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Movie to see: Spotlight

After a delicious dinner at GG’s with Adrienne – and sadly, for me, too much red wine, Saturday night called for a mellow, alcohol-free evening.

“Nitehawk?” Katie asked.

“Yes!” I replied.

Nitehawk is a wonderful theater in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Excellent food and cocktails in addition to interesting movies. It’s my favorite place to see a movie these days.

We went to see Spotlight, described by IMDB as “the true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.”

While the subject matter is heavy, heartbreaking stuff, the film finds lighter moments by illustrating the camaraderie among journalists. And the cast, including Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and dreamy Liev Schreiber, is excellent – I’ll be shocked if the film doesn’t get a lot of love during award season.

Via Wikipedia

Pic of my crush Liev via Wikipedia

You have to admit…

Even if you didn’t vote for President Obama, or if you don’t support Hillary, you have to admit

Via Society6 and JasonWYates

The lack of diversity among American presidents is appalling.

There has never been a President of Italian descent, or a President who publicly identified as gay or transgender. We have never had a Jewish President, a female President, a Native American President or an Asian-American President. Every single President has been Christian and just one has been Catholic.

My friend Cherylanne‘s seven year old was stunned to realize that every single American President has been male.

How can we responsibly continue to allow such a narrow segment of the American population to represent all of us?

We can’t.

Instead we have to believe that different perspectives are good for the nation. We have to trust that diversity and inclusion will take us in a positive direction. And obviously, we have to vote.

What made “Serial” work


Interesting take on the unique approach of Serial.

Originally posted on Tommy Tomlinson:

ALERT WARNING ALERT: Spoilers from the last episode of “Serial” below. STOP NOW if you don’t want to know how it ends.

Here’s my Journalism 101 question about “Serial“: If Sarah Koenig had done the exact same reporting without anyone seeing it, and she took what she found to NPR — or most any other publication — would they have published the story?

Probably not.

She didn’t find enough doubt to spring Adnan Syed. She didn’t find enough evidence against the mysterious Jay, or anyone else, to reopen the case of the murder of Hae Min Lee. She said what she believes — “most of the time, I think he didn’t do it” — but in the end, she had to shrug her shoulders.

At most publications, including the ones I’ve worked for, I think most people would’ve stuck her notes in a drawer and moved on.

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More about Serial

Recently I broke some news to Adrienne aka @full_of_moxie over brunch: Adnan of Serial got married – and divorced apparently – in prison.

Then she gave me quite a look when I told her I think Adnan did it.

Things got slightly better when I also said I didn’t think he should have been convicted. But I still might be on Friend Probation; Adrienne didn’t hug me good-bye post-brunch.

Serial wrapped up and I’m left with a sense of “now what?”

Anyway…yes, I’m still thinking about Serial a lot. And I’m not the only one. There’s a content-packed subreddit that would be glad to take a week – or a month – of your free time.

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My twenty questions about @serial

This post contains spoilers so if you aren’t listening to Serial now, but might, stop reading!

It was @courtyforrest who first told me about Serial, the podcast presently sweeping the world. Courtney has made me aware of other good stuff in the past so I tuned in soon after.

I forget what I was doing while simultaneously listening to Serial Episode 1 in which host Sarah Koenig lays out both what Serial will be and the details of a closed case in Baltimore County involving the 1999 murder of high school student Hae Min Lee.

Via Reddit

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Today’s chuckle

Given that my name is Jennifer, I haven’t had too many experiences with Starbucks baristas spelling it wrong. Well, beyond the occasional “Jeniffer.”

This video imagines a more nefarious motivation behind the misspellings (to hilarious effect).

Note: some NSFW language.