Category Archives: television

Cat Watch 2014

by Greg Mayer The BBC has been running a new series Cat Watch 2014, which started on October 7. There are three episodes, all of which have had their first run, but there are still re-broadcasts and the full episodes are available online in the UK. They are not, unfortunately, available in the US, so […]

Colbert on Jindal: A black mark on Brown University

by Greg Mayer On Monday night’s episode of his show, Stephen Colbert sarcastically endorsed Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal in the 2016 presidential race, lauding him as a “down-home guy who’s learned to stop learning.” Jindal is best known for his disastrous 2009 response to Obama’s address to Congress, and his pushing of creationism in Louisiana […]

The good news and the bad news

While watching the evening newscast, I heard some good news and some bad news. Bad news first: a quote from P.M. David Cameron on the brutal beheading by ISIS of British aid worker David Haines (quote verified in The Daily News): “They [ISIS] boast of their brutality. They claim to do this in the name of […]

A tw**t

Well, I’m in a hotel with cable t.v., and I have a choice of watching one of elebenty gazillion channels or reading Carol Tavris and Eliot Aronson’s book Mistakes Were Made (but not by me), about people’s failure to recognize their biases and the ways they resolve cognitive dissonance. I’m halfway through it and it’s very good: a PCC […]

“Your Inner Fish”– TV version– has begun

by Greg Mayer Jerry noted in February that friend-of-the-site Neil Shubin will be presenting a three-part series on PBS this month based on his bestselling Your Inner Fish. The series began this past Wednesday; I was unable to see the whole episode (because at the same time I was writing an exam I had to […]

Creation/evolution documentary airs tonight on U.S. television

Reader Joyce called my attention to Neil Genzlinger’s review in the New York Times  of a t.v. show that will be shown tonight on HBO (Home Box Office). I present the review in its bizarre entirety: “Questioning Darwin,” a documentary on Monday night on HBO, starts out with a refreshingly unusual approach to a polarizing subject, then […]

Upcoming HBO documentary on antievolutionism

Reader Jonathan informs me that there will be a television documentary, “Questioning Darwin,” on the HBO (“Home Box Office”) Channel on Monday, February 10 at 9PM. It’s not clear to me whether this is only a one-part show (I think that’s the case), nor what tenor it takes, but, as the only living American who doesn’t […]

David Nelson died (UPDATE: in 2011!)

UPDATE: Well, I screwed up big time with this one: David Nelson died on Jan. 11, 2011; exactly three years before the day I wrote this. I have no idea what happened; I can’t even remember if a reader misinformed me, but of course I bear the responsibility for not even looking at the date […]

It is finished

From Ed Brody’s Twi**er feed, via Matthew Cobb, we have a newspaper television listing that Brody labels “spoiler alert”: What about Revelation??

Sitcoms > Mandela

From the Independent, Irish edition: Now what kind of people would not just grumble about that, but make a formal complaint? The sad part is that the BBC had to “explain” itself: BBC News Director James Harding apologised to viewers, but said that Mandela’s passing was of “singular significance”. “The importance of his life and […]


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