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April 24

Book: Peter Grant Waterstones Edition Short Stories

For the short stories that appear in the Waterstones Editions of the Peter Grant Novels [more inside]
posted by dinty_moore at 6:08 PM - 1 comment

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Amnesty - Episode 26

The Pine Guard continue to chase down their target — but when said target can look or sound like anyone, how do they tell friend from foe? Duck goes on a field trip. Aubrey discovers a treasure trove. Ned makes a startling announcement.
posted by Lurch at 3:00 PM - 2 comments

I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson: Season 1  Season 1 (Full Season)

Six fifteen-minute episodes of comic sketches from SNL alumnus and Detroiters creator Tim Robinson. Guest stars include Andy Samberg, Steven Yeun, Will Forte, Sam Richardson, Kate Berlant, Patti Harrison and Fred Willard.
posted by infinitewindow at 1:35 PM - 3 comments

Podcast: The McElroy Brothers Will Be In Trolls 2: Chapter 8

Presenting a new limited run miniseries in which we guarantee our spot in Trolls World Tour by becoming incredibly famous. Welcome to The McElroy Brothers Will Be In Trolls World Tour Presents The McElroy Brothers Will Appear on The Tonight Show on October 16.
posted by Tevin at 1:03 PM - 4 comments

Movie: Avengers: Endgame

After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to undo Thanos' actions and restore order to the universe. This is it, people.
posted by smoke at 4:11 AM - 8 comments

Movie: Blue My Mind

15-year-old Mia's body is changing in unusual ways. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin at 3:07 AM - 1 comment

Movie: Most Beautiful Island

An undocumented young woman struggles to survive in NYC when she is lured into a mysterious game. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin at 3:00 AM - 0 comments

April 23

Fosse/Verdon: Me and My Baby  Season 1, Episode 3

Gwen and Bob pursue separate projects; Gwen thinks back to the beginning of her career and the circumstances that led her here. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 8:44 PM - 1 comment

The Flash: Snow Pack  Season 5, Episode 19

Icicle returns to enact the next phase of his devious plan, so Caitlin and her mother, Dr. Carla Tannhauser, must resolve their long-combative relationship to defeat the icy monster. After Barry makes a big decision about their family without consulting her, Iris decides to take matters into her own hands. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 7:56 PM - 2 comments

Barry: What?!  Season 2, Episode 4

Barry's patience is put to the test when a figure from Sally's past arrives in LA. Gene gets a pleasant surprise and encourages Barry to believe that change is possible.
posted by rhizome at 3:23 PM - 7 comments

The Twilight Zone: A Traveler  Season 1, Episode 4

On Christmas Eve in the small Alaskan town of Iglaak, a mysterious man in a suit appears in a jail cell with no explanation and asks the chief of police for a pardon. [Starring Marika Sila, Greg Kinnear, Steven Yeun, and Patrick Gallagher] [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 12:25 PM - 7 comments

Book: Perfection Salad

Toasted marshmallows stuffed with raisins? Green-and-white luncheons? Chemistry in the kitchen? This entertaining and erudite social history, now in its fourth paperback edition, tells the remarkable story of America's transformation from a nation of honest appetites into an obedient market for instant mashed potatoes. In Perfection Salad, Laura Shapiro investigates a band of passionate but ladylike reformers at the turn of the twentieth century―including Fannie Farmer of the Boston Cooking School―who were determined to modernize the American diet through a "scientific" approach to cooking. Shapiro's fascinating tale shows why we think the way we do about food today.
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 9:56 AM - 4 comments

Supergirl: Crime and Punishment  Season 4, Episode 18

Kara and Lena head to Stryker's Island to find clues that may help defeat Lex. Kelly encourages James to talk to someone for his PTSD. Ben Lockwood visits the DEO. [more inside]
posted by numaner at 9:09 AM - 5 comments

Podcast: My Brother, My Brother And Me: MBMBaM 456: Good Happy Taste!!!

Keep your head on a swivel as we celebrate this birthday season, because there's a LOT OF STUFF out to get us. Fridge traps, Cager the Basketball Monster, Minecraft Spiders — just, like, look lively, friends. Suggested talking points: Creams and Cakes, Birthday Boy Billy, Guinea Pig Brother, Fridge Epidemic, Disrespectful Hoops, Happy Taste Good, Joe's Apartment But With Spiders, Boo Club
posted by Tevin at 6:17 AM - 11 comments

Book: Home Crowd Advantage, Rare Book of Cunning Device, and Moments

Short Stories in the Peter Grant Universe - available on audible or the Aaronovitch's website. [more inside]
posted by dinty_moore at 4:45 AM - 2 comments

