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V.23 No.11 | 3/13/2014

Idiot Box

Yeah Science, Bitch!

“Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” on FOX

Cosmos seems to be less about educating the masses and more about celebrating science as a whole. That’s not a bad thing.

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V.21 No.40 | 10/4/2012

Idiot Box

Kaling Delivers Laughs

“The Mindy Project” on FOX

Writer-producer-actress and all-around comedienne Mindy Kaling abandons the sinking ship that is the final season of NBC’s “The Office” to head her own, self-titled sitcom over on FOX.

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The Daily Word in iPhone 5, Amanda Palmer and Endeavour

Chick-fil-A bows out of homophobe politics.

Students protest racist anti-abortion propaganda at UNM.

At 11:30 a.m., Endeavour will fly over White Sands.

The Mars rover got some snaps of an eclipse.

Register to vote.

OK, so why isn't New Mexico big in solar?

Oh, that Jon Stewart: Chaos on Bullshit Mountain

Beyoncé is a good role model for the Obama daughters, says the president.

Maybe we should elect Canada as POTUS.

How will LGBT youth fare in a new Tunisia?

iPhone 5 lines are forming around the country.

It's OK if you don't want kids. In 2008, you could just drop them off in Nebraska.

A woman screaming "I'm Jack Sparrow" hijacks a passenger ferry and crashes it into other boats.

Amanda Palmer got more than $1 million through Kickstarter to make an album. People are wondering what the hell she's spending it on.

Work backward out of a creative rut.

What's next in body mods?

news

The Daily Word in typos, Wells Fargo, Larry Flynt, bed bugs, and Fords

Call the State Police instead: Rio Arriba County Sheriff's department will no longer be open after eight pm.

A typo and confusion over the ballot process may prevent Burquenos from voting on a minimum wage hike.

Students in China's Jiangsu province say they are being forced to manufacture the iPhone 5.

R.E.M. doesn't like the "puff adder brand of reportage" at Fox News.

The mystery of the "West Seattle hum" is solved.

People are on edge about circumcision in Germany.

How many people should a woman sleep with?

Wells Fargo foreclosed on an elderly couple's home... twice.

Wells Fargo fired a man for using a fake dime at a laundromat 49 years ago.

Gah! Bed bugs in the literature section.

Julian Assange, the movie.

Larry Flynt is offering one million dollars to anyone who produces Mitt Romney's tax records.

President Obama has a sense of humor. The jury's still out on Mitt Romney.

Parts of Romney's presidential platform are a bit fuzzy.

Roodharigendag Breda.

Long Island Tornado.

Oldest Ford in existence is up for auction.

On this day in 1958, Runaway Lita Ford was born.

V.21 No.21 | 5/24/2012

Idiot Box

You’re Outta Here!

The Canceled Shows of 2012

The broadcast networks have already started showing off their shiny new fall schedules. That means, of course, the conspicuous absence of several shows you may or may not have liked. Yup, the ax has fallen, and a whole host of network shows have been canceled. Some escaped by the skin of their teeth. (ABC’s low-rated but highly regarded “Cougar Town” is moving to TBS in 2013.) Others emerged battered and beaten. (Fan-fave “Community” will return next season. For a truncated 13 episode run. On Friday nights. Paired with “Whitney.” Also, creator Dan Harmon was told to take a hike.) So which shows are gone, gone, gone?

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news

The Daily Word in Angry Birds, hacktivists and arty nip slips

21 states—not N.M.— have stand-your-ground laws. In Florida, that law prevents the man who killed a teen from being arrested.

Islamic extremist shot in the head by French police after a gunfight.

President Obama stops in Lea County to talk about how he digs oil companies.

Timsanity

Survey says Americans think politicians are talking about religion too much.

Our own Rep. Steve Pearce pushes a national bill that would require drug testing for everyone receiving food stamps or unemployment benefits.

Three supermarket chains say no to pink slime.

Hacktivists steal more data than criminals.

Chase results in APD-involved shooting on Laguna land.

