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August 25

Podcast: Reply All: #74 Making Friends

This week, a story about people who start hearing voices in their heads. But, instead of trying to get rid of the voices, they try to make more. Reporter Laura Klivans has the story. [more inside]
posted by SansPoint at 7:48 AM - 3 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Change of Heart  Rewatch   Season 6, Episode 16

On a high-stakes mission in enemy territory, a Starfleet officer's heart is about to lead him astray…but such are the dangers of tongo. Oh, also Worf faces a difficult assignment. [more inside]
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 4:50 AM - 1 comment

Podcast: ars PARADOXICA: 05: Midnight

Past mistakes catch up with the town of Polvo.
posted by metaBugs at 4:15 AM - 0 comments

Podcast: ars PARADOXICA: Not An Episode of Ars Paradoxica

Something else instead!
posted by metaBugs at 4:12 AM - 2 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: RADAR SECRET SERVICE  Season 5, Episode 20

Crooks don't stand a chance against the miracle science of RADAR, which can track down cars as long as they're moving. It's produced by demon prince Robert Lippert and directed by his archfiend Sam Newfield, so expect to be bored right to death. With short Last Clear Chance: Union Pacific wants you to be safe around their incredibly deadly, whisper-quiet trains, which, thirsty for blood, lurk at crossings, ready to strike. Why don't they look? Great short! The movie, however, is at true test of your MSTie endurance. The riffing is pretty good for most of it, about as good as you can expect from such a gray, static pile of film as this. It is a film that would lead aliens to conclude the planet Earth could hold no joy. YouTube (1h32m) Premiered December 18, 1993. [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 12:26 AM - 5 comments

August 24

Mr. Robot: eps2.6_succ3ss0r.p12  Season 2, Episode 8

A video is released by fsociety; Darlene decides to act on an old desire. [more inside]
posted by sparkletone at 11:05 PM - 6 comments

Adam Ruins Everything: The Second Season  Season 2 (Full Season)

Since we last saw Adam ruining things, he started a podcast, got picked up for 14 more episodes, obliterated all stereotypes about millennials in one presentation, and appears to have lost all his friends, judging from the first episode.
posted by Etrigan at 6:54 PM - 2 comments

The Great British Bake Off: Cakes  Season 7, Episode 1

Twelve new amateur bakers don their aprons and head for the iconic tent in the heart of the British countryside. [more inside]
posted by everybody had matching towels at 6:32 PM - 6 comments

Longmire: An Incredibly Beautiful Thing  Season 1, Episode 8

An investigation into a convenience store murder and related missing person has Walt ranging far and wide. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral at 12:58 PM - 0 comments

Book: The Obelisk Gate

Continuing the trilogy that began with the multi-award-nominated The Fifth Season. The season of endings grows darker as civilization fades into the long cold night. [more inside]
posted by prefpara at 9:46 AM - 1 comment

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Charter Schools  Season 3, Episode 22

This week....
  • US Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte (4m) and others trashed a men's restroom, and Lochte flees to us while his collegues are detained.
  • Main story: The downsides of many charter schools (18m): poor planning, profit seeking and corruption.
  • And Now: One Final Second of Olympic Swimmer Ryan Lochte The Perfectly Encapsulates His Entire Personality, Career and Worldview.
  • Finally, LWT tonight noticed surprising parallels between the campaign of Donald Trump and the book "The Kid Who Ran For President." Part 1 (5m) - Part 2 (5m)
[more inside]
posted by JHarris at 3:44 AM - 6 comments

August 23

Movie: Anthropoid

In the winter of 1941-1942, two Czech soldiers (Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan) parachute back into occupied Czechoslovakia. Their mission is to assassinate the Butcher of Prague: SS General Reinhard Heydrich, the Reich's third in command after Hitler and Himmler. [more inside]
posted by russilwvong at 7:54 PM - 0 comments

Halt and Catch Fire: One Way or Another  Season 3, Episode 2

Cameron and Donna have a hard time finding venture capital; Joe hires a key coder and leaves the rest of the team at a loss.
posted by Pong74LS at 4:17 PM - 2 comments

Halt and Catch Fire: Valley of the Heart's Delight  Season 3, Episode 1

Donna and Cameron explore their options to expand beyond chat. Gordon settles in at Mutiny. Joe launches his latest product. [more inside]
posted by Pong74LS at 4:12 PM - 0 comments

Podcast: My Brother, My Brother And Me: MBMBaM 317: Jimmy Buffett's Betrayal-ville

This is not the episode you want to listen to if you're hoping to renew your faith in humanity. Each of the boys lost something dear in the week leading up to this recording, but none so much as Justin, who lost the act of love itself. Suggested talking points: True LA Crime Stories, Good Trash, Porno Kite, Reconnoiter the Driveway, UNO Moriarty, The Worst Day of Justin's Life
posted by drezdn at 11:09 AM - 8 comments

