I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.
Worth the listen, but not earthshaking material.
This essay comes from the NPR series This I Believe, which features brief personal reflections from both famous and unknown Americans. The pieces that make up the series compel listeners to rethink not only what and how they have arrived at their beliefs, but also the extent to which they share them with others.
In A Secret History, we uncover the true origin of the United States of America and explore the occult origins of its signs and symbols - discovering that Freemasonic and Illuminati secret societies are responsible for how we live our daily lives in this modern world. Discover the ruling elite who have been orchestrating the world we know for centuries and who sparked a global revolution and created the most powerful nation on the planet - a grand design put into action and still present today.
Females in the horror genre have captivated audiences for decades. From Scream Queens to victims, heroes or killers, women keep horror alive. Welcome to My Darkside explores how women in the horror genre feel, from being in a male dominated world, to why they chose to cover themselves up with blood. What is it about horror that they love?
Global news and analysis from the BBC World Service. Join our leading team of presenters for the best interviews, features and analysis of world events.
The American Biker, a modern day cowboy and a symbol of rugged determination. Many American Bikers use the word "freedom" to describe the unequaled feeling of the open road with the wind at their backs, headed into the wondrous American landscape. They ride for freedom and the tranquility of the open road. From weekend day trips to cross country journeys, you'll find bikers on every highway across the nation. Their lifestyle reflects the hardcore essence of all Americans.
At the end of the Second World War the United States government (under Operation Paperclip) extracted Nazi scientists from Germany. Very quickly top secret scientific testing started to happen all across America. Project MK ULTRA was formed by the CIA. The US government proceeded to drug, rape, torture, and murder innocent citizens on a massive scale that spanned decades.
In the 19th century, England controlled the biggest Empire the world had ever seen. Scientific breakthroughs, huge scale engineering, and great leaps in medicine led Britain's reign of global power. And yet, behind the facade there was a darkness. An unimaginable world of evil - theft, rape, murder, and more. This was the real world of Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes. But there was a lesser known killer on the loose who was far worse than any of the others.
Today on O&A, It's our last show of the year and we start off by talking to DJ Dennis Falone before heavily discussing the execution of two NYPD officers over the weekend. Sam's mom makes cookies, Lionel joins the show, we talk more about the NYPD killings, and we talk more with Dennis Falone. Mike Bocchetti joins the show, we talk about the Sony hack, and Lionel plays some guitar. We watch a police video, and we wrap up with Mike and Lionel. Finally, Sam hosts the After Show.
For thousands of years, mankind advanced slowly, then suddenly, we took to the skies, created machines to think for us, and devised weapons of mass destruction dwarfing the industrial revolution with the technology revolution. The scientific advancements we now consider part of our everyday lives surged forward with one peculiar event - global sightings of UFO's. In 1936, a UFO crashed in the Black Forest of Germany. Hitler ordered a full scale investigation and the Nazis began reverse engineering the technology.
The guys are off today - so here's one from the archive…Today on Ron & Fez, actor William H. Macy is in studio to talk about Shameless and bad dads. Colin Quinn and Jeffrey Gurian are in studio to talk about Colin's one man show and his comedy career. The show has some infighting about mistakes that were made on the show and a bit that Fez wanted to do. We then end the show with Chris Stanley having some suspicions about a news story.
Bob talks with Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist, the husband and wife musicians from the band Over the Rhine. In a brand new interview, they'll discuss the holiday-inspired music from their latest CD titled Blood Oranges in the Snow. It's a concoction they call "Reality Christmas Music." Then, we continue our own holiday tradition with Anthony DeCurtis, contributing editor for Rolling Stone. Just in time for your last minute gift shopping needs, he’ll share a list of his favorite music of 2014.
Part one of a multi-part series with distinguished actors, directors, writers, composers, and special effects mavens examining the history of the horror, fantasy, and science fiction films from the groundbreaking silent 1920s through the Golden Age of Universal, the Silver Age of Hammer and up through the 1980s and beyond. The Golden Age chapter covers the silent classics of Lon Chaney, to the great Universal Studios monsters of the 30s and 40s.
Part three of a multi-part series with distinguished actors, directors, writers, composers, and special effects mavens examining the history of the horror, fantasy, and science fiction films from the groundbreaking silent 1920s through the Golden Age of Universal, the Silver Age of Hammer and up through the 1980s and beyond.
