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I was incensed by a Twitter thread by a librarian in Florida who details the difficulties of re-opening a public library during the COVID-19 crisis while dealing with entitled patrons who refuse to follow the rules.
After a couple of months of not listening to podcasts, here are three episodes I enjoyed recently and recommend to you.
My review of a documentary about kids trying to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee — while trying to figure out why children of immigrants from India have dominated the event for the last dozen years.
A review of the autobiography of the moviemaker who gave us “Get Shorty,” 2 Addams Family movies, 3 Men In Black movies, and more — after overcoming an unbelievably troubled childhood (and an adulthood that wasn’t all that smooth, either).
For the Picture Of The Day, real-life surgical resident Annie Onishi checks the accuracy of dozens of medical scenes from movies and TV shows, including many you know.
Next time someone says the US should have followed Sweden’s lead in allowing COVID-19 to run its course, infecting a lot of people who would then build up antibodies to fight it and moving the country towards herd immunity faster, share this to explain why they are wrong.
His Netflix show “Patriot Act” remains both compelling and amusing, which is a tough combination to pull off. A recent special episode on George Floyd was a standout. Watch it here.
It’s fascinating to see, in light of recent events, all these companies pushing out CEOs and other top execs for making racist statements and spreading conspiracy theories. If only the Republican party had the courage to do the same.
In light of current events, I look back at “NYPD Blue” and “Cops,” and note the impact they had on public opinion regarding law enforcement.
A recent newspaper story about NASA’s plans to slam a spacecraft into an asteroid to change its course reminds me of a real stinker from the era of all-star, big-budget disaster movies.
Thoughts on Joe Biden traveling to Houston to meet the family of George Floyd before his funeral — and why the message of the “Defund The Police” movement must be changed immediately.
Some thoughts on a few TV shows I have watched recently, including “Run” on HBO, “Defending Jacob” on Apple TV+, “Space Force” on Netflix, and the second season of “Homecoming” on Amazon Prime.
Running some errands yesterday, I had to leave my iPhone at an Apple store for a while to get its battery replaced. Doing so opened a portal to The Before Times.
My review of a new romantic comedy on Amazon Prime starring Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae as a couple who unwittingly become involved in a murder mystery.
Remembering the late Bruce Jay Friedman, who gave us “Stir Crazy,” “The Lonely Guy,” and “Steambath,” in which an actress showed her nipples on American network television for the first time.
Here’s video taken inside The Cosmopolitan, one of the Las Vegas casinos which just re-opened on The Strip. Now tell me again how we are all in this together. And remember that what happens in Vegas goes home with all its visitors to infect their home towns.
For the Picture Of The Day, it’s a “Splash” reunion, hosted by Josh Gad, with stars Tom Hanks, Darryl Hannah, and Eugene Levy, plus director Ron Howard, producer Brian Grazer, and writers Babaloo Mandel and Lowell Ganz.
You know those times when police released surveillance video of a crime and asked the public for assistance in naming the perpetrator? We now need the same for videos of cops who have beaten or shot an unarmed protestor in the last week — name them, then get them off the force.