"When life gives me lemons, I turn up the stereo" -- Mr. Neutron
Yunte Huang's biography of the real-life Charlie Chan, aka Chang Apana, , a wiry, bullwhip-wielding ex-cowboy, the scourge of criminals in Honolulu's Chinatown.
The Coen Brothers' black comedy Fargo gets The Treatment. Alan Jacobson provides The Treatment.
Mr. Neutron roots through the back of his closet and lets his freak flag fly.
A detailed history of the eruptions of Vesuvius.
The rise and fall of Yoram Globus and Menachem Golan, whose schlocky, campy films changed the face of movie making.
Mr. Neutron mines punk's protest vein.
Mr. Neutron is Ron Averill
Wigmaker Thomas Paine Kydd is is pressed into Nelson's navy during the Napoleanic wars and painfully (and literally) taught the ropes.
A cantankerous department store owner goes undercover as a shoe salesman to hunt of unionizers at his store, but gets involved in their lives instead. This classic screwball comedy stars Jean Arthur, Robert Cummings, and Charles Coburn. (unrated, 1941, 92 min. Director: Sam Wood)
Mr. Neutron marries past and present in his personal tribute to The Monkees upon release of their newest (and probably last) album.
Mr. Neutron is Ron Averill.
The Lone Reader talks about Social Insecurity, by James W. Russell.
This documentary follows three U.S. Olympic table-tennis hopefuls, their training, their families, and their struggles in attaining to top ranks of table tennis.
Mr. Neutron rounds out his series on country music by examining "artists who have dug up the roots of traditional country and bluegrass music and grafted on their own twists and turns."
Featured is the music of Old Crow Medicine Show, Abigail Washburn, and Hank Williams III (Hank3).
Ron Averill is Mr. Neutron
Author and football fan Steve Almond questions his own homage to America's secular religion: Football.
Music: Ignition, by Collision Process
Alan Jacobson treats the best film in the gangster genre since Goodfellas.
"The Treatment" theme music: Factory for My Father, John Benson Quartet
San Fran Interlude, Strobone
In the Crowd, The Years
Director Eileen Simmons talks about goings on at the library.
Music: L'Histoire du Soldat, by Igor Stravinsky
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The Lone Reader; one librarian talks about the books he reads. The Lone Reader looks at Mill Town, Norman H. Clark's magisterial history of early Everett and of the Everett Massacre. Time: 0:02:36 Size: 2.38 Mb Music: "Powerhouse," by Raymond Scott. Courtesy of Internet Archive. Sound effects, from Freesound: Bench Saw Crosscutting, by Benboncan Metal Saw, by qubodup War, gunfight, shooting, etc., by ylearkisto