Taboo: Episode 7 Season 1, Ep 7
A funeral, a betrayal or two, an answer or three, some torture, and a cliff-hanger. Even when all seems lost, James has a plan to save him and those loyal to him -- he just needs a ship. [more inside]
Taboo: Episode 6 Season 1, Ep 6
The Company declares war on James, whilst a revelation drives him to dark, haunted places.
In a no nonsense episode of My Favorite Murder, Karen and Georgia discuss the serial killer Leslie Allen Williams and the enigmatic Israel Keyes.
Melinda Dawson found out on the same day in 1998 that her adoptive mother had been killed and that her husband Clarence was being charged with the murder. Clarence was convicted in 1999 and given two life sentences. Left alone with her two sons, no money, and no experience, Melinda set out to try and prove that he was innocent. She started with a suspect list. [more inside]
Eyewitness: Bless the Beast and the Children Season 1, Ep 2
Philip and Lukas find proof that the killer's alive. Helen tries not to let the case affect her marriage. A new head of the FBI task force is introduced.
Eyewitness: Buffalo '07 Season 1, Ep 1
Teenagers Philip and Lukas meet to share a kiss—and witness a murder, which they don't report out of fear being outed. Complicating matters is the fact that Philip's foster mom is the sheriff, who's soon investigating the case.
The Good Place: The Eternal Shriek Season 1, Ep 7
Michael, concluding his unusual presence as an Architect in his Neighborhood caused all the trouble, decides to retire - to an eternity of torture. Eleanor figures the only way to stop this is to press a failsafe button that will kill Janet. Chidi is less than enthusiastic.
The Last Policeman is a 2012 American soft science fiction mystery novel by Ben H. Winters. It follows a police detective in New Hampshire as he investigates a suicide he believes was really a murder. His efforts are complicated by the social, political and economic effects of preparations for, and anticipation of, an asteroid impact six months in the future. [more inside]
Paul Modrowski is in prison for a murder he claims he didn't commit, and he says he's been misunderstood because of his autism. This week, we bring you the conclusion of our story.
Blogger Paul Modrowski is in prison for a murder he claims that he didn't commit. This week, producer Sruthi Pinnamaneni looks at his trial, and speaks to the one person who admits to witnessing the murder take place.
In 1979 a peaceful protest by Communist workers in Greensboro NC turned into a massacre by the Klan. The police were nowhere to be found. This episode examines the incident and the investigation of who was ultimately to blame. [more inside]
Blogger Paul Modrowski is in prison for a murder he claims that he didn't commit. This week, producer Sruthi Pinnamaneni looks at Paul's life before his conviction, and the crime that landed him behind bars.
While drying out on the West Coast, an alcoholic hit man (Ben Kingsley) befriends a tart-tongued woman (Téa Leoni) who might just come in handy when it's time for him to return to Buffalo and settle some old scores. [more inside]
When Steven Avery is freed after serving 18 years from a wrongful conviction, his search for justice raises questions about the authorities who put him behind bars. [more inside]
American Horror Story: Chutes and Ladders Season 5, Ep 2
Detective Lowe gets settled in to his new digs: he gets a history lesson and his daughter makes a new friend. Drake hosts a fashion show, but the Countess poaches some of his talent. Donovan has ennui, Sally makes her bed, Liz vogues. Introducing: Evan Peters as James March (backstory!), and Angela Bassett as Ramona Royale (not much so far). [more inside]
Rosewood: Pilot Season 1, Ep 1
In the premiere of this drama following a brilliant private pathologist who helps the Miami police department solve its toughest investigations—whether they want his input or not—Dr. Beaumont Rosewood Jr. tackles a case that hits close to home, and teams up with maverick detective Annalise Villa for the first time.
Smiley's People: Part 6 Rewatch Season 1, Ep 6
The green light is given, and Esterhase's team moves in on Grigoriev. Will he help them unlock Karla's secret? Can George finally bring down his nemesis and redeem his career, his Western values, his very being? This is George Smiley's last chapter. [more inside]
Murder, She Wrote: Witness for the Defense Rewatch Season 4, Ep 3
Jessica is asked to come to Quebec to testify at the trial of a friend and fellow write, Jim Harlan, who is accused of killing his wife Patricia, and then burning their country house to cover the crime. Jim's mother, Judith, hired the best defense lawyer, "the very best man in Canada," Attorney Oliver Quayle, who tests JB's patience with his tactics and style.
