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June 25

Podcast: My Brother, My Brother And Me: MBMBaM 465: It’s Definitely Chodezilla

Catching the brunt of cold and flu season, which might be happening right now, we haven't checked? Sounds like you need to up your daily intake of Vitamin Cheese. GOTTA get that good stuff in your bones.   Suggested talking points: BO Doctors, The Fussy Man, Weed Boy, Birthday Role-play, Donuts and to the Left, Pigland, Shaqaroni
posted by Tevin at 5:44 AM - 1 comment

Big Little Lies: The End of the World   Season 2, Episode 3

Mary Louise tries to get closer to Jane; Renata focuses her wrath on Principal Nippal; Madeline is forced to confront her issues at couples therapy; Celeste struggles with her memories of Perry.
posted by guiseroom at 5:35 AM - 1 comment

June 24

Podcast: Against the Rules with Michael Lewis: The Seven Minute Rule

The government protects us from some dangerous products, but not from others that, over time, ruin countless lives.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 11:04 PM - 0 comments

Critical Role: Reflections  Season 2, Episode 68

Continuing their crawl through the tomb, the Mighty Nein must tackle a bridge of terrors and come face-to-face with familiar foes...
posted by booksherpa at 4:12 PM - 6 comments

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Inescapable  Season 6, Episode 6

Altarah traps Fitz and Simmons in a mind-prison to coerce them into inventing time-travel. They encounter many obstacles, including the return of Leopold and a homicidal ballerina representing Gemma's buried rage. Enoch figures out how to be a better BFF. [more inside]
posted by under_petticoat_rule at 2:48 PM - 7 comments

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Other Thing  Season 6, Episode 5

Fitz and Simmons are reunited - sort of. Enoch makes a dick move. We meet more Chronicoms and learn more about their situation, and Holmes Mack and Yo-Yo act totally grown-up and not at all passive-aggressive. May proves to Sarge that her love for Coulson was not necessarily face-based. [more inside]
posted by under_petticoat_rule at 2:44 PM - 0 comments

Movie: Murder Mystery

After attending a gathering on a billionaire's yacht during a European vacation, a New York cop (Adam Sandler) and his wife (Jennifer Aniston) become prime suspects when he's murdered.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 2:01 PM - 5 comments

Star Trek: Enterprise: Cogenitor  Season 2, Episode 22

Enterprise encounters a species with three genders. (CW: misgendering, suicide, other nonbinary mistreatment.) [more inside]
posted by mordax at 1:24 PM - 13 comments

Mr. Iglesias: Welcome Back Kot... I mean, Iglesias  Season 1 (Full Season)

Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias makes the all-but-inevitable move from standup comedy to leading a self-titled sitcom, as a high-school teacher at his alma mater of Woodrow Wilson High in Long Beach, California. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 12:37 PM - 1 comment

Movie: Toy Story 4

When a new toy called "Forky" joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy.
posted by chrchr at 12:24 PM - 7 comments

NOS4A2: The House of Sleep  Books Included   Season 1, Episode 4

Vic seeks the Wraith and learns she must trust her gift. A body surfaces in Haverhill. [more inside]
posted by jazon at 7:50 AM - 6 comments

Book: Binti: The Night Masquerade

Binti has returned to her home planet, believing that the violence of the Meduse has been left behind. Unfortunately, although her people are peaceful on the whole, the same cannot be said for the Khoush, who fan the flames of their ancient rivalry with the Meduse.
posted by dinty_moore at 7:12 AM - 0 comments

June 23

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Impeachment  Season 6, Episode 15

Episode 6-15 was about the U.S. process of presidential impeachment, the means provided by its Constitution to remove a sitting President from office. But impeachment itself doesn't imply the process will be successful--Clinton was infamously impeached. To this day the process has never been successfully used to unseat a president. What would it entail, and what are the pros and cons of impeaching Donald Trump? On YouTube (20m)
posted by JHarris at 9:48 PM - 0 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: The Equal Rights Amendment  Season 6, Episode 14

Ep 6-14 was on the Equal Rights Amendment, which infamous got all the way up to the finish line but stopped just short of being ratified by enough states, and because of it sex discrimination is not unconstitutional. What is it, and why did it stall out? Here's the piece on YouTube (16m).
posted by JHarris at 9:44 PM - 0 comments

