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Pod City: ‘Chive,’ ‘The Frame,’ and More of This Week's Notable Podcasts — Host Karina Longworth continues her "Star Wars" series with another story of a celebrity who worked throughout the World War II era: Lena Horne. Through fascinating archival interviews and anecdotes, we learn about Lena's background and some of the terrible treatment endured inside and outside Hollywood.

'Schitt's Creek': TV Review — Levy and O'Hara steal the show in this promising Canadian comedy Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on Pop TV, beginning Feb. 11 Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Daniel Levy, Annie Murphy, Chris Elliott Eugene Levy and Daniel Levy Whether it's a workplace comedy, teen vampire drama or surreal murder mystery, most TV series set in tiny towns are quick to point out the charm and lovable personalities that can be found there.

Pod City: ‘The Heart,’ ‘Tobolowsky Files’ and More Notable Podcasts — In an emotional interview, Rajee Narinesingh, a transgender woman, talks about how her unhappiness with her appearance and lack of financial resources led her to seek illegal plastic surgery. The procedure left her and many others disfigured and devastated.

Pod City: ‘Gastropod’ and More of This Week’s Best Podcasts — Today's typical American breakfast may include cereal and juice, but that wasn't always the case-and it still isn't true in many parts of the world, where folks chow down on everything from sautéed greens to spicy cabbage in the morning.

The Shorty Awards call for (brief) nominations — It's time for the third annual Shorty Awards, which honor the most outstanding contributors to Twitter and social media. This week the site went live, inviting folks to nominate their favorite Twitter users in dozens of categories. (Nominations are made via tweets, of course.)

Pod City: ‘Invisibilia,’ ‘Secret Skin,’ and More of the Week’s Best Podcasts — The history of women in comics is so dense that Stuff Mom Never Told You delivers it in two sizable chunks this week. The first encompasses early figures like Ormes, who penned a long-running and groundbreaking newspaper strip in the '40s and '50s.

Pod City: ‘Mom on Pop,’ ‘Song Exploder,’ and More of the Week's Best Podcasts — In this pop-culture podcast, A.V. Club senior editor John Teti discusses entertainment with his mother, Bonney Teti. The latest episode focuses on things Bonney is looking forward to in 2015 (like Better Call Saul), but I was particularly intrigued by her vast knowledge of Pez dispensers.

FLASHBACK: Scream Real Loud for Pee-wee Herman's 1988 Christmas Special! — Don't get me wrong: I adore Charlie Brown, Rudolph and the Grinch as much as anyone. But ask me to name my all-time favorite holiday special, and I gotta go with Pee-wee Herman. Broadcast in 1988--in prime time!-- Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas Special had everything we can possibly want in seasonal entertainment: music, merriment, snow ...

How Marc Maron, Dave Holmes, and other podcasters treat mental illness. — Several years ago I found myself trapped beneath a lead blanket of depression. While most of that time passed in a slow, black blur, I still can recall what I'd tell myself each day in an effort to keep going: Your feelings are real. Today I'm healthy and happy, but...

Pod City: ‘Bullseye,’ ‘Patcast’ and More of This Week's Standout Podcasts — The comedian is full of surprises, including the fact that he and his wife share a fondness for stuffed animals, which he'd like to donate to the Smithsonian after he dies. Also in this ep, Thorn gets Chris Rock to list the five greatest rappers of all time.
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Feb 11, 2015

@rdgoldber oh yes - can't decide between tomato and black bean soup!

Feb 05, 2015

Can't wait for this, though this trailer may give away too much! RT @ThePlaylist: Trailer: Hal Hartley's 'Ned Rifle'

Feb 04, 2015

@BIGBUSINESS current project is to get well- very sick w strep throat...

Feb 02, 2015

Students: I'm sick w/strep, so no class tmrw. More info on our course site. Everyone else: Here's Iggy Pop w/a cat.

Jan 31, 2015

Perfect Saturday = one bottomless cup of coffee, about 1,200 words in Helvetica Neue

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