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Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Tonight on TDS, Rachel Maddow,  ; and on TCR, Jon Favreau, (former) Director of Speechwriting for President Obama .
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And re: ToatllyBiased!:
Thursday February 28, 2013
Totally Biased Extras: Black Hipstery Month
We’ll be back this spring with more all-new episodes, but in the meantime, we’ll be releasing un-aired clips and deleted scenes from the “Totally Biased” archives every week! As February comes to a close, check out some more Great Moments in Black Hipstery alongside the first Great Moment you already saw during the show…
And in assorted otherness:


The Daily Show
Mon
2/25

Donnie Wahlberg, "Boston's Finest" Docu-series on TNT
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wikipedia
TNT show site
TNT PR material
There’s Still Hope For Boston Reality TV: Wahlberg Releases New Clip of Cop Docu-Drama
Variety 'Boston's Finest' Doesn't Bring Much New to Beat
Donnie Wahlberg Premieres ‘Boston’s Finest’
The NKOTBer proudly debuted his TV show about Boston police officers yesterday in downtown Boston. The documentary series will air on TNT next Wednesday.

'Boston's Finest' TV Show: Just a Police PR Stunt?
Tues
2/26

Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush,  directors of "A Place at the Table" (2013), a documentary about hunger in the United States.
Kristi twitter
Lori twitter
@PlaceAtTheTable
@tomcolicchio is. coincidentally, involved in all this
Catalyst Films site
movie/info/action site
2012 Sundance "meet the artists" video
RottenTomatoes
imdb
wikipedia
filmjournal One nation, underfed: 'A Place at the Table' warns that food crisis puts millions of children at risk
Slant review Notable:
A Place at the Table's proposed solution is relatively simple: wide government spending and a resurgence in social programs. It argues that in the late '70s, when food-stamp and school-cafeteria programs were properly funded, the problem of hunger was contained. When responsibility was shifted to charities and the private sector in the '80s, hunger rose again. In the wake of this argument, the doc's tone sometimes suggests that the hunger crisis could be solved easily if people just put their minds to it. After all, the U.S. doesn't face a shortage of food, but inequality of distribution—not famine but hunger. In other scenes, though, the movie complicates its own optimism. Because there's enough food to feed the whole country, the roots of the hunger crisis lie elsewhere, in murkier class issues. One expert in the film notes that the primary question isn't "Why don't people have enough to eat?," but rather "Why are people poor?" That's certainly a more beguiling question, but also the more honest one, and A Place at the Table is a better movie for asking it.
NPR interview
HollywoodChicago.com interview
Paste review
Weds
2/27
R.J. Cutler's documentary, "The World According to Dick Cheney" (2013) also a Sundance film

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Sundance
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trailer at Indiewire
Variety review Notable:

Dick Cheney's favorite food is spaghetti. Anyone looking for a more profound revelation should probably pass up "The World According to Dick Cheney," a powder-puff profile by helmers R.J. Cutler and Greg Finton likely to be remembered as a great squandered opportunity. Intended audiences, or anyone who's read a newspaper in the past 10 years, will be not only disappointed but actively irritated by the helmers' soft-pedaling of controversy, recycling of old news, failure to challenge their subject on any issue, and rudimentary style. Showtime has it, and there it should languish.
Hollywood Reporter review NOtable:
Critical (though never aggressive) in its script but a pushover in the interviewer's chair, R.J. Cutler and Greg Finton's The World According to Dick Cheney offers a respectable summation of the former vice president's career but reveals little if anything we don't already know...Cheney's critics will have plenty of opportunities to complain of entire subjects untouched here -- his evasion of military service during the Vietnam War, for instance -- but more frustrating is the film's inability to press him on the topics it does raise. If the filmmakers ever pushed Cheney on a well-rehearsed answer, ever challenged a self-serving rationale, that footage is on the cutting-room floor.
Slate review
MovieCityNews.com review Notable:
The first film I saw at Sundance 2013 was a bitter note, a reckless, infuriating piece of work for Showtime, The World According to Dick Cheney, a credulous, shallow, near-hagiography of the former vice president’s decades-long political scheming and proud lying...
The film is fixed on the force of his crude personality and drive to power. The cut-rate melodramatic score is most pronounced during Cheney’s braggadocio about 9/11, and accompanied by a grab bag of archival footage, endorses his perspective, whether intentionally or not. The very fabric of the filmmaking seems to underline and endorse his every pronunciamento. Turning to wars, the film quickly becomes “Zero Dick Thirty.”..His bright-eyed grimace when he offers smug, superior, dismissive, clunkily-formed, unfunny one-liners, is the failed film’s high point. Or, perhaps, its only point. Did I mention that Dick Cheney single-handedly saved America and we ought to be grateful for all his fateful acts? History awaits a skeptical portrait.
"local boy does good' article about the composer of that score
Paste review notable:
There are all sorts of speculative theories—some of them quite plausible—about the sinister motives behind Dick Cheney’s vice presidency. The World According to Dick Cheney wisely chooses to avoid them, and instead quietly studies his legacy with cold facts...Despite the shortcomings of the interview, the film assembles a portrait of the man’s life...doesn’t offer much surprising information, but it assembles it in a conventional but clear manner that leaves us to ponder a life that changed the country like few others.
But here's a fan
Thurs
2/28

