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With different bluegrass styles abundant nowadays, and many younger players only slightly aware of the music's origins, this punch list offers a bit more insight into a genre with a narrative that's often oversimplied by fans and scholars with preconceptions.

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TV Q&A with Rob Owen

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This week's TV Q&A (after the "Read more" jump below) responds to questions about “It Takes a Choir,” “The Millers,” a local pre-emption and “Nightly Sports Call.” As always, thanks for reading and keep the questions coming.

- Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

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Thankful for 'Homefront' on YouTube

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 11:15 PM Written by


Thanks to reader Lin this Thanksgiving, who pointed me to my all-time favorite TV series, ABC's "Homefront" (1991-93), posted to YouTube.

Usually I'm not wild about such postings since cast and creators don't get residuals, but since Warner Bros. has so far refused to make the show commercially available, better to be able to see it some way than no way at all. (I also got the blessing of one of the folks most responsible for the series to post the link.)

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seegers album cover

This week's "Believe Your Ears" music podcast reviews Going Down To The River, the debut album by Doug Seegers, a 62 year old, Long Island-born Nashville street singer discovered by a Swedish documentary crew earlier this year.  A day after filming him, he was recording "River" in Cash Cabin, Johnny Cash's old home studio.

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TV turkey: 'When Turkeys Attack' on Destination America

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 08:43 AM Written by

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Tonight at 10 cable's Destination America debuts "When Turkeys Attack," which sounds as silly as you might expect.

Here's how the network describes the show:


Featuring home video footage plucked from real families terrorized by turkeys, WHEN TURKEYS ATTACK reveals what happens when turkeys decide their feathers have been ruffled for the last time. From the farmyard to local neighborhoods, turkeys have taken the food chain into their own talons – attacking Americans of all ages who dare to get too close or look at them with hungry eyes.


The turkey attack survivors featured in WHEN TURKEYS ATTACK will never look at Thanksgiving the same. There is no telling what got the turkey’s gizzards in a twist, from petting zoo turkeys hot to trot over anyone who gets too close to turkeys that have barricaded people in their homes. Elsewhere across the country, turkeys cause gobbling gridlock, get peckish with pedestrians, and angrily pursue cyclists at an astonishing speed of 20 miles per hour.


But why bother watching Destination America when you can just type "turkey attack" in YouTube and find a bounty of videos?

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Thanksgiving Jazz: Thelonious Monk's 'Stuffy Turkey'

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 08:16 AM Written by

50 years ago, pianist Thelonious Monk, one of the creators of bebop and among the most important and during pianists and composers in jazz, offered a characteristically quirky tune perfect for the holiday: "Stuffy Turkey.  It appeared on the 1964 Columbia album It's Monk's Time.  

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Pittsburgh's Signature Cycling Race Is This Saturday

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 07:47 PM Written by
No, it's not football, nor does it have the fan base of hockey or even baseball, but the Pittsburgh Dirty Dozen race puts this amateur cycling event almost on par with those sports once a year. Every year on the Saturday morning following Thanksgiving, in very unpredictable weather, this crazy…

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Angela Bassett on 'American Horror Story: Freak Show'

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 09:22 AM Written by

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FX's "American Horror Story: Freak Show" has Thanksgiving week off but will be back at 10 p.m. Dec. 3. The show is known for bringing back actors from past seasons with star Jessica Lange appearing in all four seasons to date (she's said this is her final go-around with the series).

Angela Bassett didn't make her debut until season three's "Coven" but she's back this year playing a member of the freak show, a woman with three breasts.

"I know that there are instances of individuals who have this sort of characteristic," she said in a recent teleconference with reporters.  "What they’re called is intersex, today. In 1950s, of course, the term was hermaphrodite, but today the terminology is considered passé, especially in that community."

Bassett said she signed on to "Freak Show" without knowing anything about her role.

"I didn’t have a clue whatsoever what the part might be, what it might encompass when I signed on," she said. "I just knew I had a great time the previous year, and if that was any indication, it was going to be a wild ride. I think it was about two weeks before I was scheduled to come down to start shooting that I got the, you know, the hot off the press script. I sat down to read it to see and I remember wondering, 'Now, how am I going to know who I am?'

"Then you read the stage direction, 'African American woman in her 40s, hermaphrodite, three breasts, and a ding-a-ling.' You’re like, oh, my gosh. You immediately close the pages, and have to walk around, and process that for a minute. You’re thinking, 'What does that mean?' Oh, my gosh. If they thought I was crazy demonic last year, what are they going to think this year?"

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