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Putting Hillary in Context

“Hillary” on Hulu includes exclusive interviews with Hillary Rodham Clinton herself, Bill Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, friends and journalists. The series provides an inside look of an important public figure. The director, Buffalo native Nanette Burstein, had behind the scenes access to Hillary’s 2016 campaign. Although much in the series is familiar, the inside look is […]

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TV Series ‘Bad Banks’: Smart and Intriguing

Bad Banks is an intriguing German-Luxembourgish TV series about young ambitious bankers trying to make in the modern cut throat world of German banking and high finance. The series takes place mainly in Frankfurt and Berlin and there are some nice scenes in each city. The star of the series is 25-year old Paula Beer […]

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TV Series: ‘Arctic Circle’

I just finished watching a Finnish-German TV series entitled Arctic Circle. Most of the series takes place in Lapland, the largest, northernmost and least densely populated region of Finland. Less than 4% of Finland’s 5.6 million people live in Lapland. The crux of the story is the hunt for a deadly virus that has the […]

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History: ‘Auschwitz Untold’ on History

This History special depicts the Nazi persecution and extermination of European Jews by combining newly colorized footage from the Holocaust and rare, first person interviews with survivors. Seventy-five years after the liberation, these survivors, who were young children at the time of the Holocaust, reflect on the tragic circumstances that lead to their internment and […]

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Norwegian TV Series: “Occupied”

The premise of this thought-provoking political thriller TV series on Netflix is that Europe is starved for oil that Norway could provide but refuses to do so for environmental reasons. Russia responds with a “soft” occupation of Norway with the consent of the European Union. The series is very relevant to issues in the news […]

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Dubrovnik Grapples with Tourism

I recently visited Dubrovnik. This PBS NewsHour segment does a nice job of describing the challenges created by throngs of tourists visiting this beautiful medieval city. You can see my photos of Croatia here. I have watched the PBS NewsHour for many years and appreciate the consistent quality and variety of all it covers and […]