Rachel Maddow
The Colbert Report
Mon
2/25
Simon Garfield
Author, "On The Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks"

SimonGarfield.com
wikipedia
twitter
at guardian.co.uk
npr
pub. site Book description:

Simon Garfield’s Just My Type illuminated the world of fonts and made everyone take a stand on Comic Sans and care about kerning. Now Garfield takes on a subject even dearer to our fanatical human hearts: maps.

Imagine a world without maps. How would we travel? Could we own land? What would men and women argue about in cars? Scientists have even suggested that mapping—not language—is what elevated our prehistoric ancestors from ape-dom. Follow the history of maps from the early explorers’ maps and the awe-inspiring medieval Mappa Mundi to Google Maps and the satellite renderings on our smartphones, Garfield explores the unique way that maps relate and realign our history—and reflect the best and worst of what makes us human.

Featuring a foreword by Dava Sobel and packed with fascinating tales of cartographic intrigue, outsize personalities, and amusing “pocket maps” on an array of subjects from how to fold a map to the strangest maps on the Internet, On the Map is a rich historical tapestry infused with Garfield’s signature narrative flair. Map- obsessives and everyone who loved Just My Type will be lining up to join Garfield on his audacious journey through time and around the globe.

Amazon
goodreads
B&N has Library Journal:
Garfield's best-selling Just My Type (2011) was about typefaces. Now he's done the same for maps. The result is not deep history but it is pleasurable history nonetheless: readers will enjoy this romp through 16,000 years of mapmaking, beginning with a hunter's map found in a cave in northern Spain and proceeding all the way to today's GPS, Google Maps, video games, and Me Mapping. ...the book dispenses a good deal of information in the process: the problems the earth's curvature has posed in its representation, how maps reflect national and cultural biases, how maps have been used to solve problems like the spread of cholera in 1854 London, the technical progress made in mapping. "Maps are only human, after all," quips Garfield... This is popular history but not "history light.
Kirkus
Publisher's Weekly
NYTimes review
Washington Post review
NYJournal of books review
WSJ excerpt
Brainpickings looked at it
Washington Independent Review of Books thought there was maybe a little too much info-dump
Tues
2/26

Theoretical Physicist,  science popularizer Michio Kaku

wikipedia
site
recent interview
Meteors!
Monster solar tsunami!
keynote speaker at the 2013 Robotics Industry Forum
on the Higgs Boson
UFOs!
Doctor Who!
Amazon
B&N
This came up pretty high in the search, actually

Weds
2/27
Paola Antonelli
Curator, Museum of Modern Art
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posts at MOMA blog
MOMA twitter
MOMA.org
MOMA wikipedia
Paola Antonelli wikipedia
her ted.com page
at Wired
about MOMA's video game collection
quoted in article on biodesign
about her upcoming exhibition "Applied Design"
upcoming "NYCxDesign" thing
Thurs
2/28
Jon Favreau
Director of Speechwriting for President Obama

Wikipedia. Disambiguation: not this guy
facebook
about writing the 2nd inaugural address, at HuffPo
LATimes: Jon Favreau, President Obama's head speechwriter, is departing
MSNBC: Farewell to Jon Favreau, Obama’s ‘mind reader’

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