August 22

Podcast: Radiolab from WNYC: Playing God

When people are dying and you can only save some, how do you choose? What happens, what should happen, when humans are forced to play god? In this episode, we follow New York Times reporter Sheri Fink as she searches for the answer. In a warzone, a hurricane, a church basement, and an earthquake, the question remains the same. What happens, what should happen, when humans are forced to play god? [more inside]
posted by jazon at 10:55 PM - 1 comment

Movie: Kubo and the Two Strings

A boy named Kubo, skilled in storytelling and origami, must locate a magical suit of armor worn by his late father in order to defeat a vengeful spirit from the past. [more inside]
posted by boilermonster at 10:02 PM - 10 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Honor Among Thieves  Rewatch   Season 6, Episode 15

The FBIStarfleet Intelligence sends Donnie BrascoO'Brien to infiltrate the MafiaOrion Syndicate to find who's been leaking information to them, but is he getting in too deep? [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack at 2:33 PM - 8 comments

Book: The Story of the Lost Child (Neapolitan Novels #4)

This fourth and final installment in the series confirms Elena Ferrante, as “one of the great novelists of our time” (NYT Book Review). Here is the dazzling saga of two women, the brilliant, bookish Elena and the fiery, uncontainable Lila. Both are now adults; life’s great discoveries have been made, its vagaries and losses have been suffered. Through it all, the women’s friendship has remained the gravitational center of their lives. Both women once fought to escape the neighborhood in which they grew up - a prison of conformity, violence, and inviolable taboos. [SPOILERS below.] [more inside]
posted by progosk at 9:43 AM - 0 comments

August 21

Archer: Blood Test   Season 2, Episode 3

Wee baby Seamus triggers an emergency operation for the ISIS operatives and Archer springs lurches into action to break into a vault. The back office plans a party. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral at 10:09 PM - 4 comments

The Night Of: Ordinary Death  Season 1, Episode 7

The defense presents its case in the trial of The State v. Nasir Khan.
posted by komara at 7:42 PM - 28 comments

Movie: Bad Words

An adult man uses a loophole to get into National Spelling Bee and a reporter goes along with him to figure out his reasons. [more inside]
posted by numaner at 4:38 PM - 6 comments

Special Event: Rio Olympics 2016 - closing ceremony

That's a wrap!
posted by cortex at 4:13 PM - 64 comments

Superstore: Season 1 of Superstore  Season 1 (Full Season)

A sitcom following the employees at Cloud 9 superstore.
posted by drezdn at 6:45 AM - 8 comments

August 20

Fringe: Five-Twenty-Ten  Rewatch   Season 5, Episode 7

The plan starts to come together, and the team starts to fall apart.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:08 PM - 0 comments

Killjoys: Full Metal Monk  Season 2, Episode 8

Johnny and Pawter head to Old Town while Dutch, D'Avin and Alvis go to Arkyn.
posted by sardonyx at 8:36 PM - 8 comments

Dark Matter: Stuff to Steal, People to Kill  Season 2, Episode 8

It's time for sci-fi cliché number 12 (or whatever) as an accident with new technology zaps the Raza into an alternate universe. Some crew members get to meet their doubles and some encounter other familiar faces.
posted by sardonyx at 7:44 PM - 3 comments

August 18

Steven Universe: Buddy's Book  Season 4, Episode 3

Steven and Connie go to the public library and find a forgotten chronicle!
posted by Small Dollar at 5:02 PM - 33 comments

Book: Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

Given the upcoming Dirk Gently TV show it's probably time to have a read of the book. From Douglas Adams, the legendary author of one of the most beloved science fiction novels of all time, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, comes a wildly inventive novel—in trade paperback for the first time—of ghosts, time travel, and one detective’s mission to save humanity from extinction. [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 3:23 PM - 25 comments

Podcast: How To Be Amazing with Michael Ian Black: #38 Tim Gunn

In this deeply personal and heartfelt conversation the fashion therapist and Project Runway mentor, Tim Gunn, opens up about his struggles with learning to be comfortable in his own skin and using his talent, creativity and passion for the arts to inspire others.
posted by He Is Only The Imposter at 9:58 AM - 7 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: One Little Ship  Rewatch   Season 6, Episode 14

A company of Jem'Hadar invaders is about to learn why it's a bad idea...to cross the Rubicon. [more inside]
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 5:02 AM - 7 comments

