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Four on the Fourth

In two days on Independence Day, we Americans will gather around to honor the founding of our country… by blowing stuff up and eating barbecued ribs. And then someone will play that ridiculous Lee Greenwood song. Don’t get me wrong. It’s great fun. But it doesn’t really have much to do with national pride or national heroes. Fortunately, there are some very good miniseries and documentaries to fill in that gap. They pay proper respect to some truly great Americans and some very trying times in American history. Watching them on the 4th of July is a spectacular way to honor your country. Here are four recommendations. Continue reading

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The United States of Television

For better or worse, we Americans love our television shows. They’re an integral part of the American zeitgeist, helping to entertain us and serving as an artifact for future generations to know where we were as a society during specific eras. With the sheer size of the U.S., television also helps develop perceptions (justified or otherwise) about various regions. For instance, if someone were to say “New Jersey” to you, there’s a good chance you’d instantly think of Tony Soprano and his crew. With that in mind, here’s a map of The United States of Television. Continue reading

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