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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Nuclear Waste  Season 4, Ep 22

It's a little late, but here's LWT from 8/21:
  • Steve Bannon loses his (official) position as Chief Strategist in Trump's White House, but the White Nationalist In Chief remains, and made more horrible remarks about the protests in Charlottesville. Two business councils advising the White House disbanded following the news as CEOs abandoned the President.
  • And Now: Local News Answers The Question: "Should You Stare At The Sun?"
  • Main story: Nuclear waste, and the United States' long-standing problems in properly disposing of it. YouTube (18m)
  • And Now: Some Of The Actual Responses From Potential Jurors Excused From The Martin Shkreli Trial (see inside for a list)
Last Week Tonight is off until September 10. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Aug 27, 2017 - 2 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: North Korea  Season 4, Ep 21

  • Violence in Charlottesville, where a Neo-Nazi drove a car into a group of counter protesters, killing one and injuring several others, after which Donald Trump refuses to admit that Nazis are bad. Oliver: "David Duke and the Nazis really seem to like Donald Trump, which is weird because Nazis are a lot like cats. If they like you, it's probably because you're feeding them."
  • AND NOW: HIGHLIGHTS FROM ROBOCUP 2017, first without, and then vastly improved by Univision Deportes Commentator Luis Omar Tapia.
  • Main Story: North Korea, the most dangerous rogue nation in the world, and its leader Kim Jong Un, whom Donald Trump seems to be personally insulted by, resulting in a dangerous exchange a couple of weeks ago between the two thin-skinned madmen. Last Week Tonight put together a helpful package of information on the country, revealing such facts that the accordion is the country's national instrument, and that video of US television programming, most notably NCIS, is smuggled into North Korea on USB drives. At the end LWT presents a special number by "Weird Al" Yankovich asking North Korea not to nuke us. YouTube (27m) - Metafilter
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posted by JHarris on Aug 19, 2017 - 8 comments

Podcast: Scene on Radio: That’s Not Us, So We’re Clean

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.)
posted by Going To Maine on Apr 27, 2017 - 0 comments

Book: Stamped from the Beginning

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]
posted by soplerfo on Mar 22, 2017 - 1 comment

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang  Rewatch   Season 7, Ep 15

Pretty much everything you need to know about the episode right here: "Bashir, the drink-doctorer, Nog, the safecracker, Dax, the cocktail waitress, Odo, the bag-man, Kira, the decoy, Sisko, the high-roller, Yates, the victim, and, of course, Vic. (O'Brien, the falsely-accused patsy, is not present as he is being strip-searched)" [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack on Nov 21, 2016 - 9 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: School Segregation  Season 3, Ep 28

Week of 10/30:
  • Regrettably, more on the 2016 Election, putting aside a story on Pirate Party making progress in Iceland, among others, to make room for it. OH WELL:
  • The FBI finds a few Clinton emails in an investigation into oh god I can't believe I'm typing this Anthony Weiner, yes HIM again, Carlos Danger himself. Worth watching just for the footage of Biden reacting to the words "Anthony Weiner."
  • And Now: The Stream-Of-Consciousness Musings of WCBS-2 Meteorologist John Elliott
  • Main story: School segregation, and its surprising continued prevalence, not in the South, but in New York state. YouTube (18m)
  • How Is This Still A Thing: Voting On Tuesday (It turns out to have started because, in the 1800s, people were expected to be spending Monday travelling to the polling place to vote.) YouTube (4m)
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posted by JHarris on Nov 6, 2016 - 2 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Far Beyond the Stars  Rewatch   Season 6, Ep 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 on Aug 15, 2016 - 9 comments

O.J.: Made in America: Part 2: Lack of Community Involvement  Season 1, Ep 2

There was never one Los Angeles, California. There were always two. [more inside]
posted by Cash4Lead on Jun 28, 2016 - 7 comments

O.J.: Made in America: Part 1: U.S.C. Culture  Season 1, Ep 1

To many observers, the story of the crime of the century is a story that began the night Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were brutally murdered outside her Brentwood condominium. But as the first episode of "O.J.: Made in America" lays bare, to truly grasp the significance of what happened not just that night, but the epic chronicle to follow, one has to travel back to points in time long before that. [more inside]
posted by Cash4Lead on Jun 23, 2016 - 6 comments

Podcast: StartUp Podcast: #19 Diversity Report

If you were to walk into Gimlet HQ, there are a few things you'd probably notice right off the bat. First, it's crowded - like a grungy dorm room. Second, the lighting... it's not great. Not many windows. Third, it's white. Really white. 24 of Gimlet's 27 employees are white. In this episode, we look at diversity (or lack thereof) at Gimlet. And we try to figure out what diversity should mean for the company going forward.
posted by Zephyrial on Dec 19, 2015 - 6 comments

