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Craig Ferguson, Different Drummer

December 20, 2014

Craig Ferguson, backed by Steve Jones & Bone Patrol and a Gospel choir, performs “Bang Your Drum,” a song by Glasgow’s Dead Man Fall. The Scottish band’s original video is here, and the original track is on iTunes, SoundCloud, Amazon and Spotify.

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Sabah, 1927 — 2014

December 1, 2014

Sabah, 1927 -- 2014
Lebanese singer and film star Sabah (صباح) (née Jeanette Feghali) died Wednesday at the age of 87. She appeared in more than  90 movies and recorded over 3,000 songs during her long career, inspiring audiences throughout the Arabic-speaking world and composers such as Lebanon’s Rahbani Brothers and Egyptians Baligh Hamdi and Mohamed Abdel Wahab. She specialized in the expressive mawwal popular song genre, and was able to sustain a single note for up to 50 seconds. Her stage name means “Morning” but she was also known as al-Shahroura, “Song Bird,” and al-Ustura, “The Legend.”

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Jim Morrison, Fat

November 10, 2014

Jim Morrison, Fat
Jim Morrison, interviewed by Howard Smith in November 1968, animated by Patrick Smith of Blend Films for Blank on Blank (PBS Digital):

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Maya Angelou Tells Studs Terkel About Con Men

November 6, 2014

Maya Angelou Tells Studs Terkel About Con Men

Studs Terkel interviewed poet Maya Angelou for his Chicago radio show in March, 1970. A portion of the program was recently animated by Patrick Smith of Blend Films for Blank on Blank (PBS Digital):

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Dr. Oz and The Baloney Diet

October 21, 2014

Dr. Oz and the Baloney Diet

Produced by Joss Fong, Joe Posner, Alex Hawley; narrated by Julia Belluz.

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Privilege

October 19, 2014

Privilege
TV talker Bill O’Reilly has waged a persistent campaign denying the existence of White Privilege. Jon Stewart recently confronted him about it, asking about his upbringing in the original suburban subdivision, Levittown, on New York’s Long Island.

“It gave you a nice stable, a cheap home,” said Stewart, “there were no down payments.It was this incredible opportunity … Those houses were subsidized … It wasn’t lavish.”

O’Reilly: No, they weren’t subsidized. They were sold to GIs, and the GIs got a mortgage they could afford.”

Stewart: “Did that upbringing leave a mark on you even today?”

O’Reilly: “Of course. Every upbringing leaves a mark on people.”

Stewart: “Could black people live in Levittown?”

O’Reilly: “Not in that time — they could not.”

Stewart: “So that, my friend, is what we call in the business ‘white privilege.’”

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Bette Davis on Honesty, Brains and the Sexes

October 14, 2014

Bette Davis on Honesty, Brains, and the Sexes

Film star Bette Davis (1908 – 1989) was interviewed in 1963 by columnist Shirley Eder.  The recording  was recently animated by Patrick Smith of Blend Films for Blank on Blank (PBS Digital):

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Paula Deen’s ‘Comeback’ Makes No Splash

October 5, 2014

Paula Deen's 'Comeback' Makes No Splash
Disgraced Food Network star Paula Deen rolled out her new online video network last week and no one noticed, despite her best efforts. Much of  the new “network” content consists of reruns of Ms. Deen’s old cable shows. The price of entry: $9.99 a month, $119.88 a year (not including butter).

More:

“The Future of Cheesecake Will Not Be Televised: Paula Deen Moves Online,” Felix Gillette, Businessweek

“Paula Deen Documentary and $10 Reruns Coming to New Network,” Khushbu Shah, Eater

“Paula Deen Is Still Apologetic and Very Confused,” Daniela Galarza

“The Leftovers,” Taffy Brodesser-Akner, Medium

“Steve Harvey Recruits Paula Deen to Teach Culinary Arts,” Natelege Whaley, BET News

“What’s Really Behind That Crazy New Paula Deen/Steve Harvey Partnership,” Holly Eagleson, Takepart

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Local Notable Promoted

September 7, 2014

Local Notable Promoted

Capitol Hill resident Chesty XIV (above), U.S. Marine Corps mascot, was recently promoted to Corporal. Be sure to congratulate the handsome canine Non-Com when you see him strolling along Barracks Row.

More:

“Marines’ Chesty XIV Promoted to Corporal, Despite Taste for Snacks,” Julian E. Barnes, Wall Street Journal

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McDonnell Trial: The Soap Opera Defense

August 1, 2014

McDonnell Trial: The Soap Opera Defense

The former NFL cheerleader had feelings for the shady millionaire snake-oil salesman, who gave her gifts, favors, and cash in order to influence her husband, the state’s Governor. That’s the Exculpatory Soap Opera Theory introduced by the defense in the corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen, and they’re sticking to it.

Political tragedy? Please. More like campy, middle-age melodrama.

More:

“Ex-First Couple’s Defense in Virginia: The State of Their Union,” Trip Gabriel, New York Times

“McDonnells pin acquittal hopes on bad marriage in Virginia trial,” Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times

“Testimony seems to back up ‘bimbo defense’ in McDonnell corruption trial,” Mark Holmberg, WTVR-TV News

“Trial of Virginia Ex-Governor and His Wife Is an Amazing Soap Opera,” Erin Gloria Ryan, Jezebel

“Star witness in Bob McDonnell corruption trial refutes ‘crush’ defense,” David Sherfinski, Washington Times

Related:

“10 gifts U.S. wants ex-Va. governor, wife to forfeit,” USA Today

“Virginia’s First Lady-elect Maureen McDonnell was a Former Redskins Cheerleader,” UltimateCheerleaders.com

“Of Course! Disgraced Gov. McDonnell Is Now Teaching At Liberty U,” karoli, Crooks & Liars

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