August 17

Mr. Robot: eps2.5_h4ndshake.sme  Season 2, Episode 7

Mr. Robot and Elliot try to keep the peace. Fsociety releases a video honoring Uncle Sam. Darlene acts upon an old desire.
posted by Pendragon at 11:15 PM - 30 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: OUTLAW  Season 5, Episode 19

aka "Outlaw of Gor," "Gor II." "The Adventure of a Thousand Lifetimes Continues!" "Fuera de la Ley de GOR" While John Carter fell asleep in a cave and woke up on Mars, one thing author John Norman's creation Gor has over Burroughs' Barsoom books is that at least Tarl Cabot has a magic ring to explain his ridiculous translocation to Barbarian Planet. You know Barbarian Planet, it's a world based on one of those oft-written-about fantasy times that never really existed historically, but all kinds of folk like to imagine, from Howard to Gygax. Well, at least this version has Jack Palance! When this episode aired, the movie was just four years old! I'm not sure it ever got a release in theaters in the US. Although he did it under a pseudonym, the main screenwriter is the same Harry Alan Towers who did the screenplay for 323 THE CASTLE OF FU MANCHU. Fortunately this movie is tons more watchable, thanks to massive amounts of flesh (both male and female, it's an equal opportunity exhibitor) and excellent riffing. One of the host segments refers to all the skin, one of the best sketches and songs MST ever did: Tubular Boobular Joy. Notes on Gor itself are after the break. Official YouTube, with annotations! (1h32m) Premiered December 11, 1993. If you want to fill in the blanks with the movie this is a sequel to (may god have mercy on your soul), here it is! (1h30m) [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 10:03 PM - 6 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: API's New Ad,and Auto Lending  Season 3, Episode 21

This week... [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 7:40 PM - 3 comments

Podcast: Within the Wires: Relaxation Cassette #5

Cassette #5: Focus, Nose [more inside]
posted by jazon at 1:53 PM - 2 comments

Longmire: 8 Seconds   Season 1, Episode 7

An investigation into a home invasion and assault reveals a plethora of illegal behaviour, motives and suspects. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral at 10:28 AM - 1 comment

August 16

Podcast: My Brother, My Brother And Me: MBMBaM 316: Smart Stuff

Hey, look who's at the door! The back door, I mean. It's Island Boy, and he's very, very lost. Oops! Now we have to take care of Island Boy, because I'm pretty sure he'll perish out in the real world. Suggested Talking Points: Island Boy Rises, Deep Sea 'Corns, Barber Barber Barber, Burke Plimpton, Gimme the Hippo, Please and Thank Yous, Justin's New Podcast, Return to the Zoo
posted by drezdn at 7:18 PM - 9 comments

Outcast: A wrath unseen lurks within the shadows, close to home  Season 1 (Full Season)

(And other episode title mashups.) Season one check-in. [more inside]
posted by sylvanshine at 5:46 PM - 2 comments

Podcast: Hello from the Magic Tavern: 75 - Make-Up Artist

An ambitious young make-up artist from the Unmarked Territories is ready to join Usidore's quest. [more inside]
posted by D.Billy at 3:44 PM - 2 comments

WWE Raw: The SummerSlam Go-Home  Season 24, Episode 49

The bifurcated brand comes back together for the granduncle of them all, the last combined PPV until Survivor Series. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 11:16 AM - 31 comments

Podcast: The Black Tapes Podcast: Season 2 of The Black Tapes Podcast

As Season 2 of The Black Tapes comes to a close as Alex, Strand, and even Nic learn that they've been part of the problem all along. [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding at 10:39 AM - 9 comments

Podcast: Archive 81: Season 1 of Archive 81

Finale: Daniel is still missing, but maybe for good reason. One story ends while another, a much larger one, begins again. Since we sort of trailed off with the episode posts, I figured a season-ender might be interesting. [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding at 10:31 AM - 5 comments

Podcast: Welcome to Night Vale: 92 - If He Had Lived

This week is National Alternate History Week. Plus an update on the Beatrix Lohman Memorial Meditation Zone, a warning from the National Weather Service, and Children's Fun Fact Science Corner. [more inside]
posted by jazon at 8:52 AM - 4 comments

August 15

Book: Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay (Neapolitan Novels #3)

In this third Neapolitan novel, Elena and Lila, the two girls whom readers first met in My Brilliant Friend, have become women. Lila married at sixteen and has a young son; she has left her husband and the comforts her marriage brought and now works as a common laborer. Elena has left the neighborhood, earned her college degree, and published a successful novel, all of which has opened the doors to a world of learned interlocutors and richly furnished salons. Both women are pushing against the barriers that would have them living a life of misery, ignorance and submission. They are afloat on the great sea of opportunities that opened up during the nineteen-seventies. Yet they are still very much bound to each other by a strong, unbreakable bond. [more inside]
posted by progosk at 2:42 PM - 5 comments

