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May 29, 2015

Many American country music fans won’t want to hear this, but your favorite genre of music has long since blown past national borders. Shania Twain? Canadian. Keith Urban? New Zealander. Jo Dee Messina? Boston – American, yes, but not a bastion of country music. And frequent guest of this show Amy Rose?...


May 23, 2015

Apparently, it all comes down to dick pics. When comedian John Oliver went to Russia a few weeks back to talk to NSA document leaker Edward Snowden about how the National Security Administration monitors the flow of data created and transmitted by American residents, the host of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” found...


May 18, 2015

Here’s how I know novelist Cynthia Kraack is a top-flight author: Coming off publication of the final book in her generations-spanning, speculative fiction trilogy Ashwood, she has written a new book that is completely different than what preceded it but maintains echoes of what made the Ashwood series so compelling:...


May 9, 2015

It’s a given that if you’re a fan of something, anything, you’re going to absorb quite a bit of trivial knowledge about it. Best Avenger? The Vision. Worst Avenger? Moondragon. The same is true of whatever fandom you follow, from “Game of Thrones” to “Breaking Bad” and from “Lord of the Rings” to...


May 6, 2015

As a writer and podcast host, I’m a strong believer in protecting my intellectual property rights and exploiting them for every penny that they are worth. That’s how I make my living, quite frankly. And in my line of work, I am always in situations where I am collaborating with artists and photographers....