New World Order: The Conspiracy to Rule Your Mind chronicles how the ruling elite have established global domination and the ability to effect the thoughts, decisions, and world view of human beings across the globe by systematically infiltrating the media, academia, industry, military, and political factions under the guise of upholding democracy.
Atlantis - legend, myth, or the most important missing piece of human history? For over 2000 years mankind has grappled with the question - what was Atlantis? From great sea power of ancient times to idealistic utopia, from Nazi propaganda fodder, to home of the ancient aliens, the full weight of human imagination has been brought to bear on the mystery that is Atlantis. First mentioned by Plato, Atlantis was an island said to have existed in the Atlantic Ocean west of Gibraltar and to have sunk beneath the sea.
Adolf Hitler and hundreds of high ranking Nazis escaped to South America at the end of World War II. New evidence suggests that the Allied governments knew he was still alive and helped conceal the truth that he was living in Argentina with his wife, Eva Braun Hitler. Based on the best-selling book, Hitler in Argentina by Harry Cooper, a renowned WWII expert and researcher who uncovered little known information on the escape of not only Adolf and Eva, but also Martin Bormann, Josef Mengele, Adolf Eichmann, Klaus Barbie, the notorious "Butcher of Lyon", and others.
Part two of a multi-part series with distinguished actors, directors, writers, composers, and special effects mavens examining the history of the horror, fantasy, and science fiction films from the groundbreaking silent 1920s through the Golden Age of Universal, the Silver Age of Hammer and up through the 1980s and beyond. Mutants, Space Invaders and Drive-Ins takes you into the 1950s and the Golden Age of Sci-Fi films.
A BBC Radio six-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman's best-selling novel, starring James McAvoy as Richard and Natalie Dormer as Door. Beneath the streets of London there is another London. A subterranean labyrinth of sewers and abandoned tube stations. A somewhere that is Neverwhere....
An exhilarating journey into the mind and spirit of a remarkable man, a legendary teacher, and a masterful storyteller, conducted by TV journalist Bill Moyers for their acclaimed PBS series.
"A series that changed my life"
Bilbo Baggins, a gentle hobbit who loves the comforts of home, reluctantly joins a company of dwarves on a journey to recover plundered gold from a fierce dragon. It's a tale of high adventure and astonishing courage, and a magical prelude to the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
"Many years of enjoyment"
A Special Edition of the original radio series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1978 and recently voted the Nation's Favourite Audiobook in a Guardian poll. Starring Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Mark Wing-Davey, Susan Sheridan and Stephen Moore, these six episodes (Fit the First to Fit the Sixth) have been remastered to modern-day standards by Dirk Maggs, and for the first time feature Philip Pope's arrangement of the familiar theme tune.
"Difficult to listen to in the car!"
Orson Welles' dramatic anthology series Mercury Theatre on the Air, infamous for its Halloween broadcast of War of the Worlds, found a sponsor and became Campbell Playhouse in December 1938. The program continued to feature the charismatic and fiery Welles as both a host and an actor. The great Lionel Barrymore portrayed Ebenezer Scrooge in Campbell Playhouse's annual performance of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
This landmark production, perhaps the most ambitious radio project ever attempted, began when Star Wars creator George Lucas donated the story rights to an NPR affiliate. Writer Brian Daley adapted the film's highly visual script to the special demands and unique possibilities of radio, creating a more richly textured tale with greater emphasis on character development.
"Beyond the film..."
This week on Car Talk, we pay tribute to our beloved brother, friend, and co-host, Tom Magliozzi, who passed away Monday, November 3rd. You'll hear many of our favorite moments featuring Tom the consummate radio professional, Tom the philosopher king, Tom the storyteller, and ultimately Tom, the guy who enjoyed nothing more than to sit with his brother and all of you listeners for an hour a week, laughing his butt off. This special edition of the show will be hosted by Ray. We'll be listening, and we hope you will, too.
Between 1980 and 1988 on BBC television and radio, the exploits of the Rt Hon Jim Hacker MP (Paul Eddington) - later Prime Minister - kept the British nation enthralled. Helped - and hampered - by his diligent Permanent Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby (Nigel Hawthorne) and his Principle Private Secretary Bernard Woolley (Derek Fowlds), Hacker and his department became synonymous with government bureaucracy and administrative double dealing.
"Does this work as an audiobook? Yes, Minister ..."