Patriot: Season Two (All Episodes)  Season 2 (Full Season)

Trauma-ridden folk singer/intelligence officer John Tavner struggles to balance his mission to prevent the nuclearization of Iran with repeated head injuries (and the occasional missing digit), troublesome "help" from his family and friends, and ongoing opposition/pursuit by two different French detectives, three Wisconsin evidence room officers who call themselves the Misfit Toys, three French cops with micropenises, and Iranian intelligence. Debra Winger joins season two as John's mom.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 1:18 PM - 3 comments

Movie: The Killing Fields

The Killing Fields tells the real-life story of a friendship between two journalists, an American and a Cambodian, during the bloody Khmer Rouge takeover of Cambodia in 1975, which led to the death of 2-3 million Cambodians during the next four years, until Pol Pot's regime was toppled by the intervening Vietnamese in 1979. [more inside]
posted by Fukiyama at 10:03 AM - 2 comments

Fear the Walking Dead: Humbug’s Gulch  Season 5, Episode 3

June and Dorie take shelter to hide from a threat, but a misunderstanding with a desperate survivor leads to trouble; Alicia and Morgan face a dangerous obstacle. [more inside]
posted by jimw at 2:19 AM - 0 comments

June 22

Movie: Hanna

A 16-year-old girl raised by her father to be the perfect assassin is dispatched on a mission across Europe. Tracked by a ruthless operatives, she faces startling revelations about her existence and questions about her humanity. [more inside]
posted by chappell, ambrose at 9:49 PM - 2 comments

Babylon 5: Conflicts of Interest  Season 4, Episode 12

The conflict between Sheridan and Garibaldi escalates, as Garibaldi takes on a client: smuggling an old acquaintance through B5. Meanwhile, Sheridan negotiates with Londo and G'kar, and Ivanova descends to Epsilon III. "But only Zathras have no one to talk to. No one manages poor Zathras, you see. So Zathras talks to dirt. Or to walls, or talks to ceilings. But dirt is closer. Dirt is used to everyone walking on it. Just like Zathras. But we have come to like it. It is our role. It is our destiny in the universe. So, you see, sometimes dirt has insects in it. And Zathras likes insects. Not so good for conversation, but much protein for diet." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet at 3:02 PM - 5 comments

Movie: Fast Color

A woman is forced to go on the run when her superhuman abilities are discovered. Years after having abandoned her family, the only place she has left to hide is home. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA at 12:10 PM - 2 comments

Special Event: 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup: Round of 16

The round of 16 has begun!
posted by restless_nomad at 9:34 AM - 145 comments

June 21

Six Feet Under: Knock Knock  Season 1, Episode 13

In the season one finale, Kroehner strikes again, this time sending a new body to Fisher & Sons. The deceased is Tracy Montrose Blair's beloved Aunt Lillian, and Tracy is determined to arrange a resplendent funeral for her. David outs himself to the other church deacons, and there is political fallout. Nate takes his funeral director's exam, then goes with Brenda to see Billy. Brenda picks a fight with Nate on the way home and neglects her driving. Ruth gets fired by Nikolai and dumped by Hiram. Claire goes to a party at Parker's with Gabriel, who ends up going on an ill-conceived beer run with his pals. Rico and Vanessa have their son's christening at Fisher & Sons, and all the Fishers are invited. [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 10:05 PM - 1 comment

Swamp Thing: Darkness on the edge of town   Season 1, Episode 4

Abby's return to the town drags up her dark past with the Sunderlands. While the Swamp Thing senses a growing darkness within the swamp, we learn more about Daniel Cassidy. (from IMDB)
posted by sardonyx at 7:42 PM - 2 comments

Strange Angel: The Fool  Season 2, Episode 1

Two years since the events in season one of Strange Angel, the U.S. Military offers Jack, Richard and their team a classified mission that could turn the tide of World War II, but which comes with increased scrutiny of Jack's personal life. As Jack strives to straddle the worlds of mysticism and science, Virgil Byrne's crusade against the beliefs of Jack and Susan, they offer the religious family safe haven, and find a familiar face returns.
posted by filthy light thief at 11:46 AM - 0 comments

Strange Angel: The Magus  Season 2, Episode 2

Ernest's intentions are questioned, and alliances shift with new revelations. Richard seeks Marison's family, and finds more than he anticipated, and has more questions. Patty works to become a valued participant in the war effort, and at home. Jack finds help from an unlikely source.
posted by filthy light thief at 11:43 AM - 0 comments