Smiley's People: Part 5 Season 1, Ep 5
George Smiley finally has the whole story, and now must work to put a plan in place. Circus Chief Saul Enderby takes Maude for a spin around the "garden," earning his cold shoulder from Part 4 and blessing him with his totally-deniable approval of the plan to snare Karla (as well as free access to the Reptile Fund). Commence file-digging with Peter Guillam, target-shadowing with Toby Esterhase, and totally ignoring Oliver Lacon at dinner. [more inside]
Smiley's People: Part 4 Season 1, Ep 4
Sleepless and relentless, Smiley races across West Germany and finally tracks down Otto Leipzig. He's still a step behind Karla for now, but with a flurry of aliases and feints and a little—OK a lot of help from Peter Guillam (Michael Byrne) all of the bits scattered by the death of General Vladimir are finally being swept up into one place. [more inside]
Smiley's People: Part 3 Rewatch Season 1, Ep 3
George drinks his way through three interviews while piecing together the story that General Vladimir died trying to get to him. Bernard Hepton and Beryl Reid reprise their roles from Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy as Toby Esterhase and Connie Sachs, respectively, and then Smiley ventures overseas in search of Otto Leipzig and the Ginger Pig's confession. [more inside]
Smiley's People: Part 2 Rewatch Season 1, Ep 2
Straight from the briefing with Lacon, Strickland, and Mostyn, George steps out onto the Heath in the light of day and attempts to reconstruct the General's movements from the night before. Then, from the week before. He had two proofs. [more inside]
Smiley's People: Part 1 Rewatch Season 1, Ep 1
George Smiley is once again retired from The Circus, living peacefully in his Bywater Street home. But a letter from Paris sets in motion a chain of events that, once again, calls George back into the game. If a rogue elephant... charges at me out of the thicket of my past and gives me a second shot at it, I intend to shoot it dead—but with the minimum of force. [more inside]
Bloodline: Part 13 Season 1, Ep 13
A pier dedication. [more inside]
Bloodline: Part 12 Season 1, Ep 12
"When’s it gonna end?"
Bloodline: Part 11 Season 1, Ep 11
Danny continues his wild descent.
Bloodline: Part 10 Season 1, Ep 10
The wedding plans continue apace. John and Marco's investigation points them in Danny's direction.
Bloodline: Part 9 Season 1, Ep 9
The DEA gets involved in John's murder case. Tensions rise between Meg and Danny. John digs into Danny's past. Sally reminisces.
Bloodline: Part 8 Season 1, Ep 8
Kevin recovers at Sally's house. Danny makes a deal with Carlos. One of the murdered girls is identified.
Bloodline: Part 7 Season 1, Ep 7
John and Marco get a lead in their investigation. Meg does her best to help Carlos.
Bloodline: Part 6 Season 1, Ep 6
Danny learns an awful truth about the past. Meg takes on a new client. Kevin's personal life takes a turn. [more inside]
Bloodline: Part 5 Season 1, Ep 5
While searching for evidence in his case, John finds something disturbing from the family's past.
