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Remembering John Denver on His 75th Birthday
January 08, 2019

The early 1970s were angry times. From Kent State to Watergate, from Vietnam to Patty Hearst, society was polarized, and arguably no figure was more polarizing than mild-mannered, bespectacled singer-songwriter John Denver.

Goliath Starring Billy Bob Thornton: An Impressionistic Review
October 04, 2018

We discuss Goliath Season 1, the character of Billy McBride, the genre of Beach Bum Detective Noir (inspired equally by Raymond Chandler and Gidget, and which includes the Rockford Files and Fletch), and Santa Monica Bay's evolution from gritty to pret...

May 2018 Monthly Update
June 04, 2018

A quick update on the upcoming TV Room season (it's about Patty Hearst and the SLA!). Remembering Tom Wolfe and Philip Roth, by comparing them to Hunter S. Thompson and John Updike, and revisiting the New Journalism of the 1960s.

Tania: The Story of Patty Hearst and the S.L.A. (pt 1)
March 07, 2018

From their founding in Berkeley to their doomed LA run, the strange but true saga of the Symbionese Liberation Army and their rendezvous with America's heiress.

Stranger Things (….That ’80s Show??)
December 19, 2017

A spoiler-free review of Stranger Things Season 1.

Remembering Tom Petty (and Video Concert Hall)
October 16, 2017

Why 'Here Comes My Girl' is such an iconic love song, and what it teaches us about rock n roll, making a great music video, and the secret to Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' success. Plus, a look back at the pre-MTV music channel from 1979/1980,

11. The Yellow Kid Arrives on the Scene
September 15, 2017

A century before Bart Simpson, another cleverly drawn little boy burst upon the scene. He caused such a sensation in his day that Yellow Journalism was named after HIM, not the other way around. He was the Yellow Kid.

10. The Era of Yellow Journalism: Prologue
July 12, 2017

Hearst, Pulitzer, Jacksonian Democracy, the Fourth Estate. New York City in the 1890s. Tabloid media concentrates its power, and becomes unchecked and unbalanced.

9. Hearst v. Pulitzer: Rise of the Daily Newspaper
May 19, 2017

Media wars are nothing new. In the 1880s modern journalism began. By the 1890s, "ratings wars" pushed publishers into increasingly reckless territory.