April 22

Gentleman Jack: I was just passing  Season 1, Episode 1

Rejected by her would-be companion Vere Hobart, Anne Lister returns to her shabby ancestral home. (HBO broadcast premiere) [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 8:27 PM - 5 comments

Arrow: Spartan  Season 7, Episode 19

The Ninth Circle delivers a major setback for Team Arrow, so Diggle reluctantly reaches out to a four-star general of the Defense Intelligence Agency for help, despite unresolved tension from their past. Meanwhile, Oliver discovers a piece of information that he believes will turn Emiko against the Ninth Circle. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 8:01 PM - 2 comments

Legends of Tomorrow: The Eggplant, The Witch, & The Wardrobe  Season 4, Episode 12

With darkness on the rise in 2019, the team realizes that a new host of problems have arisen as they have been cleaning up history. Sara tries to save Ava from a fate worse than death while battling her own demons. Nora and Constantine work together to take down a powerful demon. Meanwhile, Zari gets unsolicited advice from Mona, Charlie, and Rory. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 8:01 PM - 4 comments

The ABC Murders: Hercule and the new Inspector  Season 1, Episode 1

Rupert Grint was the surprise star, here. Malkovich being stilted and precise suits the character of Poirot, but put him together with Crome, they warm up to each other in an organic and compelling way, and it's on Grint's natural talent as a supporting actor. I would watch a series based on Poirot and Crome discussing the weather, so good.
posted by Slap*Happy at 8:37 AM - 2 comments

Book: The Tea Master and the Detective

Welcome to the Scattered Pearls Belt, a collection of ring habitats and orbitals ruled by exiled human scholars and powerful families, and held together by living mindships who carry people and freight between the stars. In this fluid society, human and mindship avatars mingle in corridors and in function rooms, and physical and virtual realities overlap, the appearance of environments easily modified and adapted to interlocutors or current mood.
posted by dinty_moore at 7:12 AM - 3 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: The Muller Report & Chiitan  Season 6, Episode 9

There are two topics covered at roughly equal length this week. The first is the long-awaited release of the Mueller Report, the contents of which reveal things that are entirely insane. On YouTube (15m). The other, almost as insane, is the story of Chiitan (TWITTER), an unofficial mascot for the Japanese city of Susaki. The behavior of Chiitan, a cartoon otter with a turtle on its head, was random, bizarre and violent, and so was asked to stop, by the city Susaki, associating with its official mascot, Shinjo-Kun (INSTAGRAM). But where some ways part, others join, so LWT sent one of their own mascots, Chii-john, a cute otter version of John Oliver, to Susaki to be Shinjo-Kun's new friend.
posted by JHarris at 12:01 AM - 6 comments

April 21

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Opioids Again  Season 6, Episode 8

The main subject was a return to the opioid crisis, and the role of big pharmaceutical companies in causing it. Specifically one Richard Sackler, who pushed Purdue Pharma into heavily marketing Oxycontin. LWT created the website Sackler Gallery, which features a number of actors reading transcripts of court appearances by Sackler. On YouTube (21m). Other topics: Brexit gets pushed back to Halloween, and Julian Assange was thrown out of Ecuadorian embassy and brought into police custody for extradition.
posted by JHarris at 11:47 PM - 0 comments

Star Trek: Enterprise: Dawn  Season 2, Episode 13

Trip continues to earn his nickname, with another solo jaunt from Enterprise. [more inside]
posted by mordax at 11:21 PM - 7 comments

Hanna: Season 1 (Full Season)  Season 1 (Full Season)

In equal parts high-concept thriller and coming-of-age drama, HANNA follows the journey of an extraordinary young girl raised in the forest, as she evades the relentless pursuit of an off-book CIA agent and tries to unearth the truth behind who she is. (IMDB) [more inside]
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 7:36 PM - 4 comments

Killing Eve: The Hungry Caterpillar  Season 2, Episode 3

Villanelle's circumstances are getting bleak. Eve creates a deal with an acquaintance. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 7:07 PM - 5 comments

Game of Thrones: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms  Show Only   Season 8, Episode 2

The battle at Winterfell approaches and a number of characters come to terms with what's coming. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:58 PM - 347 comments

The Orville: Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow  Season 2, Episode 13

A time distortion affects Ed and Kelly's relationship. [more inside]
posted by jzb at 9:58 AM - 27 comments

Abby's: Book Club  Season 1, Episode 4

When it's revealed that Fred has a crush on a bar patron, Abby and Beth encourage a reluctant Fred to start dating.
posted by ellieBOA at 3:25 AM - 0 comments

American Gods: Treasure of the Sun  Show Only   Season 2, Episode 7

Mad Sweeney is pursued by banshees. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin at 1:21 AM - 4 comments

American Gods: The Treasure of the Sun  Books Included   Season 2, Episode 7

Mad Sweeney is pursued by banshees. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin at 1:18 AM - 4 comments

