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September 17

Podcast: My Brother, My Brother And Me: MBMBaM 477: Crash Bandicoot’s Wallet Chain

If you open yourself up to it, love can find you in the strangest of places. In the meat aging attic. In Crash Bandicoot's loaded back pocket. Or, in an unassuming serving of customizable, hastily baked authentic Italian pasta. Come, have a bowl. Reconnect. Suggested talking points: Old Beef Jokes, Sporf, Damien Adultduck, The Raw Voice, Brown Sonic, Veggie Extravaganza, Tom Orrow, The Inside of Superman's Mouth and Butt
posted by Tevin at 12:55 PM - 0 comments

The Good Place: Webisodes - The Selection  Season 3, Episode 13

These six webisodes watch Shawn and his team of four dingdongs as they figure out their approach for selecting the four non-serial killer, non-boy band-managing humans who will reside in Michael's medium place experiment. They also order food, despite being immortal demons. [more inside]
posted by phearlez at 8:45 AM - 5 comments

September 16

Book: Wanderers

Shana wakes up one morning to discover her little sister in the grip of a strange malady. She appears to be sleepwalking. She cannot talk and cannot be woken up. And she is heading with inexorable determination to a destination that only she knows. But Shana and are sister are not alone. Soon they are joined by a flock of sleepwalkers from across America, on the same mysterious journey. And like Shana, there are other “shepherds” who follow the flock to protect their friends and family on the long dark road ahead. [more inside]
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 10:26 PM - 1 comment

Cobra Kai: Season 2 (Full Season)  Season 2 (Full Season)

In the aftermath of Cobra Kai's win at the Under 18 All Valley Karate Championships, Johnny questions his dojo's philosophy and deals with a figure from his past. Daniel searches for the right way to respond to Cobra Kai's dominance. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 7:00 PM - 3 comments

Star Trek: Enterprise: Twilight  Rewatch   Season 3, Episode 8

Archer faces early retirement. [more inside]
posted by mordax at 11:56 AM - 4 comments

Book: The Woman Upstairs

Told with urgency, intimacy, and piercing emotion, this New York Times bestselling novel is the riveting confession of a woman awakened, transformed, and abandoned by a desire for a world beyond her own. Nora Eldridge is a reliable, but unremarkable, friend and neighbor, always on the fringe of other people’s achievements. But the arrival of the Shahid family—dashing Skandar, a Lebanese scholar, glamorous Sirena, an Italian artist, and their son, Reza—draws her into a complex and exciting new... [more inside]
posted by bunderful at 10:18 AM - 2 comments

Lodge 49: Circles  Season 2, Episode 6

Liz attends Champ's housewarming party, and discovers that there's more happening at Orbis, while Dud finds Blaise, as Blaise found Jackie's story. "We're stuck in a circle, but the magic is just there, just beyond. Merrill knew."
posted by filthy light thief at 9:27 AM - 5 comments

Succession: Argestes  Season 2, Episode 6

As Logan looks to finalize a deal to buy the Pierce family's papers and TV stations at a media & banking retreat, a threat to the deal arises from an unexpected quarter. Tom worries about ATN's new slogan after learning some distressing news from Greg. Kendall, Shiv and Roman fail to see eye to eye on how to handle damage control ahead of a panel featuring the Roys.
posted by JimBennett at 12:15 AM - 10 comments

September 15

The Righteous Gemstones: Interlude  Season 1, Episode 5

In 1989, young Jesse, Judy and Baby Billy each deal with the news that Aimee-Leigh is pregnant in their own unique way, while Eli looks to grow his family's prospects.
posted by JimBennett at 10:55 PM - 4 comments

Six Feet Under: Death Works Overtime  Season 3, Episode 11

Death comes suddenly for a convenience store owner, a fitness buff, and an electrician. Lisa is missing, Nate is frantic, David and Claire are worried, and Ruth is in denial. Vanessa and Rico are still struggling to deal with Vanessa's depression. The Chenowiths have their interment ceremony for Bernard's ashes. [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 7:13 PM - 0 comments

Book: Beyond Birds and Bees

Down to earth and up to the minute with our profound new cultural conversations about gender, sex, power, autonomy, diversity, and consent, Rough's careful research and engaging storytelling illuminate a forward path for a groundbreaking generation of Americans who want clear examples and actionable steps for how to support children's sexual development--and overall wellbeing--from birth onward at home, in schools, and across our evolving culture. [more inside]
posted by aniola at 11:38 AM - 0 comments

