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Apaches — A Compelling Spanish TV Series

My wife and I have just finished watching the 12th and final episode of Apaches on Netflix, a crime series that is easily one of finest dramas we’ve seen in a long time. I don’t normally write about such shows, but this one is so good that it deserves public praise. The story line is […]

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The Trial Of The Chicago 7

One of the most sensational trials in American history got underway in Chicago on September 26, 1969 and dragged on for 151 days. It was essentially about enduring values that Americans cherish so much, namely free speech and freedom of assembly. In effect, American democracy was on trial. The defendants were left-wing radicals who believed […]

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Walter Winchell: The Power Of Gossip

At his peak in the 1930 and 1940s, syndicated columnist and radio personality Walter Winchell commanded an audience of an estimated 50 million American readers and listeners. Blending news and entertainment, he single-handedly created the gossip-driven, politically-charged media culture of the United States. “Winchell is the architect of modern American media,” says his biographer, Neal […]

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Borgen: The Danish House Of Cards

Borgen, the first-rate Danish Netflix drama, is at once like and unlike House of Cards, the acclaimed American series. Borgen is a nuanced portrait of Brigitte Nyborg, Denmark’s mythical first female prime minister and of the rival politicians, colleagues, journalists, spouse and children she interacts with on a daily basis. Although there is a competitive […]

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The Good Nazi

The late Karl Plagge was an uncommonly resolute and courageous dissenter. A member of the Nazi Party in Germany, he saved some 250 Lithuanian Jews while stationed in Vilna in the early 1940s. In 2004, Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, recognized him as a Righteous Gentile. The Good Nazi, a Canadian documentary broadcast […]

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Harbor From The Holocaust

To the European Jewish refugees who found a temporary haven in Shanghai during the late 1930s and early 1940s, China’s biggest port was as faraway as any metropolis in the Far East could be. Vibrant, chaotic, dirty and cosmopolitan, Shanghai was a destination of last resort for upwards of 20,000 German, Austrian, Czech and Polish Jews […]

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The Man In The High Castle

It’s a big “what if” question with sweeping, sickening ramifications. What if Nazi Germany and Japan had won World War II, conquered the United States and divided it among themselves? This scenario, too horrible even to contemplate, is skillfully fleshed out in Amazon Prime’s series, The Man in the High Castle, which ran from 2015 until […]

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Jeffrey Epstein: A Serial Sexual Predator

He was a predator whose unquenchable thirst for underage girls classified him as a pervert. Jeffrey Epstein, a financier whose estate was worth $577 million at his death, created what one lawyer aptly described as a  pyramid sex trafficking scheme. Epstein, having sated his lust, passed his victims on to friends in high places. Being […]

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Somebody Feed Phil (3)

Phil Rosenthal is back for a third, though abbreviated, season in Somebody Feed Phil, a goofy five-part food show currently streaming on the Netflix network. Rosenthal, the creator of the immensely popular sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, is a gourmand rather than a gourmet. Which means he has an instinctive rather than a refined approach to […]

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Viral: Antisemitism In Four Mutations

The coronavirus pandemic has been with us for about four months, sickening and killing people and disrupting economies around the world. In all probability, years will elapse before it is finally eradicated. An equally deadly virus, which mutates across borders and cultures and has caused the deaths of millions of people, has endured for centuries. […]