Tag Archives: PBS

The Lavender Scare

Before Pride Month is over, I wanted to share a movie review I wrote for a Nashville publication a few weeks back. This new PBS doc examines a lesser-known civil rights struggle from the 1950s that found homosexual federal employees forced out of positions with the government for fear that their sexuality made them vulnerable [...]

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Midnight Visitor Waits

If you follow me on Facebook you might have seen my ornery post last week wherein I linked to an announcement about Leonard Cohen’s new album, and complained about my Nashville music peers constantly celebrating “great” songwriters who shouldn’t even be allowed to mutter Cohen’s name in their prayers. GREAT is a big word, and [...]

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Dick VS Dick

When the Watergate scandal first broke, it didn’t really break at all. Initial notices about the burglary appeared in news papers but TV mostly ignored it. Of course, Woodward and Bernstein famously bit and wouldn’t let go of the story in the Washington Post, but on television Dick Cavett’s entertainment talk show became the unlikely [...]

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Celebrating the 90th birthday of Malcolm X who was born on May 19, 1925, here’s the full PBS documentary Malcolm X: Make it Plain… And for good measure, here’s one of my favorite films of all time… Stay Awake! Please subscribe to my YouTube channel where I archive all of the videos I curate at Insomnia. Click here [...]

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Who Killed the Red Baron

Today we look back on the death of the legendary flying ace, the Red Baron. Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen was the greatest fighter pilot of World War I, adding 80 combat deaths to his credit. However, on his last day of duty, Richtofen was shot down, ending one of the greatest military careers of [...]

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Rod Serling: In the Zone

“My diet consisted chiefly of black coffee and fingernails.” This is how Rod Serling described his days as a young, struggling writer before his big break came when he sold his first teleplay. In the mid-50′s, television was considered to be the “orphan stepchild of radio” according to this PBS American Masters episode illuminating Serling’s [...]

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