Bloodline: Part 4 Season 1, Ep 4
Now I'm starting to get confused. [more inside]
Bloodline: Part 3 Season 1, Ep 3
What a terrific show this is. All the ducks are lining up. [more inside]
Bloodline: Part 2 Season 1, Ep 2
A shit load of flashback story and intrigue. [more inside]
2003. With Robert Durst on trial in Galveston, TX for the 2001 murder of Morris Black, many of those involved in earlier investigations – including Westchester DA Jeanine Pirro and Kathie Durst friends Gilberta Najamy and Eleanore Schwank – are convinced that a conviction is all but assured. [more inside]
2000: Susan Berman was the daughter of a famous Las Vegas mobster, Davey “The Jew” Berman, who was a partner with “Bugsy” Siegel in the Flamingo Hotel. Robert Durst’s closest friend since they attended UCLA together, she had a mobster’s mentality and matching code of ethics; people said she would do anything for a friend. [more inside]
2001: A dismembered corpse is found floating in trash bags near Galveston TX. Police trace the body back to a grisly crime scene in Galveston, and arrest one Robert Durst for the killing of his neighbor, Morris Black. Durst, detectives soon learn, is the scion of one of New York’s wealthiest families. Soon, he makes bail and goes on the run... [more inside]
The Blacklist: The Deer Hunter (No. 93) Season 2, Ep 13
Agent Keen investigates a cannibalistic serial killer, but encounters heat from the detective investigating the murder of the DC harbormaster. Red follows up with Fitch's contact from the safe.
Arrow: The Return Season 3, Ep 14
Oliver and Thea are joined by a special friend on their camping trip. Oliver learns you CAN go home again.
Night Vale Daily Journal editor Leann Hart announces changes at the newspaper, while continuing a successful execution of her most controversial business plan. Plus, a station editorial, a look at local traffic, and a parade for a local sports hero. [more inside]
Podcast: NPR: Pop Culture Happy Hour Podcast: Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Empire' And The Importance Of Different Voices
This week, our friends Tanya Ballard Brown and Gene Demby join us to talk about Fox's hit show Empire and to follow up on a recent public discussion of the need for diverse radio voices. [more inside]
How to Get Away with Murder: Hello Raskolnikov Season 1, Ep 10
The saga continues after the murder.... [more inside]
Fargo: The Crocodile's Dilemma First Watch Season 1, Ep 1
A manipulative man meets a small town insurance salesman and sets him on a path of destruction.
In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes talks with Gene Demby about the podcast Serial, a spin-off of This American Life. They'll discuss the podcasts created to discuss Serial and why listeners are picking apart episodes as if it's True Detective.
Psycho-Pass: Gauging the Soul Season 2, Ep 10
Kamui and his group try to locate the Sibyl System by overloading the network, by using the stolen Dominators on a group of 500 hostages. Kasei realizes the goal and orders Akane to kill Kamui by setting off a detonation that would kill all the hostages, pushing Akane further by showing her pictures of her grandmother's murder scene (actual scenes not visible in the episode). [more inside]
Psycho-Pass: Omnipotence Paradox Season 2, Ep 9
Mika learns the truth of the Sibyl System and her hue is unchanged. Seeing this, Kasei and Togane decide to use Mika to push the ever-calm Akane into darkness. Meanwhile, Akane and the others learn of one of Kamui's school friends, Koichi Kuwashima, who didn't get on the fateful plane. The young man is now an up-and-coming official who seems to be working with Kamui.
Psycho-Pass: Untraceable Children Season 2, Ep 7
As Mika's group handles the aftermath of the drone incident, Akane tries to determine Kamui's motives behind obtaining Dominators. and confronts Kasei on why she hasn't deactivated Shisui's Dominator privileges. Meanwhile, Mika looks up Togane's background, learning all of the inspectors he had previously worked with became latent criminals, and of his family's medical corporation. As the group examines evidence found in Kamui's hideout, they discover Kamui had used a hologram that was aged up from a child who died in a plane accident 15 years ago. Akane apprehends a surgeon who previously operated on Kamui and has Saiga interrogate him. Pieces start falling together, linking seemingly unrelated events and details together into one complicated web, all connected to Kamui.
Psycho-Pass: Those Who Cast Stones Season 2, Ep 6
The episode opens with the MSWPB tangled in a battle with civilian-controlled drones, through the "Hungry Chicken" mobile game. Akane figures out Kamui's intention behind this event, while Shion and Sho Hinakawa try to handle the mobile game-controlled drones, further stressing out Mika.
Twin Peaks: Beyond Life and Death Rewatch Season 2, Ep 22
Cooper and Earle's confrontation reaches its climax, and we enter the Black Lodge. Have we ever truly made it back out? Either way, I'll see you again in 25 years... [more inside]