Get Out Of My Life Woman

May 30, 2020

“Get Out Of My Life Woman,” written by Allen Toussaint, recorded by Lee Dorsey, 1965.

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The Right Place

May 30, 2020

“The Right Place,” written by Bill Carter, Ruth Ellsworth, and Tony Villanueva, recorded by The Derailers, 1999. Video directed by Chris Rogers.

The Derailers website

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Umbriago

May 30, 2020

“Umbriago,” written by Irving Caesar and Jimmy Durante, performed by Mr. Durante in a clip from the 1944 movie Music for Millions. Umbriago is apparently a happy-go-lucky character in Italian folklore.

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Frankenstein’s Cat

May 30, 2020

“Frankenstein’s Cat,” a 1942 Terrytoons theatrical cartoon featuring Super Mouse (later renamed Mighty Mouse), directed by Mannie Davis, with music by Philip A. Scheib.

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The Infinite Now

May 29, 2020

“The Infinite Now,” a “cinemagraph” by Armand Dijcks, animating still photographs by Ray Collins. Soundtrack by André Heuvelman.

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Winners Take All

May 28, 2020

According to Anand Giridharadas, ““the global elite’s efforts to ‘change the world’ preserve the status quo and obscure their role in causing the problems they later seek to solve.” This animation by Cognitive distills his full talk at RSA down to about five minutes. You can also read his book about this.

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The Economics of K-Pop

May 27, 2020

K-Pop, South Korea’s pop music, is big business. A PolyMatter video.

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100,000 Americans Die; Trump Plays Golf

May 26, 2020

On Memorial Day weekend, as the number of Americans dead from COVID-19 approached 100,000, President Donald Trump played golf on one of his private courses. Trump National Golf Club is in Sterling, Virginia, only 30 minutes from Arlington National Cemetery, so it might have been the president’s way of observing the solemn holiday.

More:

“Trump tees up controversy as he plays golf in a pandemic,” Martin Pengelly, The Guardian

“Trump Plays Golf at His Virginia Club as U.S. Coronavirus Death Toll Nears 100,000,” Daniel Politi, Slate

“US nears 100,000 pandemic deaths: Does Trump feel your pain?” Calvin Woodward, Associated Press

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The Rise And Fall Of Orange Juice

May 26, 2020

“The Rise And Fall Of Orange Juice.” Cheddar explains.

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Wonderchicken

May 25, 2020

Wonderchicken, the world’s “oldest modern bird fossil.” It walked with dinosaurs.

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