Best of the web: June 25, 2016by Fiona Rae
Barack Obama comes out as the first sitting president to appear on a late-night talk show - slow-jamming the news no less!
PRESIDENT JAM: If nothing else, Barack Obama leaves a legacy of coolness. The White House Correspondents’ dinner speeches displayed comic timing surely the envy of politicians everywhere, and he was the first sitting president who had the confidence to appear on late-night talk shows, daytime talk shows and even web series. In his latest talk show appearance, he once again slow-jammed the news with Jimmy Fallon.
TALK TV: Talk shows that talk about TV have been around since at least 2009, when the US Bravo channel launched Watch What Happens: Live, a discussion show about its own reality series, but if you want real choice, podcasts are where it’s at. There are roughly a million Game of Thrones podcasts, but may we recommend the Nerdette recaps with NPR’s Peter Sagal. Even the Guardian is in on the act, with The Citadel, available on SoundCloud. For an intelligent discussion about US TV, our new favourite is the Vulture TV Podcast.
SVOD HIGHLIGHT: What’s good in subscription video on demand. The 2004 BBC adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell’s labour relations story North & South is available on Netflix. The story of cotton-mill workers and their “masters” in the north of England is framed around a Pride & Prejudice-style romance between Richard Armitage’s John Thornton and Daniela Denby-Ashe’s Margaret Hale.
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