Peter, Paul and Mary and the BBC
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​The other week, I posted a wonderful video here that was a collection of performances by Peter, Paul and Mary at the Newport Folk Festival at the height of their popularity, between 1963-65.  I mentioned that I had another terrific video of them upcoming, and we have now reached what is no longer “upcoming.”   This is 50-minute video of a concert they gave on British TV in 1965.  (Actually, it’s a bit odd and might be two half-hour shows, since there are credits in the middle.  My guess is maybe it was one performance edited into two shows.)   It’s really good, and ..read more
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When Expert Opinion Sometimes Isn't
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1d ago
Though I have thoughts about the tragic shooting deaths on the set of the movie Rust, they are just personal presumptions, and I don’t have nearly enough information to make them even remotely meaningful.   However, after indictments came down last week, I’ve seen a bit of professional commentary that tried to add legal and social perspective, but didn’t have much sense of what a movie set is like.  And two reactions in particular struck me as -- well, I think the best way to describe them is “nuts.”  And those are worth addressing. To be clear, this is a deeply serious matter ..read more
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Repairing Judi Dench
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Yesterday, I posted a comic sketch for Red Nose Day with Dame Judi Dench, along with French & Saunders, coming to “The Repair Shop,” which is a BBC series where people bring important family heirlooms in need of repair.  My guess is that she appeared in the sketch because she had been on the show itself, for real, when she brought in a pocket watch she’d given to her late-husband, the actor Michael Williams, when they’d been married for a year and were appearing in a play together.   It's clearly very emotional for her talking about him and hoping to get the watch fixed.  I ..read more
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Mike Pompeo Takes the "How Low Can You Go?" Challenge
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2d ago
In his new book, published yesterday, former Trump Secretary of State Mike Pompeo brings up Jamal Khashoggi, the Washington Post columnist, who was brutally murdered and then dismembered by the Saudis – an action believed to have been under the direction of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.  The horrific event galvanized the U.S. in outrage, so it’s understandable that Pompeo would address it in discussing his time in office.  What’s utterly inexplicable though is that Pompeo chose to attack, not the Crown Prince or the Saudi killers, but Jamal Khashoggi, who (to repeat) had been bru ..read more
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In Great Need of Repair
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3d ago
This is a wonderfully loony sketch for the Red Nose Day: Comic Relief telethon in England from 2022.  The video is centered around a parody of a BBC show, The Repair Shop, in which – as far as I can tell – people bring treasured family heirlooms that need fixing and then there’s a Big Reveal when they come to pick it up.  The sketch features two of the main stars of the actual The Repair Shop, Jay Blades and Steven Fletcher, and other of the show's experts, and the guests who arrive in need of assistance are Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French, as well as Dame Judi Dench (yes, really ..read more
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Another New Rainbow
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3d ago
He's ba-ack.  We turn our time over this morning to Randy Rainbow who returns with one of his funniest and most clever parody songs.  I burst out laughing when I saw the title, and that was almost enough, as much in admiration of him realizing that this was the song to write.  Excellent production values, as well.   It's most-especially fun if you know the musical Les Miserables -- not just for this particular song, but a couple of other references he buries in there.  (One of them I didn't get the first time around, but on second viewing I realiz ..read more
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Still Going Strong...
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4d ago
Today is my Aunt Joan's 95th birthday, and it reminded me of one of my favorite tales that I posted here five years ago the day after a surprise party for her 90th birthday.  So, I thought it appropriate to post it again in her honor. I unfortunately wasn't able to attend the party my cousin Susie put together this time around, but we did talk, and she's still the spitfire I refer to in the article.  (She said, "I'm so glad you remembered it was my birthday!"  I replied that I've had a lot of practice...)  The only things different from what I wrote in the article are that ..read more
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And Another...
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4d ago
On Sunday, a man walked into a dance studio in Monterey Park, just east of Los Angeles, and shot 20 people, killing 10 of them.  He later entered a nearby ballroom, but his gun was wrestled from him, and he fled.  He later was killed by police.   The Monterey Park area is a largely-Chinese community, which was celebrating Lunar New  Year.  I haven’t been there often, but when I’ve gone it’s generally been to eat at one of the massive number of Chinese restaurants that fill the streets.  I once did an experiment to not have a destination in mind where to eat, and j ..read more
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Wait, Wait...
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5d ago
​On this week’s ‘Not My Job’ segment of the NPR quiz show Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, the guest is Secretary of State Antony Blinken.  And – yes, really!  It will not shock you that his conversation with host Peter Sagal is not remotely substantive, but is a lot of fun.  Like when he says dealing with his 3 and 4-year old kids are a good preparation for the rest of his days. And politely handles questions about the previous administration.   This the full Wait, Wait… broadcast, but you can jump directly to the “Not My Job” segment, it starts around the 18:15 mark ..read more
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The House of Stewart
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5d ago
Today's Jon Stewart's podcast is, as they put it, “A Nuanced Conversation About COVID Vaccines (Yes, Really!)"  As Jon says, “We’re back and we’re coming in hot with a conversation about COVID vaccines! We’re joined by Dr. Gregory A. Poland (Director of Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group), Dr. Saad Omer (Director of the Yale Institute for Global Health), and Zeynep Tufekci (Professor at Columbia University) who bring something that’s often lacking from these conversations: nuance. We talk through why many non-crazy people are hesitant to get vaccinated, how our public health institution ..read more
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