Movie: Everything Is Copy

A candid portrait of beloved author and screenwriter Nora Ephron, written and directed by her son Jacob Bernstein.
posted by ellieBOA at 10:15 AM - 0 comments

BrainDead: The Path to War Part One: The Gathering Political Storm  Season 1, Episode 8

Get space bugs in your head... [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 9:33 AM - 5 comments

Book: A Clash of Kings

The second book of GRRM's A Song of Ice and Fire. The Seven Kingdoms enter a period of civil war as the War of the Five Kings begins. [more inside]
posted by nubs at 8:25 AM - 2 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Far Beyond the Stars  Rewatch   Season 6, Episode 13

And now for something really different: for the first time anywhere, an adaptation of a long-lost work by the tragic and underappreciated African-American SF author and Afrofuturist pioneer Benny Russell, a story considered so controversial at the time of its writing that it was completely suppressed by its publisher: "Deep Space Nine"! [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack at 8:25 AM - 9 comments

Book: Company Town

Meet Hwa. One of the few in her community to forego bio-engineered enhancements, she’s the last truly organic person left on the rig -- making an outsider from the community, as well as a neglected daughter and bodyguard extraordinaire. New Arcadia is a city-sized oil rig off the coast of the Canadian Maritimes, now owned by one very wealthy, powerful, byzantine family: Lynch Ltd. As an expert in the arts of self-defence, Hwa has been charged with training the Family’s youngest, who has been receiving death threats – seemingly from another timeline. [more inside]
posted by jazon at 7:05 AM - 3 comments

Podcast: ars PARADOXICA: 04: Bullet

Tragedy leads to innovation; innovation leads to tragedy.
posted by metaBugs at 4:56 AM - 3 comments

August 14

The Night Of: Samson and Delilah  Season 1, Episode 6

As prosecutor Helen Weiss prepares for trial, Naz's alliance with Freddy deepens.
posted by komara at 7:20 PM - 8 comments

Book: The Fifth Season

THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS... FOR THE LAST TIME. A season of endings has begun. It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester. This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy. [more inside]
posted by dinty_moore at 12:43 PM - 20 comments

August 13

Killjoys: Heart-Shaped Box  Season 2, Episode 7

The team are tested to the core as tensions rise while Dutch interrogates a lethal Level Six agent he captured and Johnny secretly investigates Jelco's wall for Pawter.
posted by rednikki at 9:58 PM - 5 comments

Dark Matter: She's One of Them Now  Season 2, Episode 7

The crew goes after Alicia Reynaud looking for answers.
posted by rednikki at 9:55 PM - 7 comments

Movie: Sausage Party

A sausage strives to discover the truth about his existence. [more inside]
posted by Small Dollar at 12:34 PM - 19 comments

The Get Down: Where There is Ruin, There is Hope for a Treasure  Season 1, Episode 1

Review: ‘The Get Down’ Is ‘West Side Story’ With Rappers and Disco Queens “The Get Down,” Mr. Luhrmann’s 12-episode series for Netflix (six episodes will be available on Friday 8/12), is being promoted as “a comprehensive look at the art form’s true origins” and an authentic evocation of late-’70s New York, that caldron of burning buildings, bankruptcy, cocaine and revolutionary forms of popular music. [more inside]
posted by pjsky at 6:50 AM - 10 comments

August 12

Archer: A Going Concern  Season 2, Episode 2

Mallory puts ISIS up for sale so the staff jump into covert action to poison the sale to their hated rivals. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral at 11:30 PM - 3 comments

Steven Universe: Know Your Fusion  Season 4, Episode 2

Steven and Amethyst introduce Garnet and Pearl to Smoky Quartz, but Sardonyx steals the show. [more inside]
posted by Small Dollar at 5:20 PM - 26 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Ep. 46. The Eleventh Hour - Chapter Six

If our boys want to get out of this time-locked quagmire, they're going to need some divine intervention -- and the only way to get this particular god to play ball is to get up to no good. Let's hope that big wheel doesn't stop turning on this rotation, yeah? Magnus hurls a friend. Merle does horse stunts. Taako gets the gold.
posted by drezdn at 9:02 AM - 5 comments

BrainDead: The Power of Euphemism  Season 1, Episode 7

...How Torture Became a Matter of Debate in American Politics. Tense AF, as Laurel is taken into custody by the FBI (Kurt Fuller in supercreepy mode) and prepared for enhanced interrogation -- specifically, "controlled immersion", a new, less-drowny version of waterboarding. Gareth teams up with Luke to get an Intelligence Committee hearing on the use of torture, which Red manipulates as usual. But! Gustav and Rochelle have figured out some of the bugs' language and use it to make the bug-infected committee members raise their hands at the wrong times, then walk repeatedly into walls. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 7:58 AM - 1 comment