April 20

Book: The Goblin Emperor

The youngest, half-goblin son of the Emperor has lived his entire life in exile, distant from the Imperial Court and the deadly intrigue that suffuses it. But when his father and three sons in line for the throne are killed in an "accident," he has no choice but to take his place as the only surviving rightful heir. [more inside]
posted by rue72 at 10:08 PM - 18 comments

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: The Bimbo  Season 6, Episode 13

Holt and Peralta investigate at Kevin's university. Meanwhile, Jeffords and Santiago battle over who can provide the best lunch experience. [more inside]
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 8:28 PM - 17 comments

Movie: First Match

Hardened by years in foster care, a teenage girl from Brooklyn's Brownsville neighborhood decides that wrestling boys is the only way back to her estranged father.
posted by latkes at 8:28 PM - 1 comment

The Amazing Race: Big Brother vs. Survivor vs. The Amazing Race  Season 31 (Full Season)

In season 31 of The Amazing Race, teams are drawn from previous competitors on Big Brother, Survivor, and The Amazing Race. [more inside]
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 4:36 PM - 2 comments

Movie: The Heiresses (Las Herederas)

Troubled Chela and vivacious Chiquita are both descended from wealthy families in Asuncion, Paraguay and have been lovers for over 30 years. Recently, their financial situation has worsened and they begin selling (mostly Chela's) possessions. When one of Chiquita's bank debts turns into a fraud charge, both of their lives take surprising turns. [more inside]
posted by Sheydem-tants at 4:22 PM - 0 comments

Ramy: Ramy   Season 1 (Full Season)

First-generation Egyptian-American Ramy is on a spiritual journey in his politically divided New Jersey neighborhood. [more inside]
posted by k8t at 9:17 AM - 3 comments

Project Runway: Power Play  Season 17, Episode 6

The designers take on the virtual world of fashion in this video game challenge. Three women breaking ground in the multi-billion dollar industry visit the runway, helping the designers understand how clothing for powerful women works in video games! Inspired, the designers each create their own female video game protagonists with a functional and stylish look fabulous enough to earn them an extra life in the competition. [more inside]
posted by kanata at 9:05 AM - 10 comments

Book: The Little Book of Lykke

For his work at the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, Meik Wiking travels the globe from Dubai to Finland, Rio de Janeiro to Bhutan, South Korea to the United States, to discover the secrets of the very happiest people.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:30 AM - 0 comments

April 19

Doom Patrol: Hair Patrol  Season 1, Episode 10

The Bureau of Normalcy enlists the help of a freelancer. [more inside]
posted by mordax at 11:10 PM - 3 comments

RuPaul's Drag Race: Snatch Game At Sea  Season 11, Episode 8

Morgan McMichaels and Jinkx Monsoon drop into the werk room, and the queens compete in a nautical-themed version of Snatch Game with guest judges Tony Hale and Clea DuVall.
posted by duffell at 6:46 PM - 23 comments

Movie: Taking Off

Unable to deal with her parents, Jeannie Tyne runs away from home. Larry and Lyne Tyne search for her, and in the process meet other people whose children ran away. With their children gone, the parents are now free to rediscover/enjoy life. [more inside]
posted by rhizome at 4:23 PM - 1 comment

Supernatural: Jack in the Box  Season 14, Episode 19

Sam, Dean and Castiel investigate a string of suspicious deaths that have a biblical element to them. [more inside]
posted by numaner at 11:50 AM - 7 comments

Movie: Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé

This intimate, in-depth look at Beyoncé's celebrated 2018 Coachella performance reveals the emotional road from creative concept to cultural movement. [more inside]
posted by bleep at 10:18 AM - 4 comments

Book: Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea

A collection of 13 stories by Nebula Award Winner Sarah Pinsker, including "Wind Will Rove" and "And Then There Were N-One". Stories involving music, loss, memory, time travel, the open road, and the occasional astronaut. [more inside]
posted by dinty_moore at 8:26 AM - 1 comment

Star Trek: Discovery: Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2  Season 2, Episode 14

The conclusion to last week's cliffhanger. [more inside]
posted by mordax at 1:16 AM - 58 comments

April 18

Cloak & Dagger: Rabbit Hold  Season 2, Episode 4

Tandy searches the Darkforce for Mayhem, while Tyrone and his mother evade the dangers of gang members and the police force. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 6:54 PM - 5 comments

Special: Special!  Season 1 (Full Season)

A young gay man with cerebral palsy branches out from his insular existence in hopes of finally going after the life he wants.
posted by k8t at 5:26 PM - 4 comments

