#15 | Let’s Start at the Very Beginning

The title is a quote from "The Sound of Music" (1965), the type of musical film that tends to scare people who don’t like musicals. To that end, Kareem, Brandon, and John pick out a few kinder, gentler, or just more accessible musicals that even people who don’t like musicals can hum along with. We also discuss Apple being naughty and the man formerly known as Heathcliff Huxtable, M.D. now living in shame.

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00:00:00: Ad

00:00:28: Intro

00:06:09: Apple Music in Trouble – The gang at Cupertino is in hot water over pricing issues with their new streaming service. We fan John’s brow as we discuss the issue.

00:44:02: Beginning Musicals – A friend asked if someone could come up with a list of (non-animated, Brandon!) musical films to introduce new people to an appreciation of the concept. We offer up a few potentials: "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" (1971), "Singin’ in the Rain" (1952), "History of the World, Part I" (1981), "Mary Poppins" (1964), "Little Shop of Horrors" (1986), "Grease" (1978), "The Wiz" (1978), "The Music Man" (1962), "Stormy Weather" (1943), "Cabin in the Sky" (1943), "Purple Rain" (1984), "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" (1967), and "Danser i mørket (Dancer in the Dark)" (2000)

01:10:01: "Being Mary Jane" – We revisit BET’s first drama series in anticipation of Season 2 making its way to Netflix

01:14:05: More Beginning Musicals – Additional picks: "Purple Rain" (1984), "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" (1967), and "Danser i mørket (Dancer in the Dark)" (2000)

01:20:53: Bill Cosby/Outro – Dr. William H. Cosby, Jr.: actor, comedian, educator, humanitarian, serial date rapist? We unpack the building controversy.

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