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Podcast: Reply All: #108 The Skip Tracer, Part II

Continued: Sruthi Pinnamaneni follows the world's best bounty hunter on a peculiar case.
posted by Tevin on Oct 19, 2017 - 6 comments

Podcast: Reply All: #107 The Skip Tracer, Part I

Sruthi Pinnamaneni follows the world's best bounty hunter on a peculiar case.
posted by Tevin on Oct 19, 2017 - 7 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Joe Arpiao  Season 4, Ep 23

Whew, what with hurricanes and stuff it's been a while! This episode is now a month old! Let's take a step back in time, to an age when we were, due to the aging effects of the Trump presidency, all several years younger:
  • Trump's busy week. First he met with Congressional leaders to hammer out a deal to raise the "debt ceiling." (Suprisingly, Trump sided with the Democrats, giving them additional leverage in December when the time comes to make the deal again, and infuriating Republicans.) Then Trump gave the floor to his daughter Ivanka, annoying the further hell out of the Republicans (fortunately, they have an ample supply of hell to spare). No one seems to know why Trump did either of those things.
  • Trump announces that he's ending Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), putting the fate of 800,000 undocumented immigrants in immediate jeopardy, then immediately spins and says Congress should really get off their butts and do something about this tragic circumstance he created. Trump on why he did it: "Either we have a country, or we don't have a country."
  • And Now: A Look At What the NFL Will, And Will Not, Tolerate (This relates to players taking the knee during the National Anthem. This was before Trump directly attacked players who did so, provoking a considerable backlash, with many more players joining the protest.)
  • Main story: the (then) recently pardoned former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, his many horrible acts, his downfall, and why Trumps pardoning of him was an awful thing to do. YouTube (14m) Warning: segment includes footage of Arpaio painfully droning "My Way.")
  • And Now: Joe Arpaio Singing Another Song With No Sense of Irony Whatsoever (the theme from Fame, aka "I'm Gonna Live Forever")
  • Finally, Scranton, PA station WNEP mentioned Last Week Tonight's mentioning of them on the air for the strangely controversial backyard train set they run on-camera during the weather report. Prompted by this, LWT went and build a ridiculously large train set for them, to have. More on that in the next episode....
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posted by JHarris on Oct 2, 2017 - 0 comments

Podcast: Chapo Trap House: Episode 140 - DACA Flocka Flame feat. Karina Moreno (9/9/17)

"Our good pal Karina Moreno (@KaryinBrooklyn)comes by to talk DACA, immigration, and what to hope and dread about." This was especially informative about the history of the U.S. recruiting Mexican farm workers in the 1960s. [more inside]
posted by Space Coyote on Sep 10, 2017 - 2 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: The Republican Replacement For Obamacare  Season 4, Ep 3

So, last week....
  • "Unfortunately, we must begin, again, with President Trump, two words that continue to sound unnatural together, like 'Walrus Porn,' or 'Tilda Swinton.'" Trump promises a crackdown on illegal immigrants, despite problems hiring ICE agents, and withdraws Obama-era guidelines for transgender students in school bathrooms.
  • And Now: Some Random Thoughts From WCBS2 Meteorologist John Elliott
  • Main Story: The Affordable Care Act (YouTube 19m), and Republicans trying to repeal it despite unexpected (to them) popular opposition. LWT examines what it is, problems with it, and Republican plans to fix it.
  • And Now: WCBS2 Meteorologist John Elliott Drops Some Famous Names
  • Finally, the Supreme Court. Republicans refused to hold a hearing for Obama's Supreme Court pick Merrick Garland for 11 months, so that they'd have the opportunity to have their guy Neil Gorsuch confirmed, a historic abberation. To reflect this, LWT's Dog Supreme Court is filling the seat, not with a dog, but by a choice of three lobsters, that they're asking viewers to vote for on their Twitter feed.
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posted by JHarris on Feb 27, 2017 - 7 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: The NRA and Brexit  Season 3, Ep 16

This week...
  • The aftermath of Orlando shootings, from Trump's predictably awful remarks to the Democratic Party's filibuster, and the choke-hold the NRA holds over Congress and regulatory agencies, despite relatively low membership and campaign contributions. YouTube (11m)
  • And Now: "60 Minutes" Anchors Are Still Prompting People to Deliver the Exact Soundbite They Need
  • Main story: Brexit, that is to say, the motion to remove Great Britain from the European Union. Last Week Tonight debunks some of the reasons given for exiting. At the end, LWT provides their own (foul-mouthed, half-hearted) lyrics supporting staying in the EU, sung to the tune of Beethoven's "Ode To Joy." YouTube (16m)
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posted by JHarris on Jun 22, 2016 - 4 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Trump's Border Wall  Season 3, Ep 6

This week.... Brazillians protest against their president Dilma Rousseff and their legislature moves to impeach, although 60% of members themselves face criminal charges of some kind. Obama nominates Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court to fill the vacancy created by Scalia's death. And Now: two segments on CBS This Morning's Awkward Sex Talk. Main story: Trump's proposal to build a border wall along the US/Mexico border. (YouTube 19m) Finally, Last Week Tonight begins to consider updating their All-Dog Supreme Court and asks the public to choose a dog for the event that Garland gets confirmed. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Mar 21, 2016 - 7 comments

Movie: Brooklyn

An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jan 31, 2016 - 10 comments

Bordertown: Series premiere / first 3 episodes  Season 1, Ep 0

Created by Family Guy writer Mark Hentemann and executive-produced by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, the show follows two neighboring families, lead by Bud Buckwald, a border agent, and Ernesto Gonzalez, an immigrated Mexican landscaper. [more inside]
posted by numaner on Jan 19, 2016 - 7 comments

River: Episode 6  Season 1, Ep 6

Everything comes together in this final episode, where River and Ira continue to follow various threads that lead to (and through) Stevie.
posted by filthy light thief on Jan 3, 2016 - 6 comments

Podcast: This Is Actually Happening: What if you were pronounced dead at age 12?

A woman who grew up in the USSR talks about a bad accident and its aftermath. [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine on May 17, 2015 - 1 comment

Movie: The Search for General Tso

Who was General Tso, and why are we eating his chicken? This feature documentary explores the origins and ubiquity of Chinese-American food through the story of an iconic sweet and spicy chicken dish. [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Jan 18, 2015 - 12 comments

Movie: Moscow on the Hudson

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]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Oct 4, 2014 - 3 comments

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