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Sunday, April 21 2013

‘Ice Cold Gold’: American Dreams in Greenland

In these globalized times, the American Dream isn't always fulfilled in America. Ice Cold Gold, premiering 21 April, takes eight workers to Storø, Greenland.

Tuesday, April 16 2013

‘Wonder Women: The Untold Story of American Superheroines’

William Marston's Princess Diana, aka Wonder Woman, was the opening salvo of an imagined matriarchal revolution.

Saturday, April 13 2013

‘Louis C.K.: Oh My God’: Ethics and Dyspepsia

C.K.’s dyspeptic view of himself and his fellow humans becomes an avenue to explicating the wonders of daily life.

Tuesday, April 9 2013

‘Frontline: Syria Behind the Lines’: Both Sides Are Right, Both Sides Are Wrong

Both sides of this tragic conflict seem both too aware of how to comport themselves for cameras and also too isolated, unable to imagine a perspective that's not their own.

Thursday, April 4 2013

‘Mad Men: Season 6 Premiere’: Waiting for the Fall

As Mad Men's new season opens, we don't know if Don Draper is alone. We do know, however, that he is due for a fall.

Sunday, March 31 2013

‘Game of Thrones’: Women in Wartime

Cunning and ambitious, with a deep understanding of politics and war, the women of Game of Thrones know how to get what they want.

Shootings Happen: ‘Orphan Black’

Along the lines of Dark Angel meets Alias, BBC America's Orphan Black asks how memory matters, how perception shapes experience, and whether and how and to whom a shooting might happen.

Thursday, March 21 2013

‘Survive and Advance’: Basketball Dreams and Legends

While you may remember Jim Valvano's TV appearances, his players here remember something less visible, the effects he continues to have on those who knew him.

Wednesday, March 20 2013

‘KKK: Beneath the Hood’: Interviews with Today’s Members

Despite KKK members' insistence that they want their organization to be accepted and more favorably represented by mainstream media, they do carry on with one terrifying ritual: cross-burning.

Tuesday, March 19 2013

‘How We Invented the World’: The McNuggetization of History

While How We Invented the World offers enough believe-it-or-not facts to light up a dull dinner conversation, it never explains the links among the Titanic, Luigi Galvani, and Hedi Lamar.

Monday, March 18 2013

‘Bates Motel’: A Boy and His Mother

Bates Motel isn't Hitchcock, and doesn't try to be. But the show does make intelligent use of what you already know about Norman Bates and his mother.

Thursday, March 14 2013

‘Parks and Recreation’: Friends, Free Markets, and First Steps

The imminent demise of the Video Dome begs another, bigger, political question regarding government bailouts.

Monday, March 11 2013

‘Kings Point: A Tale of Love, Loss, and Self-Preservation’

In interviews and observations, the remarkable documentary Kings Point shows individuals struggling with what it means to have friends, missing their families and watching people they know pass on.

Sunday, March 3 2013

‘Red Widow’: Russian Mobsters in the California Burbs

Even though we know that someone's husband has to die in a show called Red Widow, we might still be surprised at how it happens.

‘Vikings’ Is Rather Cheerfully Brutal

Vikings evokes the harsh world the Vikings inhabit and the tensions they embody -- between men and women, earth and sea, wealth and knowledge.

Tuesday, February 26 2013

‘Parade’s End’: A Plum Role for Benedict Cumberbatch

This richly mounted miniseries depicts the fading of Edwardian British propriety with deft strokes and caustic wit.

‘The Mindy Project’: A Day Out

The lesson Mindy learns here is not the obvious one, say, that her fantasy is false. Instead, the episode turns into a broader commentary on such romcom fantasies.

Friday, February 22 2013

The Essence of Rock ‘n’ Roll: ‘American Masters: Sister Rosetta Tharpe’

Seeing recordings of Sister Rosetta Tharpe is genuinely thrilling, and gives you a sense of what Ira Tucker, Jr. means when he says that she "had a one on one with everybody," no matter how large the crowd.

‘Out There’: More Kids in Search of Something

As Chad and Chris mumble about girls and expose their adolescent angst, their families provide some context.

Tuesday, February 19 2013

Explaining the Unexplainable: ‘Frontline: Raising Adam Lanza’

Even sober, non-sensational reports like Raising Adam Lanza must contend with limits.

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