Out of Order

In The Kid Stays in the Picture, Robert Evans reveals how, with his job as Paramount studio head on the chopping block, he cobbled together a thirty-minute trailer spotlighting the studio’s recent hits (Rosemary’s Baby, Love Story) and anticipated  ...

Rebel Heart

According to Ronan Bennett, the novelist and screenwriter who wrote Rebel Heart, a terrible thing happened in 1922. A Belfast District Inspector named John W. Nixon led a group of policemen as they broke into the home of a  ...

Frontline: China in the Red

The Return of the God of Wealth: The Transition to a Market Economy in Urban China (1996), Charlotte Ikels The last decade amounts to no more than a blip on the Chinese time line—the longest surviving civilization  ...

Frontline: The Caseworker Files

An Introduction to Child Maltreatment in the United States: History, Public Policy and Research (3rd Edition) (2002), Clifford K. Dorne Frontline’s Failure to Protect: The Caseworker Files looks at the child welfare system, a subject that sporadically  ...

The Sid Caesar Collection

The perishability of humor is on display in The Sid Caesar Collection, a PBS presentation that features seven skits by the famed comedian. Often humor is based upon a topical reference that gives the audience a sense of knowledge  ...

Six Feet Under – Second Season

With several prestigious awards, including two Golden Globes, under its first season’s belt, the second season of the HBO series Six Feet Under has surpassed expectations and ranks among the best of recent television programming. Lead director/writer Alan  ...

America Undercover: Small Town Ecstasy

Buzzed: The Straight Dope About the Most Used and Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstasy (1998) The Politics of Ecstasy (1998) Timothy Leary The HBO documentary series America Undercover spends 90 minutes at a  ...

American Porn

The PBS series Frontline has aired documentaries on all sorts of "controversial" subjects over the years, and they've finally gotten around to the porn industry. Possibly because they're on PBS, and not a ratings-driven network, they take a slightly  ...

The Ponder Heart

American Collection page on The Ponder Heart It’s been said that Eudora Welty was more comfortable writing short stories than novels. Her publisher nudged her in the direction of longer narratives. Critical consensus has  ...