Movie: Women Who Kill

Commitment phobic Morgan and her ex-girlfriend Jean, locally famous true crime podcasters, suspect Morgan's new love interest is a murderer.
posted by ellieBOA at 11:21 AM - 5 comments

September 14

Movie: Hustlers

Inspired by the viral New York Magazine article, Hustlers follows a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients. [more inside]
posted by Gin and Broadband at 2:08 PM - 8 comments

Movie: Jason X

Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of Jason Voorhees, a rapid-healing mutant intent on reinforcing 1950s sexual propriety by any means necessary. Where "any means" reduces to "with a machete." [more inside]
posted by GCU Sweet and Full of Grace at 7:50 AM - 8 comments

Killjoys: Terraformance Anxiety  Season 5, Episode 9

The Lady's terraforming plans become a reality, as the Killjoy trio scramble to find a way to defeat her. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 7:17 AM - 1 comment

Movie: Snakes on a Plane

Samuel L. Jackson can no longer abide these detestable serpents on this detestable aircraft. [more inside]
posted by J.K. Seazer at 12:58 AM - 13 comments

September 13

Titans: Rose  Season 2, Episode 2

Dick picks up a new recruit. Kory and Donna go on a stakeout. Dawn and Hank operate a dude ranch.
posted by sardonyx at 9:28 PM - 2 comments

Movie: Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday

Serial killer Jason Voorhees' supernatural origins are revealed. [more inside]
posted by Literaryhero at 5:54 AM - 7 comments

September 12

Book: Anne of Avonlea

In which Our Heroine has matured into a “tall, slim girl, “half-past sixteen,” with serious gray eyes and hair which her friends called auburn”; LLM introduces 2 more characters, Davy and Paul Irving, in order to keep the supply of disasters and whimsy steady; the Avonlea Village Improvement Society achieves variable success; a romantic subplot is resolved; a number of spinsters are met. [more inside]
posted by bq at 9:05 PM - 7 comments

Movie: Victor Frankenstein

Told from Igor's perspective, we see the troubled young assistant's dark origins, his redemptive friendship with the young medical student Viktor Von Frankenstein, and become eyewitnesses to the emergence of how Frankenstein became the man - and the legend - we know today. [more inside]
posted by porpoise at 3:42 PM - 6 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Amnesty - Episode 35

The defenders of Kepler, West Virginia continue their desperate struggle for survival. A world away, a softly spoken truth reverberates down a subterranean chasm. The Pine Guard's destiny waits below. The penultimate episode of the Amnesty campaign.
posted by Tevin at 1:53 PM - 6 comments

Lodge 49: Estrella y Mar  Season 2, Episode 5

Marriages are tested, tried, discussed, considered, and re-considered. Alchemical truths (the magnum opus, making gold, finding the elixir of life and becoming immortal, "an endless catalogue of bullshit") are enjoyed. A psychic is consulted, about life and ponies. And there's a brief, violent interlude with a nail gun, which might just be the nexus for positive changes.
posted by filthy light thief at 9:06 AM - 10 comments

The Great British Bake Off: Bread Week  Season 10, Episode 3

The bakers tackle a signature bake designed to be shared; a deceptively simple summer staple in the Technical; and an ambitious Showstopper (Channel 4 description). [more inside]
posted by PearlRose at 9:02 AM - 21 comments

September 11

Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE FINAL SACRIFICE  Rewatch   Season 9, Episode 10

Rewatch! Come along with us on a road trip to the lost city of Ziox. Don't mind that pesky cult in our way; we've got Troy the Kid and Zap the Rowsdower coming too! We can do a sing-along! We're getting to the really classic episodes now. Ilana let us know last year that the actor who played Rowsdower, Bruce K. Mitchell, passed away. Previously.
posted by JHarris at 11:13 PM - 6 comments

Six Feet Under: Everyone Leaves  Season 3, Episode 10

Keith's great-aunt Jeanie is stung by a bee at a family picnic, and dies of an allergic reaction. Keith and David drive up to San Diego for the funeral, and stay with Keith's parents. Vanessa's drug cocktail is having noticeable effects on her. Russell makes a confession to Claire, Arthur stonewalls Ruth, and Claire and Ruth bond over their less than successful romantic lives. Lisa departs to pay a visit to her sister. Brenda, who has been staying with Billy, hastily leaves his apartment when he crosses a line, and in her distress visits Nate, where she crosses a line with him. And Nate cannot reach Lisa on her cell phone. [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 7:48 PM - 3 comments

