Good News Friday: “The Americans” is back, and it’s STILL best show on TV. H.S. kids destroy Bill O’Reilly. And a website that plays the music of your life

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And a happy Friday to you all. It’s cold and snowy and slushy here in NYC, and I stepped in 11 puddles in about four blocks today but hey, it’s Friday and the Super Bowl’s here which means lots of good commercials and maybe even some real, fully-inflated footballs will be thrown around.

First up on Good News Friday I must, must, must talk about the best show on television, which returned for its third season on Wednesday night.

I’ve been banging the drum for this incredible drama since it started; the tale of Philip and Elizabeth Jennings, appearing to live life as a normal American couple in 1982 but in actuality being undercover KGB operatives is brilliantly written, acted and directed.

Season 1 was terrific, Season 2 was sensational, as Philip and Elizabeth (played by Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell) saw the stakes get raised in their family life, and in their “professional” lives.

I cannot stress enough how good this show is, so good you are almost rooting for the Russians in the Cold War. This season’s storyline, about the Soviets wanting Philip and Elizabeth to finally tell their teenage daughter who they really are, and then begin training her as a spy, looks great. The season premiere was fantastic, totally sucking me back in. (Of course being a child of the ’80s I love the constant pop-culture references; this week we got a reference to Frusen-Gladje ice cream!)

“The Americans,” on FX network. Wednesdays at 10. It’s the best show on television, bar none. So happy it’s back.

**Next up, this was on Daily Kos the other day and, as loyal reader Sanford put it, gives me hope for the future of America.

Last summer Bill O’Reilly and his hatchet-man producer went to Bennington, Vermont and put together a hit-piece on how liberal and “out of touch” Vermont is compared to the rest of America.

But they made so many mistakes, factual, ethical, etc., that students from Mount Anthony High School in Bennington decided to do a rebuttal video, pointing out all the errors O’Reilly and Co. made, in a wonderful example of actual journalism.

Killer quotes at the end: “Based on our studies about the field of journalism, we have determined that you’re not practicing journalism. You’re practicing rank propaganda.” […]

“By watching Fox News, we have learned buckets about journalism – what to do and, more importantly, what never to do. It is our hope that Fox News can learn the very same from watching us.”

The good part starts around the 1:30 mark.

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**Finally today, saw this on Twitter Thursday and it made me smile (and sucked up about 20 minutes of my life, but it was totally worth it.)

A website called RetroJ.am asks you to enter in your date of birth, and then proceeds to catalog the music of your childhood.

Using Spotify’s technology, it gives you the music that was popular and interesting in every year of your childhood (when I was in 4th grade, “Part-Time Lover” by Stevie Wonder was big. Love that song.), and you can even add to it later.

Literally, it’s the music of your life. And it’s fantastic.
Now if you’ll excuse me, “Jack and Diane” is a song 6-year-old me loved, and 39-year-old me does, too.

Check out Retrojam, it’s awesome.

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One response to “Good News Friday: “The Americans” is back, and it’s STILL best show on TV. H.S. kids destroy Bill O’Reilly. And a website that plays the music of your life

  1. Evidently retro jam thinks no one was born before 1950. I was born in 47. I think I lived in the best music era ever. Beatles, Stones, Kinks etc

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