For Army Reserve soldier Michael Cross, the world as he knows it ends in an instant. One minute he’s in college, and the next rioters are roaming the highway around him, breaking into cars and literally tearing people apart. This is the day the dead walk. This is the world of We’re Alive.
"my weekly addiction"
Felicity Jones, David Tennant and Benedict Cumberbatch star in BBC Radio 4's full-cast dramatisation of the novel by Jane Austen, one of the great English classics. Seeking a position in society, young Fanny Price goes to live with her rich aunt and uncle. But her life there is not as she might wish. Felicity Jones plays Fanny, whilst David Tennant is her cousin Tom and Benedict Cumberbatch his brother Edmund.
A Special Edition of the original radio series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1978 and recently voted the Nation's Favourite Audiobook in a Guardian poll.
Starring Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Mark Wing-Davey, Susan Sheridan and Stephen Moore, these six episodes (Fit the First to Fit the Sixth) have been remastered to modern-day standards by Dirk Maggs, and for the first time feature Philip Pope's arrangement of the familiar theme tune.
"Possible Reason For Some Low Ratings"
John Finnemore (Dead Ringers & Mitchell & Webb) has written this brilliant new sitcom starring Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam & Benedict Cumberbatch. Cabin Pressure is set in a small airline business. The flipside of the glamorous world of international airlines.
"Fly away on MJN air with these lovable characters-"
Mickey is startled to find a statue of Rose in a museum; a statue that is 2,000 years old. The Doctor realises that this means the TARDIS will shortly take them to Ancient Rome, but when it does, he and Rose soon have more on their minds than sculpture.
"Be Careful What You Wish For"
In this delightful tale, an Eastern Prince arrives in England with some family jewels which he’s having reset as a gift for his fiancée. However, the Prince also has a mistress; she asks to wear one particularly enchanting piece that features a huge ruby, and then promptly disappears with it. Poirot discovers a connection with a house party at the home of Colonel and Mrs Lacey, and in order to pursue his investigation an invitation is procured for him to the Laceys’.
"Well done production"
Everyone loves a bedtime story. And here are eight of the best from BBC Radio 4's Book at Bedtime, each with a Christmas theme, written by an array of literature's best-known names. They include Laurie Lee, Charles Dickens, and Hans Christian Andersen - just some of the storytellers included in this collection.
"Charming Christmas Collection"
Legions of fans know Opie & Anthony as the kings of "cringe radio," who dominate an expanding media empire. Since October 2004, their unique humor has been the centerpiece of High Voltage, the channel XM Satellite Radio created especially for them. Then, in April 2006, they took over the key morning drive slot on seven CBS Radio stations. Audible's Opie & Anthony subscription delivers both shows in one hilarious package!
"Ramon, bring me a spoiled family photo"
In this Christmas special 'Molokai' - It's Christmas morning, but when Carolyn schedules an extra stop-off to the Hawaiian island of Molokai, Arthur has just seven minutes to celebrate Christmas. Stephanie Cole, Benedict Cumberbatch & Roger Allam star in the second series of the hit sitcom about the tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult.
"Funny, funny, funny!"
Stephanie Cole, Benedict Cumberbatch & Roger Allam star in the fourth series of the hit sitcom about the tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult. By John Finnemore (The News Quiz, Mitchell & Webb).
"Laugh out loud"
Stephanie Cole ("Doc Martin"), Benedict Cumberbatch and Roger Allam ("The Thick Of It") star in the complete second series of the hit sitcom about the pilots of a tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult.
Stephanie Cole, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Roger Allam star in the first series of the hit sitcom about the tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult.
Today's most acclaimed film directors reveal intimate behind-the-scenes details of their most influential work and their unique approaches to their art. In the companion to the Silver Plaque-winning Starz/Encore documentary series, this book offers interviews with 13 top filmmakers. Contains each director's filmography, complete listings of major awards, and cast credits for all films discussed.
In a visual culture such as ours, movies represent a compelling and surprisingly effective vehicle for ethical reflection. Through the stories that unfold on the big screen - everything from The Wizard of Oz to the Bourne trilogy - viewers can gain profound insights into the moral dimension of their own lives. By a close analysis of a variety of popular movies, foreign films, and documentaries
Family Guy and Philosophy brings together low-brow, potty-mouthed, cartoon humor and high-brow philosophical reflection to deliver an outrageously hilarious and clever exploration of one of TVs most unrelenting families. (Okay, its not that high-brow.)