Strange Angel: The Sacrificial Dance  Season 1, Episode 10

When Jack receives an invitation to ascend to the next degree, the Parsons must decide if this is what they both want for their future. After uncovering the truth about her own past, Susan is forced to deal with the chilling revelation back in the real world. Richard and Jack finally find common ground, rallying the Suicide Club for a dangerous final demonstration. Jack has all he needs except for one crucial element.
posted by filthy light thief at 11:34 AM - 0 comments

Archer: ARCHER 1999: Dining With The Zarglorp  Season 10, Episode 4

Deep in space, Archer and the crew encounter a terrifying cosmic beast. Even deeper, they encounter a self-aggrandizing life coach.
posted by mikepop at 7:34 AM - 4 comments

June 20

Strange Angel: Sacrament of the Ancestors  Season 1, Episode 9

Susan turns to the religion that seemed to hold so much for Jack, while he becomes increasingly disenchanted it, with so much promised yet so little delivered. Richard and his rocket team hit a massive stumbling block, forcing Richard to invite Jack and Susan out to a lavish dinner in an attempt to gain Jack's help. But Jack has been offered a promotion at Pueblo Powder and must decide between providing Susan with the life she always wanted or burying the hatchet...
posted by filthy light thief at 11:54 AM - 0 comments

Strange Angel: Evocation of the Elders  Season 1, Episode 8

Richard goes alone to present the team's proposal at the Department of War. But without Jack there to do the talking, Richard looks elsewhere to find the confidence he needs. Meanwhile, Jack continues to drift away from Susan, skipping work to go on a spontaneous road trip with a troubled Ernest. Meanwhile, Susan searches for answers behind Jack's behavior by confronting Jack's mother Ruth and the potential source of all Jack's troubles.
posted by filthy light thief at 11:49 AM - 0 comments

Strange Angel: Glorification of The Chosen One  Season 1, Episode 7

While Richard and the rocketry team leave's Jack and his work for more conventional pursuits, Jack turns to other means to convince General Braxton that reaching the moon isn't just comic book fantasy. Susan's concerns about Jack grow after she researches Aleister Crowley and confronts Maggie with the mysterious truths behind this cult religion. Susan's questions leave Maggie at a breaking point, forcing Ernest to confront his inner demons.
posted by filthy light thief at 11:45 AM - 0 comments

Book: Catherine, Called Birdy

This is the first book to be discussed by the Nostalgic YA Book Club! Catherine, a spirited and inquisitive young woman of good family, narrates in diary form the story of her fourteenth year—the year 1290. A Newbery Honor Book.
posted by ChuraChura at 7:34 AM - 5 comments

June 19

Podcast: Ashes Ashes: Ep 74 - Eco-lapse

The IPBES Global Assessment summary is out and we're digging in to all 39 pages this week. The report lays out a grim picture of our current world in terms of life on earth, the ecosystems they create, and our relationship with them that our civilization as we know it depends upon. While not the full 1500+ page report due out later this year, this study is perhaps the most important look at the state of our world that we've ever seen - and if we don't act quickly to fix the problems it so clearly exposes, then nothing less than very the future of humanity may be at risk. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:16 PM - 1 comment

Mystery Science Theater 3000: RED ZONE CUBA  Rewatch   Season 6, Episode 19

Rewatch! We knew it was coming. Here, again, is one of the very worst movies MST ever did, most infamous of the Coleman Francis triad. A trio of criminals get involved in various adventures, go Cuba for a while, make it back to the states, do some nefarious things and die. As John Carradine says: "GRIFFIN. He went all the way to HELL." Between Cherokee Jack, Petey Plane, the "Sick Man" bit, the Dark Spectre of Food, and others, it's a classic episode, but, not for the weak of heart or quick to sleep. At least it's got a speech-and-posture short, unlikely savior it may be. Previously.
posted by JHarris at 7:10 PM - 3 comments

Penn & Teller: Fool Us: David Copperfield vs. P&T  Season 6, Episode 1

The sixth season of this magic show began June 17 on The CW. In the opener, Penn & Teller try to fool David Copperfield.
posted by sylvanshine at 5:19 PM - 11 comments

