David Letterman’s Retirement, VE Day, and Cultural Consciousness


Over this past year, there has been some major turnover among television talk show hosts. Some of them are moving on to “other projects,” “other Interests,” or “new challenges” (most notably Jon Stewart and Craig Ferguson) and some are simply switching venues (most notably Stephen Colbert, who is presumably also switching personas).

But David Letterman’s impending retirement is notable because he has been a fixture on American television for more than three decades, he has in many significant ways transformed the late-night talk show, he has had a significant impact on American culture and politics, and he has become one of those seminal figures for several generations of Americans.

Rolling Stone has done a cover-story interview with Letterman to mark his retirement. A synopsis is available online at: http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/news/david-letterman-says-goodbye-inside-rolling-stones-new-issue-20150506. Undoubtedly and deservedly, there will be similar articles in just about every major periodical and newspaper in the country.


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