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Welcome to my every-other-week newsletter. In this issue, four reviews including the new Ken Burns “film.” Plus, I’ve selected my 10 favorite columns of 2019 and turned them into a book — free for you!

The Doppelgänger

Last night my friend James Poniewozik was in town to promote his terrific new book Audience of One: Trump, Television, and the Fracturing of America. I’ve read several books on our president and many books on TV. This is one of the very best in either category. I highly recommend it.

On my way out of the event a woman stopped me. “Thank you,” she said. For what? I wondered … ohhhh, I see. Well, it’s easy to get us confused — we both had blue elbow patches on our coats.

Be sure to grab the new download (see below). Thanks for reading! —Aaron

Borat, as you’ve never seen him before-at

In Netflix’s outstanding new drama The Spy, Sacha Baron Cohen plays the real-life Mossad agent Eli Cohen, who tricked a country’s elite into giving up key secrets. Read more >>

Guys, you need to watch this too

The new Hulu documentary Untouchable, about Harvey Weinstein’s reign of terror, is too easy for men to skip. DON’T. Read more >>
It’s my new ebook, ready to download!
If you’ve gotten hopelessly behind on my TV reviews, good news — I chose my 10 favorite columns from 2019 (so far) and turned them into this free ebook! Available as a PDF, with versions for EPUB and Kindle readers.

Download MY TOP 10 (Vol. 1) >>

16 hours and worth every minute …

Ken Burns’s newest masterwork, the 2-week, 8-part Country Music, doesn’t have a false note in it. Read more >>

… and some local connections

Did you know the last-ever picture of Patsy Cline was taken in Kansas City? Ken Burns has planted a number of KC references in his new film. Read my story in FLATLAND >>

The nightly news sucks, so why do I watch it?

James Poniewozik’s new book gave valuable insight into my lifelong habit. Read more >>

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