Thursday, May 26

 

Wednesday, May 25

 

Tuesday, May 24

The Debunker: Where Do Fortune Cookies Come From?

by Ken Jennings

May is Asian heritage month in the U.S. and Canada, but most of us probably celebrate the Asian diaspora year-round by enjoying one of the greatest gifts from the other edge of the Pacific Rim: Asian food. But sometimes, in our uncommon hurry to enjoy the ramen or the curry, we may find ourselves slurping up all kinds of bad takes along with our good takeout. Ken Jennings, of Jeopardy! fame is obviously not Asian, but (fun fact!) he grew up in Asia, which sort of qualifies him to set us straight on some of the biggest culinary misconceptions about the world's biggest continent. Check, please!

The Debunker: Where Do Fortune Cookies Come From?

Fortune cookies! Where else would you get great life advice like "☺ Your fondest dream will come true ☺ 07 22 31 43 05 30 "? A Chinese meal wouldn't be complete without this dessert that, mysteriously, nobody likes but nobody ever skips. Actually, I should correct that. Believe it or not, there is one place where you can eat Chinese food without fortune cookies appearing with the bill, and that's because no one there has ever even heard of them. That place is China.

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Monday, May 23

Music Monday: The Prisoner

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! In the late 1960s, ITV broadcast a TV show unlike any other. In the 1980s, it snuck over to America via PBS stations. Today, it's loved by those who know it, but still unknown to many. We're talking about The Prisoner, and you won't be surprised to know that Scott's found five songs all about it.

Iron Maiden - The Prisoner

 

1982 was a year when people were already doing a little bit of sampling, so nobody will ever claim Iron Maiden did that first. But how many metal bands were sampling? And how many of them were sampling shows that appeared on PBS? Even if you're not a Maiden fan, you still gotta respect them for knowing good TV, right?

What do we want? Your comments! Hopefully we'll get them after the next four songs...

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