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NPR FOR THE DEAF: We Hear It Even When You Can’t

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

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Stuart Bowen, Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, has just issued his quarterly report investigating waste, fraud and security problems in the reconstruction efforts. PLUS, Former FBI Agent Ericiraqtomtomorrow.gif O’Neill and Director/Screenwriter Billy Ray have collaborated on the new film Breach. It is based on the true story about FBI operative Robert Hanssen who was found guilty of treason and the FBI agent (O’Neill) who was assigned to Hanssen to draw him out of deep cover.

RADIO TIMES
Is America prepared to compete in the future global marketplace? A new study says a radical overhaul of American education is needed if we are to be prepared. We’ll talk with HARRY SPENCE, co-author of the report Tough Choices or Tough Times. It was released by the New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce. Among the reports recommendations include: starting school for most children at age 3, and ending high school after 10th grade. Students then would opt for either technical college or spend two years in college prep courses. Download the executive summary at the Commission’s site.

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WRECKLESS ERIC: Whole Wide World LIVE 1977

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007
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TO: REDACTED
FROM: Wreckless Eric
Subject: Beretta 76
Date: Jan 26, 2007 8:32 AM
What is it about Philly? First the Jukebox Zeroes, now you lot. Everything sounds great. I particularly like Pretty Baby where you actually sound just like Blondie without sounding at all like them, if that makes sense. I meant that as a compliment by the way.
Eric

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MOVIE REVIEW: Sherry Baby

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

sherrybaby3.jpgSherrybaby (Directed by Laurie Collyer)
A standard issue dress-down act from Maggie Gyllenhaal, which I suppose she had to get around to sooner or later. (Please resist, La Zooey.) “Raw” and “non-judgmental” and “empathetic,” even when our protag — an ex-junkie trying to regain custody of her son — does the exact stupidest thing she could do at any juncture, which is a bit too often for my tastes. Should be needless to say that it doesn’t contrast well with Clean, with which it shares a near-exact premise (and a lead named Maggie!). Olivier Assayas did everything he could to dress up his film’s inherent silliness, and wound up cutting right to its heart. Collyer plays it completely straight and Sundance’ 93, and elicits little more than vaguely condescending head nods. Not to mention, in addition to getting trounced by Maggie C., Maggie G. loses out to a shockingly awesome Giancarlo Esposito. C+

KIDNEY BINGOS: AKA Matt Prigge

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K-FED: Rockin’ Da Deep Fryer

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007
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NPR FOR THE DEAF: We Hear It Even When You Can’t

Friday, January 26th, 2007

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Polish writer Ryszard Kapuscinski died on January 23, 2007, at the age of 74. As a foreign correspondent,idiamindrawing.jpg Kapuscinski covered coups and revolutions in the developing world for forty years. Many of his articles appeared in a series of books that made him famous: The Soccer War, Another Day of Life, and Shah of Shahs. This interview originally aired in 1988. PLUS, Actor Forest Whitaker has been nominated for an Academy Award for his portrayal of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the film The Last King of Scotland. Whitaker played jazz musician Charlie Parker in Bird, a British soldier kidnapped by the IRA in The Crying Game and an internal affairs detective on the FOX TV show The Shield.

RADIO TIMES WITH MARTY MOSS-COANE
Does Britain still need the monarchy? Critics say the Royal family costs Taxpayers too much money, and the age of hereditary based leadership Is antiquated. We’ll hear from GRAHAM SMITH, campaign manager for The Republic, a British organization calling for the end of the monarchy. And we’ll hear from HILARY BRUGGEN FORDWICH, a British ex-pat now living in the U.S. who says the Monarchy remains an essential part of British identity. Bruggen Fordwich is a past president of the British American Business Association in Washington D.C. Listen to this story...

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EDGY: From The Makers Of HUSTLE & FLOW Comes This Twisted And Torrid Slice Of Southern Gothic Pulp

Friday, January 26th, 2007
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BLACK SNAKE MOAN: Starring Samuel L. Jackson and his chain, Christina Ricci and her panties, and Justin Timberlake and his big fuckin’ gun.