Podcast: Reply All: #46 Yik Yak Returns

Yik Yak is an app that allows users to communicate anonymously with anyone within a 10-mile radius. Last year, Reply All did a story about how it brought out a particularly vicious strain of racism at Colgate University. In the second half, Reply All goes beyond Colgate and talks to Jamil Smith to try to understand Colgate in the context of recent campus protests.
posted by lunch on Nov 18, 2015 - 2 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Over-expensive sports stadiums  Season 2, Ep 20

This week.... Iran may be about to make a deal over their nuclear program. Greece may default on loans and possibly exit from the Euro currency. South Carolina finally lowers the Confederate battle flag flying over their state capitol. Last Week Tonight offers, to any team with an offensive mascot costume, to replace it with one of their previously-made mascot costumes. And Now: Whoopi Goldberg Defends Ten Surprising Things. Main story: On lavish sports stations built using public money. (YouTube 19m) John Oliver makes an impassioned sports speech to convince cities to make teams pay for their own stadiums. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Jul 13, 2015 - 6 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Online Harassment of Women  Season 2, Ep 18

This week: Shootings in South Carolina. Russians plan "Patroit Park," a theme park for national military fans. The US $10 bill is being redesigned to include a woman's face. And Now: C-Span Callers Suggest Women For The $10 Bill. Main story: On the harassment of women on the internet. YouTube (17m) Last Week Tonight remakes an old AOL ad.
posted by JHarris on Jun 23, 2015 - 16 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Indian Giver  Rewatch   Season 4, Ep 10

When a mysterious man in native attire rides his horse into Cabot Cove's Founders Day celebration and throws a spear at the mayor's podium, there's a lot of talk in the town. But when George Longbow then comes to the urgent town hall meeting and claims to own the town as the 11th direct descendant of the Algonquin chief Manitoka and heir to a historic land grant, the locals get riled and threats are made. The next day, the body of a local contractor is found with the antique Algonquin lance driven through his chest, everyone looks at George as the most likely suspect, but something doesn't sit right with Jessica Fletcher.
posted by filthy light thief on Jun 3, 2015 - 3 comments

Podcast: This American Life: #554: Not It!

Stories of people, cities, and commonwealths touching their noses and proclaiming "not it!" Including the story of how one city used a rocking chair to take retribution against a late night TV show host, and an island that takes people it doesn't want to deal with and ships them away.
posted by latkes on Apr 15, 2015 - 4 comments

Movie: Dear White People

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.
posted by ellieBOA on Mar 15, 2015 - 3 comments

Movie: In the Heat of the Night

African American police detective Virgil Tibbs is passing through the racist, southern town of Sparta, MIssissippi when he is asked to investigate the murder of a prominent white businessman. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Feb 5, 2015 - 2 comments

Movie: Lone Star

In the Texas border town of Frontera, Sheriff Sam Deeds (Chris Cooper) digs up the past when he finds an old skull in the desert. As he traces the murder of Sheriff Charlie Wade (Kris Kristofferson) 40 years earlier, Deeds' investigation points toward his late father, the much-loved Deputy Buddy Deeds. Ignoring warnings not to delve any deeper, Sam rekindles a romance with his high school sweetheart while bringing up old tensions in the town and exposing secrets long put to rest. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Feb 4, 2015 - 10 comments

Movie: The Defiant Ones

Two escaped convicts chained together, white and black, must learn to get along in order to elude capture. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Feb 2, 2015 - 1 comment

Podcast: NPR: Pop Culture Happy Hour Podcast: Selma and the Use of Dramatic License in Historical Dramas

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon are joined by NPR Code Switch's Gene Demby to discuss the Civil Rights Era film Selma. They'll discuss the direction by Ava DuVernay, the Oprah of it all, and how well it brings Martin Luther King, Jr. to life. Then they'll discuss other historical dramas and the advantages and limitations of dramatic license. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jan 22, 2015 - 1 comment

Podcast: Reply All: #9 The Writing On The Wall

Yik Yak is a an app that allows users to communicate anonymously with anyone within a 10-mile radius. At Colgate University in upstate New York, the anonymity brought out a particularly vicious strain of racism that shook the school.
posted by mathowie on Jan 15, 2015 - 9 comments

Movie: Selma

Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally desegregated the South, discrimination was still rampant in certain areas, making it very difficult for blacks to register to vote. In 1965, an Alabama city became the battleground in the fight for suffrage. Despite violent opposition, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his followers pressed forward on an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, and their efforts culminated in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jan 9, 2015 - 17 comments

Silicon Valley: Signaling Risk  Season 1, Ep 5

The pursuit of a new logo takes precedence. [more inside]
posted by mathowie on May 8, 2014 - 10 comments

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