Garrison Keillor To Depart A Prairie Home Companion, by Chuck Strom

Just heard about Garrison Keillor’s recent retirement from A Prairie Home Companion. He actually did so as well back in 1987, but over the next several years he gave in, bit by bit, to his audience’s demands until the show returned in its full reincarnation in 1994. Now that he is 72 years old, . . . → Read More: Garrison Keillor To Depart A Prairie Home Companion, by Chuck Strom

God Doesn’t Hate Cleveland Any More, Chuck Strom

Much as the Golden State Warriors’ loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA finals has been described as a collapse, Game 7 was anything but. It was biting, scratching and kicking warfare for a full 48 minutes. Such games always come down to someone making a big play at the end, and . . . → Read More: God Doesn’t Hate Cleveland Any More, Chuck Strom

Johnny Cueto and the Giants are Rolling Right Along, by Chuck Strom

Johnny Cueto, whom the San Francisco Giants acquired last winter, is the hands-down best free-agent signing thus far in 2016. Yesterday, he won his tenth game and reduced his season ERA to 2.10, which would actually be about half that total if you subtracted the five-run innings he suffered on two occasions in April . . . → Read More: Johnny Cueto and the Giants are Rolling Right Along, by Chuck Strom

New summit for U.S. soccer, by Claude Iosso

After the United States’ 2-1 Copa America quarterfinal victory over Ecuador Thursday night, the team jogged and sprinted by turns around the pitch. It may have been helpful conditioning, but they looked like they were running for sheer joy, reveling in the cheers from the fans still filling half of CenturyLink Field here in . . . → Read More: New summit for U.S. soccer, by Claude Iosso

Margaret Glaspy on Fresh Air, by Chuck Strom

Today’s NPR Fresh Air show features a review of a debut album by Margaret Glaspy, who grew up in Red Bluff, CA. I once was treated to a private concert with some friends at her mother’s house, where she sang country tunes and Great American Songbook standards, with a banjo accompanist who did . . . → Read More: Margaret Glaspy on Fresh Air, by Chuck Strom

Mitski – Artist of the Year 2016 – Your Best American Girl

She’s all the rage in NYC. After you hear this song and see this video you will understand why she’s our unanimous 2016 Artist of the Year. Mitski insists she didn’t write this song to stick it to the smelly white boy indie rock establishment, but it works on that level anyway. Mitski . . . → Read More: Mitski – Artist of the Year 2016 – Your Best American Girl

Sunspring, by Harper Hull

Game over, writers. The robots are are here and writing scripts.

– Harper Hull

The Greatest, RIP, by Chuck Strom

Muhammad Ali and Sam Cooke on another Saturday night in the early 60s

As one would expect, Muhammad Ali’s passing on Friday has generated a flood of tributes and commentary over the weekend, far greater than the usual obituaries that stand at the ready at the Times and elsewhere for such occasions. To this, . . . → Read More: The Greatest, RIP, by Chuck Strom

Donald Trump Comes to Town, by Chuck Strom

I may live in a blue state, but the politics of my immediate neighborhood tinge red. Obama doesn’t come here to raise money, but a lot of right-of-center political celebrities stop by, including Sarah Palin when she did her Going Rogue book tour in 2010. It made sense, then, that Donald Trump and his . . . → Read More: Donald Trump Comes to Town, by Chuck Strom

The Best Six Minutes of the Warriors’ Season, by Chuck Strom

Regardless of who takes home the Larry O’Brien NBA Championship trophy, the Golden State Warriors’ 2015/16 season will be remembered mostly for their 73-9 regular season record, much as the 1995/96 Chicago Bulls are remembered for their 72-10 mark. Nothing necessarily wrong with that, but the Warriors did more to validate themselves as champions . . . → Read More: The Best Six Minutes of the Warriors’ Season, by Chuck Strom

The Cure – Exploding Boy, by Knute Rimkus

As is my wont, I recently got hooked on a song released many years ago, a totally new discovery to the clueless me. The Cure’s “Exploding Boy” popped up on KEXP and I thought, “Holy shit, Robert Smith’s still got it.” Of course, the song was released probably circa 1980 as a B side.

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Blazers-Warriors Game 5: Warriors Close It Out, by Chuck Strom

The Golden State Warriors ended their playoff series last night with a 125-121 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. Though the Blazers won only one of the five games, the widespread consensus is that they gave the Warriors all they could handle. Game 5 was no different than most of the other games, with . . . → Read More: Blazers-Warriors Game 5: Warriors Close It Out, by Chuck Strom

Blazers-Warriors Game 4: He’s Baaaaaack! By Chuck Strom

The news that Stephen Curry would play in last night’s Game 4 between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Golden State Warriors seemed a significant but not earth-shaking development, and when I checked the first-half score and saw the Blazers up by ten, I figured the game was over and that Curry would need . . . → Read More: Blazers-Warriors Game 4: He’s Baaaaaack! By Chuck Strom

McCain Aide and Lifelong Republican, Mark Salter Insults Trump and Endorses Clinton

This one’s one of the best podcasts I’ve heard in a while in terms of knowledgeability and candor. Mark Salter was on McCain’s staff for a long time, including during the 2008 campaign. One of the points he makes draws from that experience, when they knew for the last couple of months that they . . . → Read More: McCain Aide and Lifelong Republican, Mark Salter Insults Trump and Endorses Clinton

Blazers Torch the Warriors in Game 3, by Chuck Strom

In Game 3 of the NBA West Semifinals last night between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Golden State Warriors, the Blazers did to the Warriors what the Warriors have done to the NBA for two years. Every time the Warriors made a run at the Blazers in the second half, even closing the . . . → Read More: Blazers Torch the Warriors in Game 3, by Chuck Strom

Limerick for Leicester, By Claude Iosso

Has the news of the greatest underdog story in all sports reached you? Leicester City have been perennial doormats in the English Premier League, when they haven’t been relegated to the second or even third tiers. This season most predicted them to finish near last and be relegated again. They were 5,000-to-1 odds to . . . → Read More: Limerick for Leicester, By Claude Iosso

The Smithsonian Has Nothing on This Place, by Chuck Strom

The Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville, OR, is about an hour off the beaten interstate track, but it’s well worth the trip. It is the home not only of Howard Hughes’s Spruce Goose, but also a remarkable collection of vintage airplanes and spacecraft, including V2 and Gemini Titan rockets. The Spruce Goose, . . . → Read More: The Smithsonian Has Nothing on This Place, by Chuck Strom

Dog Comprehends Lion King Sadness

This part-pug puppy watches The Lion King and experiences all of the tender sadness:

The Tallest View West Of The Mississippi, by Chuck Strom

The Columbia Sky Observatory in Seattle, WA offers the tallest view available to the public west of the Mississippi. It can be a little frustrating to negotiate the surrounding one-way streets to get there, but the panorama is well worth the effort and the $14 fee. The Columbia Observatory may not be as well-known . . . → Read More: The Tallest View West Of The Mississippi, by Chuck Strom

Levi’s Stadium: Chip Kelly’s New Home, by Chuck Strom

The first thing you notice about Levi’s Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers and their new coach, Chip Kelly, is how far it is from the city itself—about an hour’s drive south to Santa Clara in a neighborhood dominated by corporate office buildings. With its exposed white framework, the stadium has a . . . → Read More: Levi’s Stadium: Chip Kelly’s New Home, by Chuck Strom