Channel Surfing

June 2012

‘Town of Runners’ Premieres on PBS’ Global Voices 17 June

The road for the young Ethiopians in Town of Runners is increasingly difficult, even for these gifted athletes, so encouraged by their community.

The Lip Biting Drama That Is ‘Lip Service’

In typical British-drama fashion, Lip Service, set in Glasgow, gives us a lot more pretty girl skin -- and a lot more shocking punch to the gut -- than the Hollywood-style, pretty pedicured toes storytelling of L Word.

‘Dallas’ Comes to TNT Starting 13 June

Even if you've never seen the Dallas of the 1980s, you know the Dallas of 2012.

‘Last Days of the Arctic’ on PBS’ ‘Global Voices’ Starting 10 June + Photos

After 20 years of taking pictures in Iceland, Alaska, and Greenland, increasingly, Ragnar Alexsson finds himself focused on "the human faces of climate change."

Oscar Nominee ‘Incident in New Baghdad’ on Documentary Channel 8 June

Here Ethan McCord reveals further context for the 2007 incident in Baghdad, meaning his own experience with PTSD, and in particular the official response to his efforts to deal with it.

‘Saving Hope’ Premieres on NBC 7 June

Apparently, the in-between world is full of lens flares.

All the Pieces Matter: Ranking the Seasons of ‘The Wire’

Four years after its conclusion, The Wire continues to top best-of lists across internet sites and print magazines alike. And with each season's unique story arc, each viewer is likely to have favorites. Here is but one humble fan's take on each season of one of the greatest feats in television's history.

‘Tales of the Waria’ on Global Voices starting 3 June

The film doesn’t pretend to resolve the tensions between parents and children, Islam and a transgender experience. It does present them in images that are as compelling as they are revealing.

May 2012

‘What Black Men Think’ on Documentary Channel 29 May

“It’s not just a movie, it’s a movement.” Janks Morton’s What Black Men Think works hard to make good on its claim,

‘Jesse Owens’ Premieres on PBS on 5/1

“You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.” Jesse Owens’ description of running is surely poetic.

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Tricks or Treats? Ten Halloween Blu-rays That May Disrupt Your Life

// Short Ends and Leader

"The best of this stuff'll kill you.

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