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BREAKING: Philebrity Smells FEAR OF A BLACK PLANET In Bob Brady YouTube, We Do Too

Thursday, January 25th, 2007
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Watch it for a few minutes, and you begin to feel something weird; set to DJ Kool’s “Let Me Clear My Throat,” the clip ruminates on a clip of Chaka Fattah speaking on the House floor, before moving to stock footage of young black men dancing in the street, then Mayor Street, then, absurdly, Mumia Abu-Jamal and stills from pro-Mumia rallies. Suddenly, Bob Brady’s face appears on the screen. The montage continues, until just about the end, where a legend bears: “THIS MAY, DO THE RIGHT THING,” followed by a shot of a “Fattah For Mayor” placard with “Fattah” x’ed out in spray-paint, and ammended: “Brady For Mayor.” Not to put too fine a point on it, it’s fucking weird.

PHILEBRITY: Well, Lookee, Lookee Here, Kingfish!
PREVIOUSLY: Rain Or SHINE, Big Bob Is In To Win

UPDATE: Well, that was fast. It’s already been pulled down, but Philebrity has it saved on their server. Proof it used to exist AND the song that started it all after da jump… (more…)

Cover Wars: Whose Artfag Kung-Fu Is Stronger?

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

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Someone important once said: Writing about comedy is like square-dancing about acupuncture. Or they should have. And now, for all intents and purposes, it has been said. And not a moment too soon, because PW rock’s its first, and possibly last, annual Humor Issue this week and boy are my arms tired! Props for the 411 on local laugh shacks and the aspiring showbiz Sheckys that fill them with hot air, laughing gas and two-drink-minimum guffaws. Which reminds us, did you ever hear the one about the lollipop and the jump rope? Skip it, it sucks. [insert rimshot here] Yeah, we got a million of ‘em — literally. After all, if there’s a million stories in the naked city, there’s at least a million jokes. Hell, my knuckles get sore just thinking about doling out all those punchlines. Where am I going with this? I thought you knew. Well, you’ve been a dynamite audience, ladies and germs — and I’m not just saying that. OK, maybe I am. Just to sum up: Groucho glasses on the cover of the Humor Issue = Overplayed Comedy Signifier + Overstating The Obvious. WINNER: City Paper

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NPR FOR THE DEAF: We Hear It Even When You Can’t

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

Haliburton Convoy Ambushed In Iraq
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Army Lieutenant Ehren Watada is the first American officer to refuse to deploy to Iraq on the grounds that he thinks the war is illegal. He is joined by one of his lawyers, Eric Seitz, a civillian. Watada is now being court-martialed for his refusal, and for statements he made opposing the war and the Bush administration’s leadership.
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REM: South Central Rain (I’m Sorry) 1983

Thursday, January 25th, 2007
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The Chickens Of Homophobia Come Home To Roost

Thursday, January 25th, 2007
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HOLLA: Note To Self, Make Chuck D. A Man

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

wookie-thumb.thumbnail.jpgBY JAMES DOOLITTLE It takes about all of five minutes for the uneasiness to begin while watching Byron Hurt’s “Beyond Beats and Rhymes: A Hip-Hop Head Weighs in on Manhood in Hip-Hop Culture.” It’s a sense of imminent dread that has nothing to do with the focus of the film, but rather the perceived vanity of its director. With a front-ended bio that firmly establishes Hurt as the former quarterback of the Northeastern University football team — that’s right, THE Northeastern University football team — chopped together with plenty of runwayesque shots of ourwantbustarhymes.gif strapping narrator/director/star, there’s a strong sense that someone is so in love with himself it, well, hurts. Truth be told, however, Hurt’s self-indulgent intro does have a purpose, for in setting himself up as an All-American Playa, his gradual disappointment with where hip-hop wound up cuts deeper than one would expect. Whether through interviews with the likes of Fat Joe, Chuck D., Clipse and Busta Rhymes, or simply in his one-on-one interactions with the everyday fan, Hurt’s film consistently runs up against a brick wall of indifference, and the strength of “Beyond Beats” is how Hurt is able to channel his frustration into something resembling a call to action. Of sorts, a great companion piece to Nas‘ “Hip-Hop is Dead” LP from late last year, and well worth a look — especially if the screening’s free. MORE AFTER DA JUMP (more…)

NPR FOR THE DEAF: We Hear It Even When You Can’t

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

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Pan’s Labrynth director GUILLERMO DEL TORO is Terry’s guest on Fresh Air today. On RADIO TIMES: The new film BREACH is inspired by the story of Eric O’Neill who was hired by the FBI to work undercover in the Robert Hanssen spy case. Hanssen was subsequently convicted of selling secrets to the Russians. O’NEILL is in the studio with Marty along with the movie’s director and screenwriter BILLY RAY.Listen to this story...


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