This post is the first in our Weekend Miscellany series, where we share what our writers have been reading, listening to, or watching. Today we’ll feature Erick and Cameron’s picks, and tomorrow we’ll share Matt and Vincent’s picks.
Erick’s Picks (podcasts and a tortoise):
- NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour: Light hearted, insightful, and interesting discussions on pop culture from the folks at NPR. A nice variety of expertise on all things movies, TV, books, music, theater, and comics. If you have the time, listening to the back catalog will also leave you with a solid Pop Culture to-do list for months.
- Slate Political Gabfest: Slate puts together a number of great podcasts, but this remains my favorite. Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson put together an entertaining weekly podcast on current events in DC and around the political landscape.
- Filmspotting: A long running Chicago-based film podcast, and one of the best out there. A great place to find some under-the-radar films and hear intelligent arguments about the greatness of movies from the past and present.
- Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider: My other favorite movie podcast, and a great complement to Filmspotting. Bayer and Snider tend to review the more popular movies in theaters and take a less ‘Film-school’ approach.
- A story that needs no introduction — about a family finding a pet tortoise after thirty years. (via Treehugger)
- From Investopedia: A brief summary of five movies that bombed at the box office but were critically acclaimed. Critical opinions of some movies have changed over time. Scarface was both a flop commercially and critically when it first came out yet today it is revered as a pioneer in its genre.