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The Untold Story of the “Untold Story” of the first Beatles recordings (by Harry Castleman and Walter J. Podrazik)

Suppose, for the sake of a better story, you chose to deliberately ignore “inconvenient” facts and details that “got in the way”? In the case of the Beatles, that has happened repeatedly over the past fifty years. With professional pride, … Continue reading

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The Beatles on TV, Live in Your Living Room

The musical dam was already breaking when The Beatles stepped onto The Ed Sullivan Show stage on February 9, 1964. On Billboard’s charts, the group had the country’s top single (I Want To Hold Your Hand). A pair of albums … Continue reading

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Something Bigger, Better, and Live: The Tonys

The television watching theatre lover in me took great delight in the 67th annual Tony Awards program on June 9, 2013. Live from Radio City Music Hall. In particular, for the opening number, producer Ricky Kirshner, director Glenn Weiss, and … Continue reading

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Through the MBC Prism, Forward via the Past

In its first full year after cutting the ribbon to a new permanent home in downtown Chicago, the Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC) hosted events and personalities from all slices of media history. Looking forward, through the prism of the … Continue reading

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The Marriage Bill Right Next Door at UIC

It was perfect timing. For the fall 2013 semester at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), I was teaching the course “Mass Media and Politics,” connecting the dots between campaigns, elections, and the push behind key contemporary issues. On … Continue reading

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Flashback to the 2013 Presidential Inauguration

After nearly a year of polarizing politics, it is easy to forget that 2013 started fresh with the second inauguration of President Barack Obama, beginning another four-year term. No matter the party, a Presidential Inauguration represents a rare convergence of … Continue reading

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Buffalo Munch in North Dakota

“Crunch, munch, crunch, munch….” At the end of a 10 foot length of PVC pipe, a bull buffalo gobbled and licked the lion’s share of the tasty alfalfa pellets we poured down to the paddock he shared with his mate … Continue reading

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