Book: Nonviolent Communication

NVC teaches you how to speak your truth or share your perspective in a way that is most likely to lead to harmony than conflict. And it teaches you how to be in the face of uncomfortable statements — like blame, judgment, criticism, or a verbal attack — and listen for the values and needs behind the statement. As a result you are less defensive, are able to stand in a more compassionate place, and are much more likely to defuse any potential conflict. [more inside]
posted by aniola at 12:57 PM - 1 comment

Book: Gideon the Ninth

The Emperor needs necromancers. The Ninth Necromancer needs a swordswoman. Gideon has a sword, some dirty magazines, and no more time for undead bullshit. [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley at 11:14 AM - 5 comments

September 10

Into the Dark: Pure  Season 1, Episode 12

Two step sisters go to a "Purity Retreat" with their father [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin at 6:06 PM - 2 comments

Into the Dark: Culture Shock  Season 1, Episode 10

A pregnant young Mexican woman seeks the American Dream. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin at 5:50 PM - 0 comments

Book: The Testaments

More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid's Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 11:57 AM - 20 comments

Book: L'élixir d'amour

"L'amour relève-t-il d'un processus chimique ou d'un miracle spirituel ? Existe-t-il un moyen infaillible pour déclencher la passion, comme l'élixir qui jadis unit Tristan et Iseult ? Est-on, au contraire, totalement libre d'aimer ?" Anciens amants, Adam et Louise vivent désormais à des milliers de kilomètres l'un de l'autre, lui à Paris, elle à Montréal. Par lettres, tout en évoquant les blessures du passé et en s'avouant leurs nouvelles aventures, ils se lancent un défi : provoquer l'amour.... [more inside]
posted by NathalieBou at 10:14 AM - 0 comments

Critical Role: A Tangled Web  Season 2, Episode 77

The Mighty Nein must determine their next step as they learn more about the powerful figures from Caleb's past...
posted by booksherpa at 9:24 AM - 4 comments

Podcast: My Brother, My Brother And Me: MBMBaM 476: Face 2 Face: Super-Snake Begins

We're returning from a big, wild family vacation, and so we present to you our big, wild live show from Atlanta! We performed it last weekend, back when we were SO jacked up on Coca-Cola that a beam of brown, carbonated energy shot out of our chest and blew a hole in the ceiling. You probably read about it in the newspapers.
posted by Tevin at 5:34 AM - 3 comments

September 9

Podcast: The Report: Bonus: The Death of Peter Smith

It's July 2016. Then-FBI Director James Comey gives a press conference explaining that, while he has recommended that the Justice Department not pursue charges against Hillary Clinton for her mishandling of classified information, Clinton's conduct was "extremely careless." Evidence has never surfaced that Clinton's account was compromised. But a Republican political operative named Peter Smith becomes obsessed with the idea that Russia might have gained access. He spends the next year trying to get ahold of Clinton emails that he thinks Russia has hacked. But he never gets to see what Special Counsel Robert Mueller makes of his efforts—because a year later, he dies by suicide. [more inside]
posted by General Malaise at 3:55 PM - 1 comment

Book: Double Entry

Filled with colorful characters and history, Double Entry takes us from the ancient origins of accounting in Mesopotamia to the frontiers of modern finance. At the heart of the story is double-entry bookkeeping: the first system that allowed merchants to actually measure the worth of their businesses. Luca Pacioli―monk, mathematician, alchemist, and friend of Leonardo da Vinci―incorporated Arabic mathematics to formulate a system that could work across all trades and nations. As Jane Gleeson-White reveals, double-entry accounting was nothing short of revolutionary: it fueled the Renaissance, enabled capitalism to flourish, and created the global economy. John Maynard Keynes would use it to calculate GDP, the measure of a nation’s wealth. Yet double-entry accounting has had its failures. With the costs of sudden corporate collapses such as Enron and Lehman Brothers, and its disregard of environmental and human costs, the time may have come to re-create it for the future.
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 9:59 AM - 1 comment

Star Trek: Enterprise: The Shipment  Rewatch   Season 3, Episode 7

The crew follow up on a lead about the Xindi weapon. [more inside]
posted by mordax at 12:49 AM - 5 comments

September 8

The Righteous Gemstones: Wicked Lips  Season 1, Episode 4

Judy and Martin take Gideon behind-the scenes of the Gemstone enterprise. Eli tasks Kelvin with doing a "satanic sweep" for Dot, the rebellious teen daughter of the church's biggest donors. Jesse and his friends are thrown for a loop when Chad's wife finds some disturbing emails.
posted by JimBennett at 10:56 PM - 10 comments

