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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Electric Utilities  Season 9, Ep 11

This week (episode taped on 5/14)... Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. was elected President of the Philippines as was feared in the previous episode, Norway presents a severely WTF entry to Eurovision. Alabama bans the use of hormones and puberity blockers to treat transgender patients under the age of 19, making it a felony punishable by 10 years in prison, a bill signed by Governor Kay Ivey. And Now: The Delightful Delight Of Allison Hammond. Main story: electric utilities: the incredible amount of power their wield, how weakly they can be regulated, and the damage that can do, which has resulted both in the creation of spurious and badly-managed projects in order to charge more on bills in profit, and in them attacking community-led solar projects that threaten their bottom line. In the end, John Oliver is killed by Reddy Kilowatt. On YouTube (24 minutes). [more inside]
posted by JHarris on May 18, 2022 - 3 comments

Movie: Muscle Shoals

A documentary that celebrates Rick Hall, the founder of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and the signature sound he developed in songs such as "I'll Take You There", "Brown Sugar", and "When a Man Loves a Woman".
posted by The corpse in the library on Mar 18, 2021 - 3 comments

Book: Book: Immersion The Science and Mystery of Freshwater Mussels

A beautiful (portable) book on a less-seen but vital part of our world. I read this when I was starting a freshwater project a while back as it helped me into an area I knew little of. If you're concerned about Earth; a geologist, zoologist, ecologist or simply want the gist of how part of nature works this is a great place to start. It's one of the most readable pieces of nature writing I've seen in years. Also has a helpful bibliography. [more inside]
posted by unearthed on Apr 15, 2019 - 0 comments

Podcast: S-Town: Chapter VI

"Since everyone around here thinks I'm a queer anyway."
posted by nightrecordings on Mar 29, 2017 - 6 comments

Podcast: S-Town: Chapter V

"Nobody'll ever change my mind about it."
posted by nightrecordings on Mar 29, 2017 - 13 comments

Podcast: S-Town: Chapter IV

"If anybody could find it, it would be me."
posted by nightrecordings on Mar 29, 2017 - 2 comments

Podcast: S-Town: Chapter III

"Tedious and brief." [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Mar 29, 2017 - 10 comments

Podcast: S-Town: The full-"season" post, for S-Town bingers (and other completists).

Brian Reed's novelistic reportage/show was released in full from the get-go. It's a tightly woven tale, with one chapter flowing into the next - here's where to discuss it as a whole. (Ep 1 thread here, ep 2 thread here.)
posted by progosk on Mar 29, 2017 - 107 comments

Podcast: S-Town: Chapter II

"Has anybody called you?" [more inside]
posted by progosk on Mar 29, 2017 - 19 comments

Podcast: S-Town: Chapter I

"If you keep your mouth shut, you'll be surprised what you can learn." From Serial and This American Life comes S•Town, narrated by Brian Reed. Meet John B McLemore, he has some stories to tell... [more inside]
posted by progosk on Mar 28, 2017 - 41 comments

Movie: My Cousin Vinny

Two New Yorkers are accused of murder in rural Alabama while on their way back to college, and one of their cousins--an inexperienced, loudmouth lawyer not accustomed to Southern rules and manners--comes in to defend them. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Feb 23, 2016 - 12 comments

Movie: My Cousin Vinny

Two New Yorkers are accused of murder in rural Alabama while on their way back to college, and one of their cousins--an inexperienced, loudmouth lawyer not accustomed to Southern rules and manners--comes in to defend them. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 23, 2016 - 0 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

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