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  2. Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner reflects on the show’s legacy

    "I want to end ‘Mad Men,’ as a writer, the way I think the story was told."

     


  3. The tragic price of ivory

    Poachers are killing thousands of African elephants for their tusks. Can the ivory trade be stopped?

     


  4. Your weekly streaming recommendation: Terriers

    For each week in the month of April, we’ll be recommending a binge-watchable TV show you might not have check out yet. This week: Terriers, an FX dramedy about a pair of scruffy PIs.

    One of the great virtues of video-on-demand is the opportunity to devour a TV show that deserved a lot more love when it originally aired. UnlikeFirefly, Arrested Development, or Veronica Mars, there’s virtually no hope for a belated revival of FX’s one-season wonder Terriers — but anyone who makes time for the 13 episodes we did get will be richly rewarded for it.

    Terriers follows a pair of scruffy, unlicensed private investigators attempting to scrape by in a small California beach town. Donal Logue plays Hank Dolworth, a recovering alcoholic who’s mourning the self-inflicted losses of both his career and his marriage; Michael Raymond-James plays Britt Pollack, a onetime criminal who has managed to turn his life around. As the partners fumble and banter their way through the lowest of low-rent cases, they accidentally uncover a larger conspiracy that could threaten everyone and everything around them. It also had one of the best TV theme songs in recent history.

    Terriers is alternately funny, tense, heartbreaking, and as twisty as any classic noir, with two stellar lead performances. Unfortunately, the show’s innate complexity also meant that FX never quite figured how to make it. Even near-universal critical accolades couldn’t attract enough viewers to earn Terriers a second season renewal — which is all the more maddening when you consider that the rise of DVR and video-on-demand platforms might have been enough to earn Terriers a loyal audience and another season if it had premiered just one or two years later.

    Fortunately, Terriers' first season works just fine as a standalone piece of television. The TV landscape is overrun with shows about cops, detectives, and killers, but Terriers stands out by making the dynamics between the characters far more compelling than any crime they’re solving. If you’re intrigued by the idea of a series that captures the beachside noir of Veronica Mars, the thoughtful character work of Mad Men, and the quick, savvy banter of Joss Whedon at his best, do yourself a favor and give Terriers a spin.

     


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  6. How modern capitalism is re-segregating baseball in the 21st century

    Globalization, greed, and costly youth programs have combined to drive black Americans out of the sport

     


  7. Sensationalistic reports about an imminent eruption at Yellowstone distract from the real threats humanity faces

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  8. Today’s podcast gives 3 reasons Rick Santorum has no chance of winning the presidency anytime soon.

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  9. Today is David Bowie’s 66th birthday, and he decided to celebrate by offering a present to his legions of fans: The surprise release of “Where Are We Now?” — Bowie’s first new song in 10 years. 

    With “Where Are We Now?” Bowie may have mounted "the most surprising, perfect, and welcome comeback in rock history," says Neil McCormick at The Telegraph. Give it a listen.

     

  10. A still from the video for Radiohead’s new single ‘Lotus Flower.’ Lovely. Watch the video here.

    Fans and critics are already sending in their reviews of the new album The King of Limbs. Here are a few reactions:

    • Yawn: There are few surprises in this “disappointing” release, says Tim Jonze in The Guardian. The band’s early albums like The Bends, OK Computer, and Kid A “carved out a radical new direction,” and the last album, In Rainbows, was probably their best. While Radiohead is an innovative band with an “unusual” business model, I get the “nagging feeling that The King of Limbs is more like business as usual.”
    • Actually, it’s full of surprises: The band goes in some surprising new directions on this one, and I like it, says Lucy Jones in The Telegraph. Gone is the angst and “existential anxiety” of previous releases. A less electronic, dance-y sound is pervaded with a “laidback, chilled ambience.” All this makes for a veritable “treasure” of an album that puts the “band’s ability to write beguilingly beautiful songs first and… the grit and testosterone on the backseat.”

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