Romney's campaign is like an Etch A Sketch.

NASA helps Angry Birds developers understand space physics.

A regularly updated database of all the nipples on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Being bilingual makes you smarter.

Pianist covers all of Mastodon's metal concept album Leviathan.

Freestyle dough acrobatics at the World Pizza Games.

Why are there loud booms every night in Clintonville?

Doctor Who's next companion.

Never mind a dog. Get yourself a fox.

V.21 No.12 | 3/22/2012

Idiot Box

“Touch” on FOX

Touchy feel-good

Apparently, all-knowing elderly black people (sorry, Morgan Freeman) have gone the way of wisecracking over-muscled cops (sorry, Arnold Schwarzenegger) and crazy bearded prospectors (sorry, Gabby Hayes). Hollywood’s favorite manufactured stereotype is now, officially, the super-powered autistic kid.

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V.21 No.5 | 2/2/2012

Idiot Box

Jail Broke?

“Alcatraz” on FOX

The first thing everyone points out about FOX’s new series “Alcatraz”—and I guess I’m doing it, too—is that it’s another mysterious, island-based sci-fi series from producer J.J. Abrams (who gave us a little thing called “Lost”). Unless the guy announces he’s rebooting “Fantasy Island” next, I wouldn’t get too worked up about the man’s creative obsessions, though.

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V.20 No.42 | 10/20/2011

Idiot Box

Why Sci Fi?

“Terra Nova” on FOX

Science-fiction lovers cringe, caught somewhere between anticipation and dread, whenever a major network announces the debut of a new sci-fi-oriented series. The anxiety is doubled when that network is FOX. Broadcast television doesn’t have a solid track record for supporting science-fiction shows, and FOX has cultivated a reputation for killing fan-faves like Firefly, Dollhouse and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. So when it was announced that Steven Spielberg would be teaming up with René Echevarria (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “The 4400”) and Brannon Braga (“Star Trek: Voyager,” “Star Trek: Enterprise”) to produce a dinosaur-centric time travel adventure for FOX, the jubilation of sci-fi lovers was mixed with a heavy dose of angst.

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news

The Daily Word in lions, commoners and mixtapes

Breaking Bad” smashes ratings record with Season 4 finale. (Remember when we interviewed the Cranston and the show’s creator?)

UNM students protest Chick-fil-A for donating money to groups that oppose gay rights.

Sarah the lion at the zoo has died.

KOB grills Occupy Albuquerque protesters for solutions.

We have a permit. It’s called the Constitution.” —Occupy Boston.

Gov. Susana Martinez’ PAC took in thousands during the legislative session, though state law prohibits politicos from doing so directly.

Target promises to sell only sustainable seafood by 2015.

Gawker dubs FOX News article on funny, sexy women possibly the most horrifying thing ever written.

Top headline of the day: Why are these galaxies bending like crazy snakes?

Mixtape of the lost decade.

Slutoween is coming!

King of Bhutan marries a commoner. Trendy.

Taiwanese death metal.

Why some women are not getting married.

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V.19 No.42 | 10/21/2010
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Baby Steps

“Raising Hope” on FOX

With sitcoms such as the unsung “My Name Is Earl” and the recently added “Raising Hope” under his belt, it’s time to name writer/producer/creator Greg Garcia the Patron Saint of White Trash. That’s not an insult, mind you. Nobody’s done as much to champion America’s questionably tasteful lower middle class since Roseanne Barr.

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V.18 No.37 | 9/10/2009

Idiot Box

We’ve Got Spirit!

“Glee” on FOX

Call it the “Susan Boyle Principal,” the naive yet endearing (and occasionally true) idea that, once in a great while, a dark horse, ugly ducking, underdog dreamer will be given a turn in the spotlight and seize it. In that one moment, they’ll shine, dazzling onlookers and naysayers with their incontrovertible talent, and it will be a victory for all those who weren’t fortunate enough to be born with money or looks or instant popularity. It’s a concept that speaks to the nerdy teenager buried in just about all of us.

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