Percy Wollaston's Homesteading tells the devastating story of Eastern Montana homesteaders of the early 20th century, most of whom lost everything in proving that dry-land farming techniques of the time did not work.
Music: "Pastures of Plenty," by Woody Guthrie. Public Domain. Courtesy of Internet Archive.
Alan Jacobson gives "The Treatment" to 2015's near-future apocalyptic film Into the Forest, with Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood. A dark tale set in the dark woods.
Seattle-area instrumental music of the fifties and sixties is the focus of Mr. Neutron's latest foray.
The Lone Reader looks at Dayo Olopade's account of how Africans succeed despite oft-broken social, governmental, and economic systems.
Music: Public domain Kenyan tune
Mr. Neutron looks at the Mods latest, English Tapas, a strange, innovative work, a slightly warped version of music we've heard before.
Starring Claudette Colbert, who appeared in two other Oscar-nominated films in 1939. The script for Midnight was written by Billy Wilder, early in his career. He later wrote and/or directed such masterpieces as Sunset Boulevard, Double Indemnity, and Some Like It Hot.
Seattle free-lance writer Neiwert looks at the roots of the radical right and its effects on mainstream politics.
Music: "Mars", by Gustav Holst
US Air Force Band, public domain
Alan Jacobson treats Hitchcock's overlooked masterpiece Foreign Correspondent.
Sheriff Walt Longmire tracks a murderer whose weapon of choice is an archaic buffalo rifle.
Craig Johnson is 2018's "Everett Reads" author. Everett Reads is an annual celebration of authors, books, and reading.
Music: "Country Cookin'" by Fender Guitar Player.
Featuring Jason Webley and Oliver Elf Army.
Sound effect: 70043_juskiddink_sci-fi-2, from freesound.org
Image of Jason Webley performing in Gdynia, Poland, courtesy of Blueye, via Wikimedia Commons
A sourdough bread starter invades the sterile world of a San Francisco computer programmer and becomes a high-level asset coveted by thieves and parasites. A cutting-edge read.
Music is "Evoked Potentials," by Cage Cabarrett. Used under CC-BY-NC-SA license
Courtesy of Internet Archive
An obscure but skillful 1948 noir, directed by Budd Boetticher, more widely known for his compelling B-Westerns.