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In the 1940s, America fought Nazis in pop culture—and 2017’s America should too

Our nation is deeply wounded after the events of last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, when a white nationalist gathering erupted in violence, resulting in the death of activist Heather Heyer and two police officers. As these racists have become increasingly emboldened and visible, the vast majority of the…

Worldwide radio, a behind-the-scenes doc, and a comic that’s more than meets the eye

I don’t know why it took me so long to get around to this behind-the-scenes documentary that accompanied the release of Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp in 2015; years of lackluster DVD extras (and learning what a tedious bore it is to watch a movie being made) have made me wary of any video…

Beyond War Of The Worlds: 12 other times Orson Welles ruled radio

At an age when some spend their time dodging grad-school applications, Orson Welles had already kicked the world’s collective ass in a legendary radio broadcast. Welles was only 23, a theater kid prodigy, when he began his artistic assault on a new medium, radio. His melodious voice and a gift for accents made the…

Read This: A fascinating portrait of radio’s corny but deeply sincere Delilah After Dark

Some people want to fill the world with silly love songs, and what’s wrong with that? For decades, Delilah Rene Luke has been dispensing salt-of-the-earth advice and comforting soft rock tunes as part of her nightly call-in show, Delilah After Dark, which the genial host now records from the basement of a picturesque…

Lightyear.fm shows the “contemporary” music extraterrestrials are rocking out to

Inspired by the opening credits to the 1997 sci-fi cult classic Contact, Lightyear.fm is a web-based experiment that lets users take a trip through the solar system–and beyond–set to the popular music deep space voyagers would be hearing as they got progressively further away from the Earth. The asteroid belt is just…

Country music consultant says it isn’t his fault women are tomatoes

From Guy Clark’s 1983 classic single “Homegrown Tomatoes” to Ricky Van Shelton’s final album, 2000’s Fried Green Tomatoes, country music has a rich, robust legacy of tomato-based metaphors. Keith Hill, a radio consultant, clumsily attempted to contribute to that legacy in his interview this week with a Nashville trade…

Simple Jacks (and Janes): 17 mostly awful portrayals of people with intellectual disabilities

1. Ben Stiller, Tropic Thunder (2008)
There’s a lot of biting satire of Hollywood in 2008’s Tropic Thunder, including some real teeth in the running joke about Ben Stiller’s character, who’s known for playing Simple Jack, a character with intellectual disabilities. It’s clearly a dig at both Forrest Gump and I Am Sam,…

8 football movies that aren’t about the players

1. Draft Day (2014)
Actual helmet-to-helmet football action can only take a movie so far. These days, hardcore NFL fans are all about the action behind the scenes—or that’s what movies like the new Draft Day would have us believe. Out this weekend, Draft Day follows Sonny Weaver Jr. (Kevin Costner), coach of the lowly…

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