Perpetual Grace, LTD: Felipe G. Usted. Almost First Mexican on the Moon. Part 1  Season 1, Episode 3

Pa (Ben Kingsley) attempts to escape; James (Jimmi Simpson) seeks a rattlesnake; Felipe (Efren Ramirez) undertakes astronaut training. (Epix) [more inside]
posted by sylvanshine at 3:04 PM - 3 comments

Movie: The Dead Don't Die

The peaceful town of Centerville finds itself battling a zombie horde as the dead start rising from their graves, in a new film directed by Jim Jarmusch and featuring Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Chloe Sevigny, Tilda Swinton, Selena Gomez, Iggy Pop, RZA, Tom Waits, and lots more!
posted by chrchr at 12:22 PM - 4 comments

Podcast: My Brother, My Brother And Me: MBMBaM 464: Face 2 Face: Peace with the Ground-Children

We bumped the Grand Ole Opry from the Ryman lineup to present our own twisted, skewed comedy to the fine folks of Nashville, Tennessee. It was a momentous show, if only for the fact that we finally struck an accord with the Sky-Warriors, and put a climactic end to our centuries-long, unbelievably costly battle.
posted by Tevin at 10:33 AM - 10 comments

Movie: Walkabout

Two city-bred siblings are stranded in the Australian Outback, where they learn to survive with the aid of an Aboriginal boy on his "walkabout": a ritual separation from his tribe. [more inside]
posted by Fukiyama at 9:47 AM - 1 comment

The Handmaid's Tale: Unknown Caller  Season 3, Episode 5

June and Serena grapple with a new revelation about Nichole, leading to an incident that will have far-reaching ramifications.
posted by roolya_boolya at 9:40 AM - 13 comments

June 18

Six Feet Under: A Private Life  Season 1, Episode 12

A young gay man is murdered, bringing some of David's worst fears and anxieties to the surface. Keith is asked to work crowd control at the funeral. Brenda demands that Billy take his meds and return his key to her house, which causes tension with Nate, who considers these measures insufficient. Billy responds by creating a special art installation for Nate's benefit, and then attempting some amateur tattoo removals. Claire struggles to be with Gabe without losing herself. David comes out to Rico and Ruth and apologizes to Keith. [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 7:26 PM - 3 comments

Movie: Cries from Syria

CRIES FROM SYRIA is a searing, comprehensive account of a brutal five-year conflict from the inside out, drawing on hundreds of hours of war footage from Syrian activists and citizen ...
posted by rue72 at 6:52 PM - 0 comments

Perpetual Grace, LTD: Orphan Comb Death Fight  Season 1, Episode 2

James/Fake Paul meets Walker, Texas Ranger. New Leaf's backstory: a passive-aggressive stop sign holder and eyewear entrepreneur. "Pa" hatches a plan with a beer can. Ankle bracelets (two types), rattlesnakes, Mexican spaceflight achievement. [more inside]
posted by sylvanshine at 5:06 PM - 2 comments

Strange Angel: The Mystic Circle of Young Girls  Season 1, Episode 6

Recent experiences have Jack wanting more, inspiring him to push boundaries at home with Susan, despite her misgivings. Ernest's sudden presence at the Rocketry Team's new testing facility has Richard questioning the whole endeavor, until he meets a mysterious woman who helps restore his faith. Meanwhile, Maggie has doubts about Ernest's fidelity.
posted by filthy light thief at 11:17 AM - 0 comments

Strange Angel: Dance of the Earth  Season 1, Episode 5

The team finalizes their prototype but, in a role reversal, Richard has confidence in the design while Jack doubts it will work. Jack leaves the team to test fire without him as he and Susan accept Ernest and Maggie's invitation to go camping in Joshua Tree. While Susan gets better acquainted with Maggie, Ernest expands Jacks' mind, showing him a way forward. "We just have 51 more prototypes to go."
posted by filthy light thief at 11:13 AM - 0 comments

Strange Angel: The Sage  Season 1, Episode 4

Jack's expert witness testimony at a high profile trial thrusts the rocketry team into the spotlight and helps land them a coveted invitation to The Athenaeum. Meanwhile, Virgil drops off Patty, Susan's rebellious teenage sister, for a trying weekend stay, and Ernest's wife, Maggie, makes a surprise return. When Jack's evening at The Athenaeum doesn't go as planned, Jack seeks out Ernest to blow off some steam and ends up on a detour into a darker part of Los Angeles on Hallween.
posted by filthy light thief at 11:05 AM - 0 comments

Podcast: Against the Rules with Michael Lewis: Ref, You Suck!