Succession: Tern Haven  Season 2, Episode 5

The Roys attempt to woo the Pierces by spending a weekend on the rival family ground.
posted by paper chromatographologist at 8:01 PM - 17 comments

Book: To Be Taught, If Fortunate

A stand-alone science fiction novella from Becky Chambers, the author of the Wayfarers series. Like her other books, it's an intimate, character based story. No concrete antagonists, some tech, a simpld, quiet and thoughtful space opera.
posted by signal at 6:07 PM - 3 comments

Movie: Dragnet

The equally-straight-laced and "by the book" nephew of Joe Friday must work with his more laid-back partner to solve a mystery. [more inside]
posted by rhizome at 8:51 AM - 14 comments

September 7

Six Feet Under: The Opening  Season 3, Episode 9

A depressed woman shuts herself in her garage with the motor of her car running, and Rico and Nate relate to her shattered former partner. Claire has a piece in an art show, and all the Fishers turn out to support her: Ruth, who asks Arthur to join her; Nate and Lisa, who are on the verge of divorce; and David and Keith, who are on the lookout for another threesome opportunity. Also present are Billy, Margaret, and Brenda Chenowith, because Billy is also showing a piece. [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 8:38 PM - 1 comment

Carnival Row: Carnival Row (Full Season 1)  Season 1 (Full Season)

A dark, neo-noir fantasy series exploring an alternate Victorian world in which magical creatures are real, living in tension with humans. [more inside]
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul at 7:16 PM - 18 comments

Book: Spice

Explore the world's best spices, be inspired to make your own new spice blends, and take your cooking to new heights. Break new ground with this spice book like no other, from food scientist and bestselling author Dr. Stuart Farrimond. Taking the periodic table of spices as a starting point, explore the science behind the art of making incredible spice blends and how the flavor compounds within spices work together to create exciting layers of flavor and new sensations.
[more inside]
posted by aniola at 2:11 PM - 0 comments

Movie: It Chapter Two

Twenty-seven years after their first encounter with the terrifying Pennywise, the Losers Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back.
posted by snerson at 1:26 PM - 23 comments

September 6

A Black Lady Sketch Show: Born at Night, But Not Last Night  Season 1, Episode 6

Two friends come to regret their decision to visit a new black-owned restaurant. A mother and daughter go toe-to-toe. "Taskmaster," "Turnt," and "Insecurity" help Krystal through a surprise hot-air balloon ride. Carl and Lori's "special guest" has very specific boundaries. A judge, bailiff, court reporter, and attorneys celebrate their first ever all-black lady courtroom. Tensions rise between Ashley, Gabrielle, Quinta, and Robin as the reality of their situation sinks in. (Season Finale) [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 8:41 PM - 6 comments

Titans: Trigon  Season 2, Episode 1

Titans together! Hank and Dawn enlist Jason's help to find Dick. Joined by Donna and Kory, they confront Rachel's dad while Gar shifts to a new form.
posted by sardonyx at 8:30 PM - 6 comments

Killjoys: Don't Stop Beweaving  Season 5, Episode 8

Dutch and Zeph embark on a road trip to a dangerous cult on Leith to find the key to The Lady's destruction. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 8:05 PM - 3 comments

September 5

Book: Dhalgren

A young half–Native American known as the Kid has hitchhiked from Mexico to the midwestern city Bellona—only something is wrong there . . . In Bellona, the shattered city, a nameless cataclysm has left reality unhinged. Into this desperate metropolis steps the Kid, his fist wrapped in razor-sharp knives, to write, to love, to wound.   So... [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 9:44 PM - 38 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: SOULTAKER  Rewatch   Season 10, Episode 1

Rewatch! What awaits us after we die? If this movie is to be believed, we end up inside little rings such as the kind Sonic the Hedgehog collects, ferried back and forth through the afterlife by glorified deliverymen in black suits, overseen by the fearsomely-chinned Robert Z'Dar. A classic Season 10 episode, both for the ridiculous movie and for cameo appearances by both TV's Frank and Joel Hodgson, last seen in 624 and 512 respectively. Previously.
posted by JHarris at 10:43 AM - 9 comments

