Friday, April 20, 2018

148 Bad Boys and 2 Empty Seats - Video of the Day

 VIDEO OF THE DAY 

This is one great stunt and actually a life lesson to boot. (From YesFunnyYes)

This Day in Pop Culture for April 20

Danica Patrick won the Indy Japan 300 on April 20, 2008.

A Woman Wins an Indy Race

Dominated by men in the sport of car racing, 26-year-old Danica Patrick won the Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Monteigi in Montegi, Japan on this day in 2008. The event made her the first female winner in IndyCar racing history. Patrick became interested in racing as a young girl and moved to England when she was a teenager to find better training for the sport. In 2002, she returned to the states and began driving for the Rahal Letterman Racing Team, owned by Bobby Rahal and David Letterman. Her first Indy 500 event took place on May 29, 2005 where she was the fourth female driver ever to compete in that race which has been in existence since 1911.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

When John C. Maxwell Went Off the Rails - Video of the Day

 VIDEO OF THE DAY 

This video is really old, but I just discovered it. It's John C. Maxwell trying desperately to start his sermon. Wait until you hear the sermon's topic.

This Day in Pop Culture for April 19

"Love Will Keep Us Together" was released on April 19, 1975.

“Love Will Keep Us Together” Released

On this day in 1975, America heard the lyrics of “Love Will Keep Us Together” by Toni Tennille and Daryl Dragon, aka The Captain the Tennille for the first time. The couple married in November of that year and became one of the most successful husband/wife musical duos. The couple produced seven top 10 singles in the next five years with themes about love, marriage and even, gasp, marital sex. Their most recent album, ICON, was released in 2013. For years, no one would doubt that the pair were a happy couple. Unfortunately, on January 16, 2016, Tennille filed for divorce from the Captain after 39 years of marriage! No more "muskrat love" for these two apparently.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

‘America Inside Out with Katie Couric’ Explores Muslims in America Tonight

Review of the TV series, "America Inside Out with Katie Couric.
Aasif Mandvi and Katie Couric talk on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. 
(National Geographic/Rebecca Hale)

 TV SERIES REVIEW 

Sometimes, watching fictional entertainment on TV is like eating dessert while watching a non-fictional show can feel like eating vegetables. National Geographic’s America Inside Out with Katie Couric is one of those newsy, educationial-ish shows that is above par in that it only not educates but does so in a fairly light manner. This is largely due to Couric’s charm while remaining professional at all times. While it can’t be confirmed by watching tonight’s episode, I suspect that she treats everyone she meets with respect and an open mind.

Airing on National Geographic Channel, America Inside Out’s episode, “The Muslim Next Door” focuses on the difficult subject of race and religious relations with those of the Muslim faith. While the U.S. has been home to many people who practice the Muslim religion for many years, things have never really been the same since the September 11th attack in 2001. Couric begins the episode lightly by talking to comedian Aasif Mandvi about the trials of Muslim Americans including a proposed travel ban and rhetoric that President Trump offers which seems to only cloud the issue. She then travels to a Muslin community in Raleigh, North Carolina which was a scene of a hate crime that involved a young model. The episode continues with Couric visiting a Muslim mosque where a couple of Christian protesters had planted themselves outside. With the help of Couric, these two end up having a meaning conversation with the church members and walk away with a better understanding of who their neighbors really are.

Other stories crammed in the 60 minute broadcast include Couric talking to a Muslim hip-hop artist, an Olympic medalist and tech entrepreneur; and tells the story of a doctor in a rural Minnesota town who takes it upon himself to fight the misunderstanding that has subjected his children and wife to bullying. Discussions also rise about what the Muslim religion actually teaches it adherents.

While promoting the fact that not all Muslims are terrorists, Couric doesn’t shy away from talking about real concerns that many of Americans have and balances “fears with fairness” while showing what it is like to be Muslim in America. It is definitely worth watching.

Other episodes coming in the coming weeks include talking about the role of women, being PC correct, re-writing history, the fear that some white people have of losing control and how everyday technology is affecting our lives. While not exactly dessert, this is one show that I look forward to watching all of the episodes.

America Inside Out with Katie Couric airs on Wednesdays on National Geographic Channel. Check your local listings for the exact times.

The Kingdom is Falling in New 'Jurassic World' Trailer - Video of the Day

 VIDEO OF THE DAY 

Personally I think Universal is giving away too much in this trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, but that won't keep me from seeing it. How about you? It comes to theaters on June 22, 2018.

This Day in Pop Culture for April 18

The first crossword puzzle book was published on April 18, 1924.

The First Crossword Puzzle Book is Published

Although crossword puzzles had arrived a few years earlier in 1913 in the pages of the New York World, it wasn’t until this day in 1924 when Simon & Schuster published the first book of the addicting craze. The story is that Richard Simon’s aunt asked him if there were any books about the puzzles that she could give to a friend. When he discovered that there wasn’t, he and M. Lincoln Schuster printed the first one. The very  first book came with a pencil and to this day, Simon & Schuster are still the company to beat in the publishing world of crossword puzzle books.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Many Posters of Avengers: Infinity War

(Marvel Studios)

 MOVIES 

Ten years of Marvel Studios films, beginning with Iron-Man, have led up to this moment: a giant who’s who of super heroes battling together to save the world. Here are the many character posters created for this super-sized hero showdown that is Avengers: Infinity War which opens in theaters on April 27.

Avengers: Infinity War stars (in no particular order): Karen Gillan (Nebula), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Tom Holland (Spider-Man), Chadwick Boseman (Black Panter), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Josh Brolin (Thanos), Sebastian Stan (White Wolf), Pom Klementieff (Mantis), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Robert Downey Jr. (Iron-Man), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Chris Pratt (Star-Lord), Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Strange), Vin Diesel (Groot), Letitia Wright (Shuri), Idris Elba (Heimdall), Danai Guria (Okoye), Paul Bettany (Vision), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Dave Bautista (Drax), Paul Rudd (Ant-Man), Bradley Cooper (Rocket), Jon Favreau (Happy Hogan), Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts), Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk), Angela Bassett (Ramonda), Sean Gunn (also rocket), Winston Duke (M’Baku), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Benedict Wong (Wong), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Florence Kasumba (Ayo) and Terry Notary (Teen Groot).
Falcon, Shuri, Black Panther and Okoye (Marvel Studios)