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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

KTRS Tuesday


I'm filling in for John Carney on his 1-3pm CT show at this week. Today, my guests will include:
  • Gerald Marzorati, author of the tennis book, "Late To The Ball";
  • Wieger Wamelink, a scientist who has developed food that will grow on Mars.
Listen over the air, via the station's free smartphone app or via KTRS.com.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Wendy Simmons, "My Holiday In North Korea"


Here's my conversation with Wendy Simmons, author of "My Holiday In North Korea: The Funniest/Worst Place On Earth." It's the true story of her ten-day trip to that country, where she was exposed to a society that's closed off from the rest of the world entirely. I asked her why she went, how regular people there treated her, and whether she was worried about being thrown in jail as a spy. She also explained what the hotels and restaurants are like, what's on TV and radio, and how there's no internet, electricity, running water, or even toilet paper in most of the country.

It's a remarkable story that made me face-palm several times, especially when the North Koreans arranged a "professional" soccer game on a Monday morning and took her to a Thursday afternoon wedding, where she photographed the unhappiest bride and groom I've ever seen. We also talked about what it was like being in Pyongyang when word of the Seth Rogen/James Franco movie "The Interview" made the news.

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Previously on Harris Online...

Alison Flowers, "Exoneree Diaries"


Here's my conversation with Alison Flowers, author of "Exoneree Diaries: The Fight For Innocence, Independence, and Identity." In the book she tells the story of four people who were released from prison (after as long as 20 years) and had to deal with re-entering society. Among the questions I asked Alison:
  • Is there a thread connecting the exonerees?
  • What did you learn about the unreliability of eyewitness testimony?
  • How do these people put their lives back together, get a job, and deal with technology that didn't exist when they were sent away?
  • How did Kristine Bunch, who got pregnant while awaiting trial for arson-murder she didn’t commit, bond with her son, who was a teenager by the time she got out?
  • How many wrongfully convicted people get released each year?
  • How much is money a factor?
  • Do exonerees have any legal recourse against the prosecutors and police who put them away?
  • Did they get anything from the state?
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Previously on Harris Online...

Rick Newman Explains Brexit

Now that we've had a couple of days to let Brexit sink in, there are still lots of questions, so I called on Rick Newman of Yahoo Finance to answer some of them:

  • Is it a good idea to let the public vote on complex economic issues like this?
  • What will the impact of Brexit be on our economy, stock market, and presidential election?
  • How much of the "leave" vote was driven less by economic concerns than anti-immigrant issues?
  • Will a petition-signing campaign be enough to force another vote?
  • How should Americans with money in the stock market react to the small-percentage dips of the last 2 days?
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In addition to his columns for Yahoo Finance, Rick Newman is the author of "Liberty For All: A Manifesto for Reclaiming Financial and Political Freedom.

Previously on Harris Online...

KTRS Monday


I'm filling in for John Carney on his 1-3pm CT show at this week. Today, my guests will include:
  • Rick Newman of Yahoo Finance on the fallout from Britain leaving the European Union;
  • Alison Flowers, author of "Exoneree Diaries: The Fight for Innocence, Independence, and Identity";
  • Wendy Simmons, author of "My Holiday in North Korea: The Funniest/Worst Place On Earth";
  • Graham Dugoni, founder of Yondr, the pouch that helps make phone-free events possible.
Listen over the air, via the station's free smartphone app or via KTRS.com.

Movie Review: The Shallows


It has been 41 years since "Jaws" scared people out of the ocean and became the first summer blockbuster. Since then, there have been a few other shark-attack movies (including three lame "Jaws" sequels), but none of them have been worth your time -- until "The Shallows."

It stars Blake Lively as Nancy, a woman who goes to a very secluded beach in Mexico to surf. The only other humans she meets in the water are two young guys who explain the geography of the surroundings. The three of them ride some big waves for awhile before the men head in and call it a day, but Nancy wants to get one more good wave.

Once they're gone, she's completely alone, or thinks she is until a great white shark makes it presence known by knocking her off her board and sinking its teeth into her leg. She gets away, but the battle is on, and Nancy has to figure out a way to get out of there without being eaten by the giant killing machine. She climbs up onto one of the rocks protruding from the water, but she knows that when the tide comes in, that rock will become submerged again, exposing her to the shark.

What makes this different from "Jaws" is that Spielberg's classic had a lot of setup before Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, and Robert Shaw took on the shark in deep ocean waters (they really needed a bigger boat). In "The Shallows," Nancy is only 200 yards from shore and alone. That means Lively has virtually no supporting cast, but she goes a very good job carrying the bulk of the movie. The direction by Jaume Collet-Serra keeps us focused on her point of view as she deals with this life-threatening situation.

My only real complaint about "The Shallows" is that, while in the jungle on the way to the very secluded beach, and then on the sand before she gets in the water, Nancy has no trouble getting a perfect cell phone signal. She even makes a video call to her sister. I can't do that from some corners of my own house, but it's become standard procedure in movies and television shows for characters to never have that problem (even in elevators and tunnels). It's disappointing because the rest of the movie is rooted in the reality of Nancy's story.

"The Shallows" runs a tight 85 minutes, and though it won't have anywhere near the impact of "Jaws," it will make a lot of beachgoers think twice before diving into the waves this summer.

I give it an 8 out of 10.

Note: At the screening I attended, some parents brought children under 10 years old, probably thinking they were going to see "Finding Dory." But this water adventure is far too scary -- there are at least two moments that made all of us jump out of our seats -- for kids that age, who are probably still having nightmares about it. There's a reason it's rated PG-13.

Note #2: Nice timing by the studio to release "The Shallows" just as Discovery Channel begins its annual "Shark Week" programming.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Legally Frustrated

Amy Schumer didn't air this on her Comedy Central show, but after the continuing inaction by Congress on gun legislation, she released it...

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Showbiz Show 6/24/16


This week on the showbiz segment of my show, Colin Jeffrey and I reviewed "Independence Day: Resurgence" and Blake Lively in "The Shallows." We also discussed three TV shows airing Sunday night: Showtime's new Cameron Crowe series "Roadies"; ABC's Sunday night game show block (Feud/Pyramid/Match Game); and the season finale of "Game Of Thrones."

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Harris Challenge 6/24/16

On this edition of my Harris Challenge -- the most fun you can have with your radio on -- the trivia categories include It All Starts With EU and You're Leaving Us? We're Leaving You! Listen and play along, then click here to subscribe to these podcasts via iTunes!

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Knuckleheads In The News® 6/24/16


This edition of Knuckleheads In The News® includes stories about a badly placed ankle bracelet, a girl stuck in Barney's head, and an imposter's driving test. Listen, then click here to subscribe to these podcasts via iTunes!

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Friday, June 24, 2016

KTRS Friday


I'll be back on my 3-6pm CT show at KTRS today. Along the way, Colin Jeffrey and I will review "The Shallows," "Independence Day: Resurgence," and other movie/showbiz news. Of course, you'll get another opportunity to play my Harris Challenge, and I'l have a brand new batch of Knuckleheads In The News®. Listen over the air, via the station's free smartphone app or via KTRS.com.

By the way, I'll be on the air all next week, doing John Carney's 1-3pm CT show.