Pop Culture

25 Things You Didn’t Know About MTV’s First Broadcast

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The MTV of today is packed with more reality television than music videos. But the groundbreaking network used to air music videos, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and promised that we’d “never look at music the same way again.” And we haven’t, after the channel’s maiden broadcast back in 1981. Today is the 34th anniversary of that first year on air. Here are some fun facts about the very first music videos played on MTV and the network itself that reveal the channel’s widespread cultural influence.
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The Flavorwire Podcast: ‘Bojack Horseman,’ Vocal Fry and Is Weather Feminist?

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It’s Friday afternoon, and the Flavorwire podcast is back! Listen in as your learned Flavorwire panel discusses the key issues of the week, viz. how much we love Bojack Horseman, the policing of vocal fry, and whether this crazy weather we’ve been having is a manifestation of the patriarchy. Click through to listen and/or download from SoundCloud, and because this is a Proper Podcast, you can also subscribe via iTunes!
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In Praise of J.K. Rowling’s Post ‘Harry Potter’ Career: Messy, Fun and Badass

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For years in between Harry Potter installments, J.K. Rowling kept so much under wraps. She exerted tight control over the biggest literary juggernaut of our time, managing it with fierce pride, down to the last nondisclosure agreement.

After that final book was released and the hype slowly died down, however, we’ve really gotten to know Jo Rowling, beyond the archetypal origin story of the single mom on government assistance. It turns out she is everything we could hope for in a  world famous author-cum-celebrity.
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‘The Knick’ Will Return October 16; Teaser Hints at San Francisco Bubonic Plague Subplot

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With its putrefying noses, cocaine-injected phalluses and depiction of brutal racism in turn-of-the-century NYC, The Knick‘s first season was one of the toughest watches on television in 2014. With Steven Soderbergh directing every episode, employing hand-held cinematography, anachronistic scoring, and evoking stunning performances, it was also one of the best. Now, the first teaser for the second season — along with its release date — has been shared.
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