and now a staff writer for the CW show, "Jane the Virgin," joins the show to talk about how portrayals of immigrants on TV shape our perceptions of immigrants in our families and communities.

Have voices, will travel

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The Los Angeles Master Chorale is one of the country’s most acclaimed choirs. For the past month, the ensemble has been touring the world, performing a deeply emotional a cappella masterpiece from the Renaissance era. The Frame contributor Betto Arcos got a chance to see the Master Chorale at the 46th Festival Internacional Cervantino in Guanajuato, Mexico.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXDfGrggc5E