When it comes to America’s racial sins, past and present, a lot of us see people in one region of the country as guiltier than the rest. John Biewen speaks with some white Southern friends (Allan Gurganus, Shannon Sullivan, and Timothy Tyson) about that tendency. (This is part six of the “Seeing Whiteness” series, with recurring guest Chenjerai Kumanyika showing up at the end to help keep John honest.)
Ibram X. Kendi argues in Stamped from the Beginning, racist ideas in this country have a long and lingering history, one in which nearly every great American thinker is complicit. [more inside]
Nashville: If Tomorrow Never Comes Season 5, Ep 9
After her life-changing experience and terrifying event, Rayna scrambles to write one more song for the album with Deacon. Meanwhile, Juliette's leg starts to hurt unexpectedly; and Gunner fights for Scarlett. [more inside]
Nashville: Love Hurts Season 5, Ep 5
The Exes shoot their video. Scarlett and the director, Damien George, fight as he pushes Scarlett to limits she's not comfortable with. Clay and Maddie grow closer as he shows Maddie a different part of town. Carl Hockney approaches Rayna at Highway 65. [more inside]
Nashville: Leap of Faith Season 5, Ep 4
Rayna receives a stunning and generous offer from tech guru Zach Welles regarding Highway 65, but Rayna wonders if it's too good to be true. Meanwhile, she and Bucky struggle to find the perfect director for the music video that will launch the Exes' new single. Juliette seeks treatment that is more advanced than her physical therapist recommends. Juliette considers that she might need healing of a more spiritual nature. Will and Kevin look for an apartment together. [more inside]
Nashville: Let's Put It Back Together Again Season 5, Ep 3
Maddie begins an internship at a recording studio and meets a street musician. Avery struggles producing a young YouTube sensation. Juliette meets her guardian angel. [more inside]
Inspired by this comment, would folks be interested in assembling a club to watch and discuss films in the context of the current U.S. administration and/or the rightward tilt of the world? The idea would be to draw from a broad base of films, albeit with more of an emphasis on things that can create uplift or provide guidance about how to go forward rather than pure criticism of the present. Asking because I am terrible at running clubs, but sort-of-okay about joining them. [more inside]
In 1940, FDR squared off against Wendell Willkie. And during the campaign, the Republican, Democrat, and even the Communist parties all managed to agree on one thing: A song. [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: 911 Season 3, Ep 12
- Donald Trump starts to mend fences with the Republican elite (5m), as we all knew he would; refuses to release his tax returns; invented a publicist for himself in the 80s that was actually just him.
- A recording of the Queen of England caught her saying a remark about a Chinese diplomat. (2m)
- Budweiser announces temporarily changing the name of their beer-like substance to "America." (2m)
- People Who Somehow Got Elected: Paul LePage, Governor of Maine. (4m)
- Main story: 911, and the difficulties it faces in the age of cell phones. (16m)
Nashville: If I Could Do It All Again Season 4, Ep 13
Luke starts questioning his decision to bring Riff Bell on tour; Deacon and Frankie butt heads over Vita; Frankie makes a destructive decision. [more inside]
Last Week Tonight S03E01 Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia dies at age 79. Chipotle restaurants face federal investigations over food safety. (LWT produced a small commercial for them.) Main story: Voting (YouTube 14m), and the increased obstacles put in place to make it harder for US citizens to vote in elections. And Now: Newscasters Using Entirely The Wrong Tone. New Zealand's Prime Minister Steven Joyce is smacked in the head by a thrown phallus and is thereafter nicknamed by the New Zealand Herald "Dildo Baggins." Joyce tweeted to send it the GIF to John Oliver to get it over with -- and so they put the image on a flag, and gave the flag to Peter Jackson to wave. And then things got weird.... Yes that's right: Last Week Tonight is back! [more inside]
Into the Badlands: The Fort Season 1, Ep 1
