Journalist, cultural critic, R.E.M. fan for life.

Pod City: 'Mortified,' 'Radiolab,' BuzzFeed’s New Podcast and More Stuff to Hear — Before I heard this podcast, I assumed carousels had been around for maybe a couple centuries, but they have a much more colorful history. Hosts Tracy Wilson and Holly Frey share how carousels developed from a jousting game to an amusement park attraction and tell us the differences between, say, a Coney Island-style carousel and a Philadelphia-style one.

Pod City: ‘Daily Show,’ ‘TLDR,’ and More of the Week’s Best Podcasts — The famous chef stays busy with several restaurants and his TV show, but he also makes sure his sons go to school with full bellies. In this interview, he says that each year he makes a special breakfast menu for them with choices that include an egg sandwich on a toasted English muffin with Fontina and prosciutto and "plain old ordinary crepes with cinnamon sugar and lemon."

Pod City: ‘The Ethicists,’ ‘BackStory,’ and More of the Week's Best Podcasts — Host Aaron Roden chats with the Pearl Jam guitarist about his early days as well as what it was like when the band exploded in the early '90s, opening for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and becoming a must-see act on the Lollapalooza tour.

Pop Culture History Lesson: 'We Are the World' Turns 30 — It's hard to bet on the future, but of this I'm certain: Three decades from now, I'll still know every lyric to "We Are the World." Released 30 years ago this week, the chart-topping charity single occupies at least as much space in my brain as my second-grade teacher (who made our class sing it repeatedly) and my first Sony Walkman (purchased around the time of its release).

Pod City: Highlights from ‘On Being,’ ‘The Moth,’ and More of This Week's Podcasts — This podcast's Oscar recap may be more entertaining than the telecast, though perhaps that's not a lofty compliment. According to Smith, the best part of the Oscars was when Jack Black appeared onscreen, and Smith thinks he should be next in line to host. He added that Oscar nominees should acknowledge they've "already won ...

'The Book of Negroes': TV Review — One of BET's most notable offerings to date Feb. 16-18 at 8 p.m. on BET Aunjanue Ellis, Cuba Gooding Jr., Ben Chaplin, Lyriq Bent, Louis Gossett Jr. Clement Virgo Lawrence Hill As one can imagine, the tragedies depicted in the The Book of Negroes, BET's historical miniseries about an African woman kidnapped and sold into slavery, are almost too numerous to count and difficult to watch.

'The Jack and Triumph Show': TV Review — Though the show has funny moments, it isn't a seamless effort Fridays at 11:30 p.m. on Adult Swim, beginning Feb. 20 Robert Smigel, Jack McBrayer, June Squibb For 18 years, he has been a staple of late-night television. He's recognized almost everywhere he goes, and tonight marks the debut of his very own half-hour sitcom.

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.
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Mar 28, 2015

A+ dinner at @lockelandtable - I just had to try the pig ears. And the mac & cheese. And the bread pudding. And ...

Mar 25, 2015

Thx for the recs, guys - made a res at @lockelandtable and can't wait for those grits (and bananas foster bread pudding, holy moly)...

Mar 25, 2015

Nashville pals: Planning romantic, kid-free bday dinner. Know of a good spot? (Grits + greens on the menu are a plus.)

Mar 21, 2015

my pleasure. :) RT @YourBishop: Road trip. Listening to a mix CD of @whitneymatheson pop candy recommended tunes. Audio heaven. Thx Whit.

Mar 12, 2015

Spotted outside a Nashville antique shop (and in dire need of a good home) ... #whoyagonnacall

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