17-53 Segment 1: Making Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

 

Every New Year’s Eve, millions of Americans make resolutions. And most of the time, we struggle to live them out through January. We talk to an expert in the field of habit-making to talk about how we can make our resolutions last all year round.

Guest:

  • MJ Ryan, author, Habit Changers: 81 game-changing mantras to mindfully realize your goals

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17-53 Segment 2: Staying In and Ringing in the New Year

 

Some people don’t always feel up to the hustle and bustle of spending New Year’s Eve out at a big party or a bar. We discuss ways you can make the night a special one without spending a fortune or staying out way too late.

Guest:

  • Tim Federle, author of Gone with the Gin: Cocktails with a Hollywood Twist
  •  Christian DeBenedetti, co-author with Andrea Slonecker of the book, Beer Bites: Tasty recipes and perfect pairings for brew lovers

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Culture Crash 17-53: Dark

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Welcome to Culture Crash, where we examine american culture. What’s new and old in books, film, and entertainment.

Foreign language media is not most of our bread-and-butter. Every year at the Oscars or Emmys, most of us watch the reel of movies or shows from other countries unaware of any of the titles flashing across the screen.

Netflix is trying to change that, at least slightly, with their latest blockbuster series, “Dark.”

“Dark” is a fascinating sci-fi mind-bender.  It is probably misserved a little by the easy comparisons to “Stranger Things”—both shows feature disappearing children and kids riding bikes into forests.

But that’s really where the similarities stop-where “Stranger Things” would lovably reference “Risky Business” or “ET”, “Dark” opts to instead deal with heavier fare- like what our place is in the world and whether we have free will.

“Dark” is a masterpiece of atmospheric dread, the music and cinematography give it incredible production value and the show manages to cross, pollinate time travel with local-gossip and generations-old grudges in a really compelling way.

If you love shows that make you think, and media that provide no easy answers, “Dark” may be the show for you.

It’s German-language origins do mean you’ll have to rely on subtitles or a English dubbed version that is far from perfect.

Some people prefer to watch it in its original German with English subtitles, I opted to use both the English dubbed track and the English subtitles, helping me keep track of exactly what is being said.

While the subtitles and dubbing can be a little bit of a distraction, “Dark” is so good that you quickly forget about all that because you’re just so absorbed in the drama.

Season one of “Dark” is now streaming on Netflix. a second season has already been confirmed.

I’m Evan Rook.

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Making Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

Every New Year’s Eve, millions of Americans make resolutions. And most of the time, we struggle to live them out through January. We talk to an expert in the field of habit-making to talk about how we can make our resolutions last all year round.

Staying In and Ringing in the New Year

Some people don’t always feel up to the hustle and bustle of spending New Year’s Eve out at a big party or a bar. We discuss ways you can make the night a special one without spending a fortune or staying out way too late.

Culture Crash: Dark

Netflix has a new binge-worthy show called Dark. The German-language show involves time travel, family drama, a small town, and a lot of mind-bending sci-fi.

17-52 Segment 1: Hitting the Off Switch: Going offline in a digital age

 

Smart phones and social media apps take up a lot of time for many Americans. We can’t watch TV or sit at the dinner table without checking for notifications or scrolling Twitter simultaneously. That’s what worried Christina Crook, who took a 31-day vacation from the internet to reconnect with her physical life.

Guest:

  • Christina Crook, communications professional and author, The Joy of Missing Out: Finding balance in a wired world

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17-52 Segment 2: America’s Pearl Harbor Christmas

 

Christmas 1941 came just weeks after the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor dragged America into World War II. We talk to historian Stanley Weintraub about how America was getting ready for war while trying to celebrate the holiday season.

Guest:

  • Stanley Weintraub, historian, author of Pearl Harbor Christmas: A world at war 1941

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Culture Crash 17-52: Black Mirror

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It’s no secret that technology consumes our lives. we sit on computers at work, we use our phones and social media feeds to fill time on our commutes, and we are constantly finding new apps to solve problems.

At times, it’s all great and super convenient…but there is a down side. Maybe we spend less time with our families having face-to-face conversations, and maybe it can get a whole lot worse from there.

That’s a simplified version of what the show “Black Mirror” is all about-so yeah, it’s pretty heavy. “Black Mirror” is an anthology show, every episode tells a unique story with a different cast, about the future of technology.

In one episode, people have DVR-like devices in their brains allowing them to re-live events from their own past. In another, an augmented reality video game can adapt to put characters in a horror situation that exactly replicates their worst fears.

It’s sort of like the “Twilight Zone” for the digital age. What would happen if user scores that are impacted by others perception of us develop some kind of caste system? Or what if you could block people, like you can on twitter, in real life?

The show began in Britain, where it aired its first two seasons and a christmas special on Channel 4. In 2016, the show was continued on Netflix, which distributed 6 new episodes. Now, the show returns with six more installments of all that can go wrong with the devices we put in our pockets and on our walls-the televisions, phone screens, and other black mirrors we can’t stop looking at.

“Black Mirror” is a fascinating look at technology that may very well exist someday and a wonderful reminder that sometimes, less is more when it comes to the advancing technology of the times.

The first 13 installments of “Black Mirror” are now streaming on Netflix. Season four debuts with six new episodes on Friday.

I’m Evan Rook.