On Becoming a God in Central Florida: A Positive Spin!  Season 1, Episode 3

Cody throws FAM a rally, where Krystal really gets into the spirit. Ernie tries to connect with his son, while Stan finds a new supplier for the water park. Meanwhile, Judd Waltrip tries to share his story with Mirta Herrera, who's more interested in positive spin, like hip-hop youth who breakdance for peace, and the aligator widow. (But he has a real hot story!)
posted by filthy light thief at 7:23 AM - 1 comment

September 4

Book: Descartes' Bones

Sixteen years after René Descartes' death in Stockholm in 1650, a pious French ambassador exhumed the remains of the controversial philosopher to transport them back to Paris. Thus began a 350-year saga that saw Descartes' bones traverse a continent, passing between kings, philosophers, poets, and painters. But as Russell Shorto shows in this deeply engaging book, Descartes' bones also played a role in some of the most momentous episodes in history, which are also part of the philosopher's metaphorical remains: the birth of science, the rise of democracy, and the earliest debates between reason and faith. Descartes' Bones is a flesh-and-blood story about the battle between religion and rationalism that rages to this day.
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 10:48 PM - 1 comment

Six Feet Under: Tears, Bones, and Desire  Season 3, Episode 8

The leader of a new age-y polygamous family dies, and Fisher & Diaz is swarmed with his wives and children. Ruth declares her romantic interest in Arthur. Lisa tries to learn more about Brenda. David and Keith go paintballing. Claire and Russell do Olivier's bidding. After Julio gets lice, Rico demands that Vanessa get help for her grief and depression. [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 8:27 PM - 2 comments

The Family: The Family  Season 1 (Full Season)

Documentary series shown on Netflix which examines a conservative Christian group—known as the Family or the Fellowship—its history, and investigates its influence on American politics. It is based on books by Jeff Sharlet.
posted by larrybob at 5:40 PM - 4 comments

Lodge 49: Conjunctio  Season 2, Episode 4

"Well, guys, this is my speech. Long ago, at Shamroxx, we served french fries. But here we serve Pommes Frites. They literally come out of the same bag, and we charge twice as much. It's magic. So, let that inspire you." Also, there's a robbery, an attack with a frying pan, the closing of a door, and a marriage.
posted by filthy light thief at 7:25 AM - 6 comments

The Great British Bake Off: Biscuit Week  Season 10, Episode 2

It's crunch time with Biscuit Week, starting off with a luxurious chocolate coated signature bake, then a snack with family significance for Paul and an eye-catching showstopper
posted by kanata at 7:24 AM - 35 comments

Podcast: The Report: Part VII: Charging Decisions

It's April 18, 2019, Attorney General Bill Barr summons reporters to the Department of Justice in Washington DC. Robert Mueller's report is about to be released. Before the press and the public finally see the document for themselves, Barr wants a chance to tell his own version of the story it contains. But is the bottom line according to Barr the same as the bottom line according to Robert Mueller? We'll let you decide. [more inside]
posted by General Malaise at 5:41 AM - 1 comment

September 3

Cobra Kai: Mercy, Part II  Season 2, Episode 1

A villainous sensei from the past returns to the Cobra Kai dojo following the school's victory at the All Valley Karate Tournament. Elsewhere in the valley, Daniel and Robby, return to the place where Daniel began his karate education under Mr. Miyagi with the intent to begin a new dojo to balance out the teachings of Cobra Kai [more inside]
posted by Atreides at 7:39 AM - 8 comments

Podcast: My Brother, My Brother And Me: MBMBaM 475: Edchup

For millennia, mankind has searched for what could be universally considered the worst, yuckiest, most profane, most inscrutable condiment to ever exist, or ever would exist, forever and ever. We're pleased to announce: The search is over. Suggested talking points: Joker Watch, Pennysweets, Flesh Bottle, A New Possum Kingdom, Briefcase Use Case, Hummus Smuggler
posted by Tevin at 6:08 AM - 6 comments

Steven Universe: The Movie  Season 5, Episode 29

Two years after reconciling with the Diamonds and securing the Earth's right to exist, Steven is now seen as an equal member of the Diamond Authority, but he just wants to live his life on Earth with his friends, both in Beach City and the new Gem settlement of Little Homeworld. But another threat to the planet from his mother's past arrives, a gem named Spinel, who comes with a grudge to settle and a terrible weapon.... [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 1:51 AM - 64 comments

September 2

Movie: Face/Off

An antiterrorism agent goes under the knife to acquire the likeness of a terrorist and gather details about a bombing plot. When the terrorist escapes custody, he undergoes surgery to look like the agent so he can get close to the agent's family. [more inside]
posted by J.K. Seazer at 6:20 PM - 22 comments