Archives: 2014 February

Archive for February, 2014

The Harold Ramiswarams

As kids, no movie had a bigger impact on my brother and I than Ghostbusters. And no Ghostbusters character meant more to us than Egon Spengler — probably because he was a giant dorkus. Even his name was supremely nerdy sounding. As every eulogy will remind you, Harold Ramis made being a geek look great. But he did a lot more than that. He made movies that perfectly balanced humor with humanity, with pathos. It sucks to discover he spent the last few years of his life in tremendous pain. May he rest in peace. May his lovely stories live forever.

Drunk Fundraising, Vol. 3: Commercial Radio Vs. Public Radio

Here’s Drunk Fundraising, Volume 3, in which On The Media host Brooke Gladstone channels an intoxicating Danielle DiPaolo, who is gently comparing commercial radio to public radio.

Drunk Fundraising, Vol 2: 5,000 Landing Planes

Here’s Drunk Fundraising, Volume 2, in which Studio 360 host (and friend of the Goods), Kurt Andersen, recounts the love Zack Poitras showed for WNYC on one fateful night.

Drunk Fundraising, Vol. I: Next Round’s On You

Public radio pledge drives are the butt of many a joke. They turn listeners away. They upset otherwise mild-mannered people. They maybe even blur some ethical lines. But they work. They work so well a whole crowd-funding industry has cropped-up online based on the model. Would Kickstarter and Indiegogo be around if it weren’t for NPR and its member stations? Maybe, but at least a little credit is due.

Kickstarter and Indiegogo have managed to advance the model in one way public radio hasn’t: young people take note of crowd-funding campaigns online, but by-and-large change the station when they hear public radio pledge drives. In an effort to ensure the youth of today know that public radio membership campaigns are indeed targeting them, we have Drunk Fundraising, produced by Yours Truly and WNYC’s crack digital person, Amy Pearl. It’s a public radio take on the ingenious Drunk History series that recently made the leap from web series to full-blown TV show on Comedy Central. I’ll post another episode each day this week.

In this, the maiden voyage, UCB improv vets Danielle DiPaolo and Zack Poitras discuss their love for public radio, asking ye young folk to consider the merits of membership over martinis (after a few martinis):

Fridays Go Best With Duck Sauce

Black History Month Is Gonna Be Pissed

Mary Carillo Had Some Amazing Beef With Badminton

Mary Carillo isn’t your typical sportscaster, which is what makes her such a pleasure to watch during tennis Opens and Olympics. But just like the rest of us, Mary’s got some demons. And they really show when she discusses badminton, as she does in this video from the 2004 summer games in Greece:

Thanks, Jody!

Only In America

Lovely Theme

(via how did i slip into)

I can say without hyperbole that this is the best thing I’ve ever seen on YouTube, and that previous to viewing it I was only living half a life.

(Okay, hyperbole snuck in.)

It’s Valentine’s Day, and what better way to celebrate than with the Love Theme from Twin Peaks? Remember how those perfect, beautifully insane first 9 episodes of made you feel? The place it created in your mind, the one that never really went away after all these years? Angelo Badalamenti takes us back there for a moment.


Matt Damon

“I thought it was brilliant! I mean, I never understood it, and then I heard an interview with them and they said the puppet came in looking kind of mentally deficient and they didn’t have time to change it, so they just made me someone who could really only say his own name. All the comedy they’re doing is really next-level stuff. Also, I liked being included as a person who was against the Iraq war.”

— Matt Damon, answering a question about his portrayal as a mentally deficient super-celebrity in Team America: World Police during his AMA