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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Showbiz Show 10/20/17


This week on the showbiz segment of my show, Max and I reviewed "Only The Brave," "Goodbye Christopher Robin," and "Mark Felt," as well as other movie/showbiz stuff.

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Harris Challenge 10/20/17

This week's Harris Challenge -- the most fun you can have with your radio on! -- includes trivia categories about Snowy Showbiz, People Not As Rich As Bill Gates, and This Day In History.

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Knuckleheads In The News®


This collection of Knuckleheads In The News® stories includes a cake for a cop, a fishy ATM, and a check mark on a bucket list. Listen, then click here to subscribe to these podcasts via iTunes!

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Friday, October 20, 2017

On My Friday Radio Show


I'll be back on KTRS today 3-6pm CT.

In the first hour, I'll talk with Alan Jacobs, author of "How To Think: A Survival Guide For A World At Odds."

In the second hour, Max and I will review new movies "Only The Brave," "Mark Felt," and "Goodbye Christopher Robin," along with other showbiz stuff.

In the third hour, I'll test your topical trivia knowledge with my Harris Challenge, and then share a new batch of Knuckleheads In The News®.

Listen over the air, via the station's free app, or at ktrs.com.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Now You're Just Fucking With Us

No one has ever, or will ever, called me "fashionable," and that's fine with me. I know nothing about fashion, and don't want to. I couldn't care less what the latest trends are in clothing. But every year once in awhile I'll see a photo of some new outfit a designer has presented to the world and think, "who in their right mind would wear that?"

Here's the latest example, as displayed today at Tokyo Fashion Week by a Japanese brand named Thibaut...

[photo by Splash News]

It's one thing to convince customers to buy distressed jeans with holes already in them or (to pick an example from last year) to market jeans with transparent knees -- but it's a whole other thing to come out with a pair of jeans that is nothing more than seams and a waist. Technically, I suppose, the empress has something on, but it just barely qualifies as clothes.

It occurs to me that, rather than paying what I'm sure is a ridiculously inflated price for this nonsense, you could probably make your own pair of thong jeans with any good pair of scissors.

But the only time you can wear them is on Extremely Casual Friday.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Bob Schieffer, "Overload"


Here's my conversation with Bob Schieffer, longtime CBS news anchor/reporter/analyst, about his new book, "Overload: Finding The Truth In Today's Deluge Of News." Among the questions I asked him:
  • Is our current situation proof that more information doesn’t equal better information?
  • Do you consider this a national security issue?
  • Do you know any reporter who made up a story and kept their job?
  • How did you handle it on "Face The Nation" when politicians lied straight to your face?
  • How bad do you believe Russia's role is in the creation and distribution of bogus news stories?
  • What do you think of Trump's attacks on the press?
  • Why can’t the media ignore Trump's tweets as if they were just the kind of nonsense your drunk uncle says at Thanksgiving?
  • Does it bother you that cable news outlets spend all day with panels of pundits, rather than reporting?
  • Is it the responsibility of Facebook and Twitter to reduce the distribution of bogus stories?
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Knuckleheads In The News® 10/16/17


This collection of Knuckleheads In The News® stories includes a fajita thief, a couple in a Porta-Potty, and a man in a ski mask. Listen, then click here to subscribe to these podcasts via iTunes!

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Worth A Link

Can you guess what state a woman who claims she was abducted by aliens is running for Congress from?

On My Monday Radio Show


I'll be back on KTRS today 3-6pm CT. Among my guests will be Bob Schieffer, talking about his book, "Overload: Finding The Truth In Today's Deluge Of News." Listen over the air, via the station's free app, or at ktrs.com.

Movie Review: "Marshall"


When it comes to playing real people on the big screen, Chadwick Boseman is three for three. He captured the stoic nature of Jackie Robinson in "42," unleashed the funk power of James Brown in "Get On Up," and now portrays Thurgood Marshall, a towering figure in American legal history, in "Marshall."

Unlike "Get On Up," "Marshall" doesn't try to tell the full story of the civil rights lawyer who became America's first black Supreme Court justice. Nor does it focus on the big cases he argued before that court, including the landmark 1954 Brown v. Board Of Education case that desegregated schools. Instead, the movie focuses on a case from early in his career, in 1941, when he was the only litigating attorney for the NAACP, which sent him to Bridgeport, Connecticut, to defend a black man charged with the rape and attempted murder of a wealthy white woman.

Because Marshall had not been admitted to the bar in Connecticut, he enlisted the help of a local attorney, Sam Friedman (Josh Gad), who didn't practice criminal law but agreed to make the introduction of Marshall to the court. But when the judge (James Cromwell) insisted that he remain quiet in the courtroom while Friedman acted as the criminal defense lawyer, Marshall had to figure out a way to make the case as a silent partner. Well, partner isn't the right word, because it was clear that Marshall was the lead lawyer with much more experience and legal savvy. As for Friedman, he was rightly wary of the publicity the case would bring because, even though this was Connecticut, there were still enough racists and anti-Semites around to make trouble for both of them.

"Marshall" has echoes of "To Kill A Mockingbird" in its white-woman-black-man sexual assault charge, and in the way it doesn't shy away from the racial hatred just outside the courthouse doors while the drama plays out inside. Veteran director/producer Reginald Hudlin gets good chemistry out of Boseman and Gad as the unlikely legal team. Gad manages to sublimate his silliness as Friedman, and Cromwell is as solid as ever as the judge. Sterling K. Brown is very good as Joseph Spell, the chauffeur and butler charged with the horrible crimes, and Kate Hudson does some of her best work in years as the woman who accuses him.

But the movie belongs to Boseman, who imbues Marshall with cockiness, fearlessness, and intelligence to create a strong portrait of a man who spent his life fighting for the underdog. My only small complaint is that the script takes time away from the legal proceedings to show us some of Marshall's personal life, which does nothing to further the story.

Still, I liked "Marshall" enough to give it an 8 out of 10.