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ESPN: Changing the Way Americans Think About Sports

ESPN changed the course of American sports culture by providing access to national and international events 24 hours per day and cultivating the entertainment potential of sporting events and personalities.

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Caregiving a Damn: Travels through Hell with Love

Were lawmakers to seek a better understanding of the work of the caregiver, health care reform would reflect an economic model that placed altruistic motivation above financial consideration.

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Celluloid Dreams: How to Film a Melody

How do you paint a picture of a melody? How do you tell a story about a D-major-7 chord or a C-minor-melodic scale? How do you make a film about harmonic innovation or the division of a measure into overlapping polyrhythms?

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17 Feb 2010 // 8:59 PM

Pop Gluttony

I am choosy about what I eat, but continue to chow down on an unfettered pop culture diet as the last great excess that won’t kill me.

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There’s a Message in the Music

Hip-hop can, and should, promote the historical and cultural ideals that underscore the value of historical awareness.

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Real Feelings: An Interview with Spiral Stairs

Stealing his drummer's cymbals? Making "Melbournian" music? Reuniting the most beloved indie-rock band of the '90s? All just a day in the life of Scott Kannberg, who recently released his first "solo" album ...

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Another Chance: Fox’s Reboot of DC Comics’ “Human Target”

Primetime TV may prove to be a necessary rescue of a classic DC character.

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15 Feb 2010 // 9:00 PM

When Punk Gains Steam

Steampunk's turn toward the past is more than merely aesthetic. Technology is viewed with a turn-of-the-century sense of wonder that opposes our contemporary tendency to take it for granted. And it is now more pervasive in pop culture than some may realize.

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Is Suda 51 the Alfred Hitchcock of Video Games?

While Suda 51's public persona is one manufactured within the kind of punk sensibility of a Johnny Rotten, it's still as carefully crafted as the celebrity auteurship of Alfred Hitchcock.

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Alice Cooper: Portrait of the Artist as a Burnt-Out Old Man

There was a time when Alice Cooper was critically savaged, virtually ignored by mainstream audiences, and declared passé by us kids. Fortunately, that time quickly passed.

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Parcels from a Patchouli Past: An Interview with Andrew Partridge

With a newly remastered, limited edition presentation of the Dukes of Stratosphear's entire catalog just out, the guiding guru of XTC's alter-ego band discusses the past, the present, and a particularly severe case of 'bad vibes'.

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20 Questions: Katharine McMahon

“When I’m stuck”, historical novelist Katharine McMahon tells PopMatters 20 Questions, “theatre unlocks my brain.”

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The Simpsons, ‘Radio Bart’ Part 2: ‘Ace in the Hole’ and Jessica McCllure

'Radio Bart' may not offer any solutions, but it manages to compress an extraordinary amount of media history, compassion, manipulation and cynicism into a sharp, quick and funny 20-minutes or so.

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Soundscape Mix #2: Valentine’s Day

Love is a dish best served in a buffet. Let everyone have some. Our latest free mixtape features tunes from Echaskech, Fol Chen, Magnetic Fields and many more.

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The Velvet Underground’s Lost Chapter

Putting aside the music, the history of the Velvet Underground is marked not by innovation or inspiration, but by frustration and disappointment.

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11 Feb 2010 // 9:00 PM

Reading Street Literature, Reading America’s Prison System

More than any other contemporary literary genre, Street Lit simultaneously incorporates and critically reflects upon the effects that the US prison complex has on America’s black citizens.

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“I Was a Believer”: An Interview with the Killers

Fresh off the release of an explosive live DVD, the Killers' Dave Keuning talks about the band's humble origins and how his biggest regret is that the group didn't release another debut album.

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10 Feb 2010 // 9:00 PM

Loser!

There will come a time, inevitably, where nearly every fan will find themselves backing a loser.

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Hungry Heart: Maggie Gyllenhaal

The most-recently Oscar-nominated Gyllenhaal talks about why Jeff Bridges is sexy at 60, the dangers of falling for the wrong person and why Sissy Spacek rules.

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A Modern Promethea: Mike Carey and Peter Gross Pen the Unwritten

Story these days is a battlefield, and Mike Carey and Peter Gross are the new generals.

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Learning the Barbarian in 'Conan Exiles'

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"There's no one better than a barbarian to teach you how to become civilized.

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