In a post-apocalyptic America, self-styled barons have established order through violence and servitude. In a world where firearms have been forbidden, the backbone of the Baron's power are their clippers, warriors trained with deadly expertise in the martial arts. One such clipper, played by Hong Kong action star Daniel Wu, finds his world on the brink of change when he discovers a boy held captive inside a locked chest. [more inside]
Lake Of Fire is a very dark, very thorough, very good, and very triggering 2.5-hour documentary by Tony Kaye about the politics of abortion in the US in the ‘90s and early aughts. The film captures a range of beliefs about abortion, manifestations of community among the pro- and anti-choice, the blood that has been shed in the war, and (a fraction) of the reality of the process of getting an abortion. [more inside]
Vaughn Hood was a 118-pound barber when he was drafted into the Vietnam War… most men didn’t survive their first three-month tour. Now Vaughn Hood runs a hair salon in St. Johnsbury with his wife, Bev. For a couple days, [host Erica Heilman] sat and talked with him in the back of his salon. We talked about war, about hard work, about survival, and hairdressing. [more inside]
A story of Abraham Bolden, the first black Secret Service agent on the White House detail. A story of divine fate and segregation within the Secret Service. [more inside]
We had a really great run, America -- or should we say America 1: Vanilla Edition -- but it's time to spice things up. It's time to be reborn into something more beautiful, more powerful. It's time to Do the Bartman. [more inside]
Nashville: The Storm Has Just Begun Season 3, Ep 19
Not so embarrassed now. What a cracker of an episode. [more inside]
Nashville: This Just Ain't a Good Day for Leavin' Season 3, Ep 17
I'm embarrassed to be watching this show right now. [more inside]
Bloodline: Part 13 Season 1, Ep 13
A pier dedication. [more inside]
Bloodline: Part 12 Season 1, Ep 12
"When’s it gonna end?"
Bloodline: Part 11 Season 1, Ep 11
Danny continues his wild descent.
Bloodline: Part 10 Season 1, Ep 10
The wedding plans continue apace. John and Marco's investigation points them in Danny's direction.
Bloodline: Part 9 Season 1, Ep 9
The DEA gets involved in John's murder case. Tensions rise between Meg and Danny. John digs into Danny's past. Sally reminisces.
Bloodline: Part 8 Season 1, Ep 8
Kevin recovers at Sally's house. Danny makes a deal with Carlos. One of the murdered girls is identified.
Bloodline: Part 7 Season 1, Ep 7
John and Marco get a lead in their investigation. Meg does her best to help Carlos.
Bloodline: Part 6 Season 1, Ep 6
Danny learns an awful truth about the past. Meg takes on a new client. Kevin's personal life takes a turn. [more inside]
Bloodline: Part 5 Season 1, Ep 5
While searching for evidence in his case, John finds something disturbing from the family's past.
Bloodline: Part 4 Season 1, Ep 4
Now I'm starting to get confused. [more inside]
Bloodline: Part 3 Season 1, Ep 3
What a terrific show this is. All the ducks are lining up. [more inside]
Bloodline: Part 2 Season 1, Ep 2
A shit load of flashback story and intrigue. [more inside]
A social satire that follows the stories of four black students at an Ivy League college where controversy breaks out over a popular but offensive black-face party thrown by white students. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film explores racial identity in acutely-not-post-racial America while weaving a universal story of forging one's unique path in the world.
Today we deliberate over careers, redundancy, hair dye and the Royals eating hot dogs. Answer Me This! Episode 308 is a surprisingly jobs-themed episode, with questions about whether your tertiary education should prepare you for one, to how your hair can affect your ability to get one, to what you do when you lose one. [more inside]
Listeners, thank you so much for contributing your attention, questions and eartime to us this year. What a year it has been! Relisten to the highlights – and lowlights, including such annual delights as the Parade of Melancholy Calls and the blooper reel – in The Best of Answer Me This! 2014. [more inside]
When a Russian musician defects in Bloomingdale's department store in New York, he finds adjusting to American life more difficult than he imagined. [more inside]