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David Letterman and The Daily Show among Peabody Awards honorees and finalists

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According to Variety, the Peabody Awards have announced the 60 finalists in the running for this year’s prestigious prize, as well as the winners of the separate awards who were good enough to avoid having to fight it out with the regular nominees. For the individual awards, the honorees are documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson and David Letterman, who is probably being given the award partly in hopes that it’ll inspire him to clean up that ridiculous beard. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart will be awarded a Peabody as well, suggesting that the best way to win one of these is to host a beloved, highly influential TV program for many years and then retire.

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The regular finalists feature a whole bunch of TV shows, like Black-ish, Fresh Off The Boat, Fargo, Jessica Jones, Mr. Robot, Transparent, and UnREAL, as well as a handful of radio broadcasts/podcasts (including two episodes of This American Life). Then there’s the usual news reports and documentaries, which tend to be more typical Peabody-friendly affairs. Of these 60 finalists, 30 will be selected to win awards, with the first batch being announced via Facebook Live on April 19. The second group will be announced on NBC’s Today on April 21, and then the final winners will be revealed in another Facebook broadcast on April 26. The awards themselves will be handed out at a ceremony in New York on May 21.

The full list of nominees is below.

“Abdi and the Golden Ticket” (This American Life)
Radio/Podcast

“All In with Chris Hayes: Back to Baltimore” (MSNBC’S All in with Chris Hayes)
News

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American Experience: Last Days In Vietnam (PBS)
Documentary

American Experience: Walt Disney (PBS)
Documentary

Beasts of No Nation (Netflix)
Entertainment

Black-ish (ABC)
Entertainment

Book of Negroes (BET Networks)
Entertainment

Burning Questions: WTAE Investigates Fire Response Times (WTAE-TV)
News

Catastrophe (Amazon Video)
Entertainment

CNN’s Coverage of Guns in America (CNN & CNN Digital)
News

Cruel and Unusual: The Texas Prison Crisis (WFAA-TV)
News

Desperate Journey (PBS)
News

Deutschland 83 (SundanceTV)
Entertainment

Divided by Law (KUAT-TV)
Radio/Podcast

Do Not Track (donottrack.us)
Web

European Migrant Crisis/A New Life in Europe/Year of Migration (BBC News)
News

Fargo (FX Networks)
Entertainment

Fresh Off The Boat (ABC)
Entertainment

Gardeners of Eden (Pivot)
Documentary

Get Real – Heart of the Haze (Channel NewsAsia, Mediacorp Pte Ltd)
Public Service

Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me (CNN)
Documentary

Going Clear: Scientology and The Prison Of Belief (HBO)
Documentary

Gravity Falls (Disney XD)
Children’s/Youth

Growing Up Trans (PBS/WGBH)
Documentary

How To Dance In Ohio (HBO)
Documentary

Independent Lens: 1971 (PBS)
Documentary

Independent Lens: India’s Daughter (PBS)
Documentary

Independent Lens: Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers And The Emergence Of A People (PBS)
Documentary

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Inheritance (PBS/WGBH)
Web

Injured Heroes, Broken Promises (KXAS-TV, NBC 5)
News

Invisibilia (NPR)
Radio/Podcast

ISIS in Afghanistan (PBS/WGBH)
Documentary

Katie Morag (Cbeebies)
Children’s/Youth

Listen to Me Marlon (Showtime)
Documentary

Marvel’s Jessica Jones (Netflix)
Entertainment

Master of None (Netflix)
Entertainment

Meet the Composer (WQXR.org)
Radio/Podcast

Mr. Robot (USA Network)
Entertainment

Night Will Fall (HBO)
Documentary

911: Lost On The Line (WXIA-TV)
News

POV: Don’t Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie) (PBS)
Documentary

Precious Lives (WUVM, WNOV, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism)
Radio/Podcast

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Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel: The Killing Fields (HBO)
News

Secret Mustard Gas Experiments (NPR News)
News

60 Minutes: A Crime Against Humanity (CBS)
News

60 Minutes: The Death Penalty in America (CBS)
News

“The Case for School Desegregation Today” (This American Life)
Radio/Podcast

The Cosby Accusers Speak (NBC)
News

The Counted: People killed by police in the United States (http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/series/counted-us-police-killings/)
Web

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The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst (HBO)
Documentary

The LaQuan McDonald Investigation (WMAQ-TV)
News

The Leftovers (HBO)
Entertainment

The Memory Palace (http://thememorypalace.us/, Radiotopia)
Radio/Podcast

The Rain Forest Was Here — Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon (NPR Broadcast + Digital npr.org)
Radio/Podcast

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Transparent (Amazon Video)
Entertainment

UnREAL (Lifetime)
Entertainment

Veep (HBO)
Entertainment

What Happened, Miss Simone? (Netflix)
Documentary

Wild Kratts (PBS Kids)
Children’s/Youth Programming

Wolf Hall (PBS)
Entertainment

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