"He was one of the greatest guitarists to ever live and will live on in eternity as the best Pandora station." -Reporter Bradley Campbell
Our host Marco Werman spotted this:
Sultan Abdülmecid I ruled the Ottoman Empire from 1823 to 1861. He was most famous for his efforts in trying to unite and modernize the Ottoman Empire through the Tanzimat reforms. However the sultan’s greatest act of kindness was in 1847 as Ireland was in the grips of the Great Famine. After hearing about the famine from his Irish doctor, Abdülmecid had decided to send 10,000 pounds in aid. However Queen Victoria, who only sent 2000 pounds to help Ireland, did not want to be outdone by Abdülmecid’s more generous offer and ordered him to send only a 1000 pounds. Although Abdülmecid did agree to this offer, secretly he sent three ships filled with food and provisions to the Irish town of Drogheda.
Sultan Abdülmecid pretty much won my heart after giving Queen Victoria a symbolic middle finger and helped hundreds of people who were starving, all in one beautiful story.
While digging for digital content for our story about Korean Dramas I learned that blood type is something that a lot of Asian countries are intrigued by like the way some people put stock into horoscopes. On DramaFever’s website, they have a sort of database for all the Korean actors that star on the various Korean soaps and in addition to their name, age, date of birth and astrological sign, they also list their blood type.
-Producer Shefali Kulkarni
“You don’t expect to find a swimming pool in the middle of the desert,” says French photographer Romain Veillon of his new series of photos called The Sands of Time. Unless, of course, you’re talking about Kolmanskop, a German diamond mining town that sprang up in the Namibian desert in the early 20th century.
In its heyday, Veillon says, Kolmanskop boasted not just a swimming pool, but also a gymnasium, school, casino, ballroom and even a hospital. The hospital supposedly had the first X-ray machine ever used on the African continent. Of course, Veillon notes, “It wasn’t strictly for healing patients. It was used to see if workers swallowed diamonds during the day.”
This is a scene from the Cambodian film that’s up for an Oscar Sunday night. It’s called “The Missing Picture” and director Rithy Panh uses clay figurines instead of actors to represent himself and other Cambodians who lived and died in the genocide carried out by the Khmer Rouge during the 1970s. An incredible film!
We get heaps of review copies every week and only a handful of those make it onto the show. But authors and titles that we don’t corral near their publication date often make it into our contacts files. That way we can chase them up down the line. You can never predict when you’ll need an expert on Ukrainian monasteries or the history of enchiladas.
-Producer Joyce Hackel