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‘Leave It to Beaver’ Is Probably Closer to Real Life for People Today Than Many Would Admit

Leave It to Beaver's problem is not that it no longer fits modern social concerns, but that it does so too blatantly. God forbid a modern hipster should let loose a chuckle and thus irrefutably acknowledge dull suburban ambitions!

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Rebel ‘With’ a Cause: Catching Up with Margaret Cho

Margaret Cho opens up about closeted celebrities and politicians, the lack of Asian American presences in film and television, what it means for her to be a feminist and why President Barack Obama was recently winking at her during a speech at the White House.

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Essential Film Performances - 2010 Edition Part One

PopMatters follows up last year's hugely popular 100 Essential Female and Male Performances feature with 50 additions to the essentials list. We'll unveil a batch each day this week alongside an exclusive interview with one of the actresses on that day's list.

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Ten Reasons to Love Jason Moran

With his new recording Ten, pianist Jason Moran marks a decade of playing by his great Bandwagon trio. Listeners should count themselves lucky.

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Sue Mingus and the Mingus Big Band: Letting Our Children Hear Music

Sue Mingus is legendary not only because of her close association with Charles Mingus, but also for the passionate advocacy with which she guards her husband’s legacy.

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5 Aug 2010 // 10:00 PM

In Defense of Hoarding

Are hoarders as sick as reality TV makes them seem, or have they been conveniently demonized for our consumerist sins?

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Feeding Grapes to Cannibals: Tropicália and the Evolution of Pop

The tropicalists devoured string quartets, Penny Lane horn solos, war marches, Ezra Pound, Stockhausen and Finnegans Wake -- and then regurgitated an anti-nationalist manifesto.

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The Lady in Blue: Patricia Clarkson Romances Cairo

Moving stealthily between gigs in indies and studio films for more than a decade now, Clarkson talks to PopMatters about her newest challenge: top-lining her first-ever romantic lead in IFC's Cairo Time.

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‘One Route for the Whole World to Go On’: An Interview With Balkan Beat Box

As Balkan Beat Box releases their third album, their master of melodies Ori Kaplan talks about writing, recording and where he stands on the 'Balkan Beats' scene.

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4 Aug 2010 // 10:00 PM

Pride and Prejudice

Clinging to the dictum “The personal is political”, and shunning such pesky realities as promiscuity, illness and civil rights, the progenitors of this Cinema Pride DVD have opted to focus simply on storytelling and character development.

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4 Aug 2010 // 10:00 PM

Soundscape Mix #6: Cats

Our new mix features tunes from Jaga Jazzist, Broadcast, Dosh and many more as a free download. So, here's to life, and all the creatures great and small that enrich our days in uncountable ways.

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Confederacy of Bad-Asses #2: The Life of Reilly

From here on in for the next few years, The Punisher would be published exclusively under Marvel’s mature-readers MAX imprint, allowing Ennis to explore the character in a more realistic setting, with more swear words and fewer men in capes.

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Lollapalooza 2010: Opportunity Knocks, Part One

Lollapalooza is one of the biggest music festivals of the summer, but with 100-plus acts on the lineup, not everyone hitting the stage has the name-recognition of a Green Day or a Lady Gaga. In this two-part feature, PopMatters follows one band as it prepares for its first gig at an event that is expected to draw almost 100,000 excited music fans.

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3 Aug 2010 // 9:59 PM

Feeding an Addiction

Call me a romantic, but after watching so much of that wet and messy business, I crave a less-is-more, simpler, sexier rendition of food porn. Instead, of grotesque, I prefer burlesque and have found that the good stuff isn’t on reality TV.

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2 Aug 2010 // 10:00 PM

Playing the Numbers: Gambling in Harlem between the Wars

Those who controlled the numbers game in Harlem possessed a license to print money. And there, of course, was the rub... Desperately outnumbered and outgunned, she used every conceivable stratagem at her disposal.

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You’re Back Already!? An Interview With the Dead Weather’s Alison Mosshart

"We could have waited until after the next the Kills, Queens or White Stripes record, but who knows when that would be?" says the supergroup's front-woman during an in-depth conversation with PopMatters about their latest album Sea of Cowards.

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Jukebox Heroes: A Long Delayed Return to Classic Rock—Which Can Be Pretty Damn Good

Maybe classic rock's most bothersome aspect is that it traffics in arguably one of the most fertile creative periods in rock history, but leaves the impression that most bands never wrote more than three or four songs.

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Captain Jack As a Digital Weapon: Launching ‘Torchwood’ Comic #1

Is Torchwood the true “digital weapon” that can successfully market its stories in any medium—not just TV episodes, but also novels, radio plays, and now a comic book?

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House of the Rising Sun Lamp: Jersey Shore UNCENSORED: Season One

The youth whom I was concerned for regarding this program are not the network’s audience, as I thought, but its stars. Most seem aware that there is a direct relationship between outrageous behavior and screen time.

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Keep Me Away From the Present Tense: An Interview with Librarians

PopMatters spoke with the band’s co-leader, Ryan Hizer, about Morgantown’s surprisingly cool music scene, those fickle things called influences and the band you should really be listening to: Big Ass Manatee.

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