Book: Consider the Fork

Since prehistory, humans have braved sharp knives, fire, and grindstones to transform raw ingredients into something delicious--or at least edible. But these tools have also transformed how we consume, and how we think about, our food. In Consider the Fork, award-winning food writer Bee Wilson takes readers on a wonderful and witty tour of the evolution of cooking around the world, revealing the hidden history of objects we often take for granted. Technology in the kitchen does not just mean the Pacojets and sous-vide machines of the modern kitchen, but also the humbler tools of everyday cooking and eating: a wooden spoon and a skillet, chopsticks and forks. Blending history, science, and personal anecdotes, Wilson reveals how our culinary tools and tricks came to be and how their influence has shaped food culture today. The story of how we have tamed fire and ice and wielded whisks, spoons, and graters, all for the sake of putting food in our mouths, Consider the Fork is truly a book to savor.
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 11:13 AM - 1 comment

April 17

Happy!: Blitzkreig!!!  Season 2, Episode 4

Mer and Sax track down Dayglo Doug, who reveals some of Shine's mysterious origins. Amanda is counseled to "follow her bliss" by her new friend Simon. Smoothie asks Hailey to be friends. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin at 11:03 PM - 8 comments

Happy!: Some Girls Need a Lot of Repenting  Season 2, Episode 3

Amanda gets fired as her PTSD deepens. Sax pulls off a heist. Hailey is surprised by help with her bullying problem. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin at 10:44 PM - 3 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: CODE NAME: DIAMOND HEAD  Rewatch   Season 6, Episode 8

I have some issues with the internet popularity poll I made that decided the "top 50" episodes of MST3K to watch. This is one of the biggest of those issues. I'm not sure how Code Name: Diamond Head (an actual Quinn Martin, made-for-TV production) got as many votes as it did. I guess some people just like it. It's got the short A Day At The Fair, at least. Anyway, enjoy this failed pilot for a kind of spy series. Previously.
posted by JHarris at 10:34 PM - 3 comments

The Magicians: No Better To Be Safe Than Sorry  Show Only   Season 4, Episode 13

Quentin and Josh get cake. Quentin reflects on his actions. (Season Finale) [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 7:24 PM - 35 comments

The Flash: Godspeed  Season 5, Episode 18

Barry and Iris disagree about how to handle their daughter after discovering Nora's secret. Team Flash isn't sure they can trust Nora, so they go through her journal to find out exactly how she came to work alongside their greatest nemesis. [more inside]
posted by numaner at 10:25 AM - 12 comments

Movie: The Dawn Wall

In an unbelievable story of perseverance, free climber Tommy Caldwell and climbing partner Kevin Jorgeson attempt to scale the impossible 3000ft Dawn Wall of El Capitan. [more inside]
posted by Carillon at 9:13 AM - 5 comments

April 16

Fosse/Verdon: Who's Got the Pain?  Season 1, Episode 2

Rising Broadway star Gwen Verdon meets ambitious young choreographer Bob Fosse and their lives will never be the same. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 8:42 PM - 10 comments

Don't Forget The Driver: First Series  Season 1 (Full Season)

A coach driver and single father navigates the post-Brexit world surrounding his seaside enclave. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 12:09 PM - 2 comments

Book: Weeds

The true story—and true glories—of the plants we love to hate From dandelions to crabgrass, stinging nettles to poison ivy, weeds are familiar, pervasive, widely despised, and seemingly invincible. How did they come to be the villains of the natural world? And why can the same plant be considered beautiful in some places but be deemed a menace in others? [more inside]
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 11:07 AM - 1 comment

Book: Lies Sleeping

The Faceless Man, wanted for multiple counts of murder, fraud, and crimes against humanity, has been unmasked and is on the run. Peter Grant, Detective Constable and apprentice wizard, now plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation to bring him to justice. But even as the unwieldy might of the Metropolitan Police bears down on its foe, Peter uncovers clues that the Faceless Man, far from being finished, is executing the final stages of a long term plan. A plan that has its roots in London's two thousand bloody years of history, and could literally bring the city to its knees.
posted by dinty_moore at 4:33 AM - 3 comments

Movie: Meru

Three elite climbers struggle to find their way through obsession and loss as they attempt to climb Mount Meru, one of the most coveted prizes in the high stakes game of Himalayan big wall climbing. [more inside]
posted by Carillon at 12:00 AM - 3 comments

April 15

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Mobile Homes  Season 6, Episode 7

Main subject: Mobile homes, and the scarfing up of trailer park property by investment groups like the Carlyle Group, who can then raise rents with impunity and force owners with newly-immobile homes to pay it or else abandon their property. On YouTube. (16m) Other topics: Trump's nominations of Herman Cain and Steven Moore to the Federal Reserve Board (with clips from Oliver's hilarious series of Daily Show interviews with Cain) and the corruption of Baltimore mayor Catherine Pugh.
posted by JHarris at 8:39 PM - 4 comments