S4TW: Chaplin, TED, Schaal, and the Worst Internet Things Bracket

March 19, 2015

(Welcome to Something for the Weekend.  What follows is a list of some of our shows, some shows that aren’t our shows, and some links from around the Internet that we think you’ll enjoy.  Give them a listen/glance.  Thank you.)

STAR WARS, EPISODE XI: Adolf Hitler and J. Edgar Hoover both hated Charlie Chaplin.  You Must Remember This tells you why.   The Sordidness Tracker reminds you that Madison Square Garden has seen worse things than the Knicks.  Much worse.

KARINA GOES LONG: Longreads has a nice interview with Karina Longworth about YMRT, her film critic past, and why she’s moving to England.  (For those wondering if the “Star Wars” name for her WWII series had another meaning, here’s your answer.)

HOW DOES YOUR BRACKET LOOK: You do not need to be a college basketball fan to enjoy Jon Bois’ Worst Internet Things Bracket.  I really like People Who Threaten to Unfollow Celebrities out of the West Region.

BUZZER BEATERS: You do not need to be any kind of basketball fan to enjoy this story about Valparaiso, Indiana.  But it wouldn’t hurt.

THIS WEEK IN THE FRAME: Our new daily show covered Lebowski Fest, “The Jinx” repercussions, and Apple’s attempt to court cord cutters.

THIS WEEK IN TBTL: Our not-quite-as-new-but-still-pretty-new daily show spoke with Last Man On Earth’s Kristen Schaal and a listener who is creating a podcast about TBTL.  If anyone wants to do a podcast about that podcast, let us know.

SECRETS: The Unfictional podcast explored the big secret of sci-fi author James Tiptree, Jr.

OF COURSE IT WAS IN PORTLAND: On A Tiny Sense Of Accomplishment, Sherman Alexie talks about the time he ran into Daniel “Lemony Snicket” Handler at the bookstore.

“WALL STREET”: No new Life of the Law until next week, but LOTL did take part in this year’s TED conference with a story about Curtis “Wall Street” Carroll, who is probably the best finance guy you’re going to find at San Quentin State Prison.

THE WOMAN WHO THOUGHT FARGO WAS REAL: True crime enthusiasts, dig in.

NOT EASY BEIN’ GREEN: If you’re a fan of Kermit the Frog and/or Madonna (in other words, everyone reading this), this installment of The Soundtrack Series is for you.

KAZAAM: Comedian, Parks and Rec writer, and NBA fan Joe Mande is John Moe’s Home Dunk guest, and they discuss the finer points of Kevin Durant and Shaquille O’Neal’s filmography.  Which means they talk about Kazaam.  Which means I post this:

(Shaq’s Kazaam co-star ended up playing Weevil on Veronica Mars.  Figured you would want to know this if you didn’t already.)