Rage at referees is all the rage in professional sports. Michael Lewis visits a replay center that's trying to do the impossible: adjudicate fairness.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:01 AM - 1 comment

June 17

Grand Hotel: Pilot  Season 1, Episode 1

Wealthy and beautiful guests bask in luxury, but scandals, escalating debt and explosive secrets hide beneath the picture-perfect exterior. (US Broadcast, ABC) [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 8:59 PM - 5 comments

Los Espookys: El Exorcismo (The Exorcism)  Season 1, Episode 1

In the series premiere of a primarily Spanish language comedy (with English subtitles), 4 friends use their love of horror to start a business. [more inside]
posted by the primroses were over at 6:54 PM - 8 comments

Euphoria: Pilot  Season 1, Episode 1

Rue returns home from rehab and meets Jules; Nate and Maddy attempt to make each other jealous; Kat is pressured to lose something.
posted by guiseroom at 5:47 PM - 7 comments

Movie: Late Night

A late-night talk show host suspects that she may soon be losing her long-running show. [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 4:52 PM - 3 comments

Movie: Men in Black: International

The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. In this new adventure, they tackle their biggest threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organization.
posted by numaner at 3:42 PM - 5 comments

Critical Role: Beyond the Eyes of Angels  Season 2, Episode 67

The Mighty Nein delve further under Bazzoxan, where dangerous traps and ghostly horrors lie in wait...
posted by booksherpa at 1:17 PM - 6 comments

Strange Angel: Ritual of the Rival Tribes  Season 1, Episode 3

Feeling the pressure to succeed and provide Susan with the life he promised, Jack urges the rocketry team to take a risk and start testing their experiments at full volume. Sensing the Parsons' mounting frustrations, Ernest offers a way to make all their dreams come true. "I promise you, our life will never be boring."
posted by filthy light thief at 10:19 AM - 0 comments

Strange Angel: Ritual of Abduction  Season 1, Episode 2

Jack and Richard set off to create the first ever rocketry university-sponsored team. But with uncertain acceptance, coupled with Ernest's looming presence, Jack and Susan are feeling more on edge than ever before, desperate to figure out Ernest's intentions. “Can I get there by candlelight?”
posted by filthy light thief at 10:00 AM - 1 comment

iZombie: Filleted to Rest  Season 5, Episode 7

While investigating the murder of a chef at a high-end restaurant, Liv consumes her brain and becomes an unrelenting perfectionist; Major works to find out who is betraying the commander. [more inside]
posted by terilou at 10:00 AM - 3 comments

Special Event: 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup: Match Day 3

It's you, it's me, it's Match Day 3.
posted by cortex at 8:32 AM - 57 comments

Book: The Calculating Stars

On a cold spring night in 1952, a huge meteorite fell to earth and obliterated much of the east coast of the United States, including Washington D.C. The ensuing climate cataclysm will soon render the earth inhospitable for humanity, as the last such meteorite did for the dinosaurs. This looming threat calls for a radically accelerated effort to colonize space, and requires a much larger share of humanity to take part in the process. Elma York’s experience as a WASP pilot and mathematician earns her a place in the International Aerospace Coalition’s attempts to put man on the moon, as a calculator. But with so many skilled and experienced women pilots and scientists involved with the program, it doesn’t take long before Elma begins to wonder why they can’t go into space, too.
posted by dinty_moore at 7:13 AM - 8 comments

NOS4A2: The Gas Mask Man  Show Only   Season 1, Episode 3

Vic strives to live a normal life despite Maggie's warning. Charlie puts Bing to work.
posted by jazon at 6:27 AM - 2 comments

Star Trek: Enterprise: The Breach  Season 2, Episode 21

Enterprise confronts racism and speleothems. [more inside]
posted by mordax at 2:06 AM - 4 comments

June 16

Big Little Lies: Tell-Tale Hearts   Season 2, Episode 2

Renata faces an uncertain future when Gordon lands in legal trouble; Celeste opens up to Mary Louise about her relationship with Perry; Ed confronts Madeline about her secrets.
posted by guiseroom at 9:14 PM - 4 comments