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January 3rd, 2014
04:55 PM ET

What we're reading this week...

By Elizabeth Cherneff, CNN

Through rain, snow, ice & freezing temperatures, Brian Stelter and the RS team are hard at work on Sunday's show. From the weather to the controversy over MSNBC anchor Melissa Harris-Perry's Mitt Romney segment to our RS exclusive interview with Hulu Head of Development Charlotte Koh, we've got a great show planned this week. In the meantime, here are some other media headlines that caught our attention this week:

'Ronan Farrow, Reluctant TV Star'  As MSNBC prepares to launch a new program hosted by Ronan Farrow this month, the New York Times takes a timely look at how the journalist/lawyer ended up as MSNBC's newest cable personality. While Farrow's name is undoubtedly linked to his famous parents, director/actor pair Woody Allen and Mia Farrow, the NYT highlights Farrow's equally impressive and far more private career path. Among several noteworthy items from the article is a quote from MSNBC  president, Phil Griffin, who, when asked about Farrow, said that after meeting with him in New York, “within 20 minutes I wanted to hire him.He’s got it.”

'CES 2014: The Verge Preview' 2014 means new resolutions and new trends and gadgets in the tech world. The annual Consumer Electronics Show kicks off later this month, and staff writers for The Verge have a robust preview this week of what to expect from CES 2014, saying "if 2013 was about introducing new tech like curved televisions and the Oculus Rift, 2014 looks like it’s going to be about making it both real and available for regular humans." From more wearable gadgets to smaller, portable tablets, it will be interesting to see what media consumption themes emerge following "the biggest tech party of the year." 

'Denver Post launches website devoted to weed'  In Colorado, weed was literally the word of this first week of 2014 after dispensaries in that state officially began selling recreational marijuana. The Denver Post made headlines weeks back when the paper appointed Ricardo Braca as its marijuana editor, and this week, Braca and colleagues launched 'The Cannabist,' a separate website devoted to covering "the culture of cannabis." On its website, 'The Cannabist'  writes that "our reach will span the globe as we address cannabis’ ever-expanding role in our weekly lives via news coverage, pot-rooted recipes, arts features, strain and gear reviews, lifestyle profiles, business articles and more, more, more."

Tune in Sunday at 11am EST.

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