The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica proved to be an excellent vehicle for my family’s first-ever serious road trip. It was the summer of 1974. Having spent the day at the amusement park then known as Six Flags over Middle America, my family and I hit the swimming pool at the Safari Camp Ground at which we were staying for the week. It was during a rather spirited session of Marco Polo involving several families that someone’s mother—not mine—interrupted the aquatic merriment. She had brought a radio poolside, and yelled for everyone to shut up and listen. Earnestly, party-pooper lady set the radio down next to the water and cranked it up as loud as it would go. I recall my father, at first annoyed by the interruption, taking on a stern look and making his way toward the radio. The 2017 Pacifica boasts almost 140 cubic feet of cargo space. I’m not convinced we made very efficient use of all that room. A deep, measured voice echoed out over the still-sloshing pool … [Read more...] about American Travelogue: An Old-School Family Road Trip in the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica
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While the Clapback Mailbag sometimes feels negative, I actually get excited opening the tweets, emails, comments and messages to see what gifts The Root’s readers have bestowed upon us. And even though I enjoy it, there has always been something missing. You see, the Clapback Mailbag is not about receiving racist and pointed commentary; it’s about giving. It’s about giving back to the readers. It’s about sharing. And so, I finally figured out what we need to celebrate each Friday of gift-giving: We need a Clapback carol. I wrote one to the tune of the second-greatest Christmas song ever made, “This Christmas,” by Donny Hathaway. (Sorry, but the Temptations’ “Silent Night” still reigns supreme.) Wanna hear it? Here it goes: Send Anne a racist note Criticize Monique’s posts ... Again. THIS FRIDAY! Genetta says the mailbag’s too long Angela says I spelled something wrong ... Again. THIS FRIDAY! Throw … [Read more...] about The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: ’Tis the Season To Be Racist
AVQ&A Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences. As we wind down 2018, our best-of coverage continues with the following question: What was the best live show you saw this year? Erik Adams When David Byrne billed the American Utopia tour as “the most ambitious show I’ve done since the shows that were filmed for Stop Making Sense,” it came off a little hyperbolic. Six months after catching the tour’s Chicago stop, I think he might’ve been underselling it. Barefoot and clad in matching gray suits, Byrne and band worked through a set that ran from Talking Heads’ Fear Of Music all the way up to his 2018 solo release, a sometimes turgid recording whose songs found new degrees of energy and movement when played by a band whose members were all strapped to their … [Read more...] about What’s the best live show you saw in 2018?
Bestcasts asks podcasters to discuss the three most memorable episodes of their podcast. For more podcast coverage, see Podmass, The A.V. Club’s weekly roundup of the best ’casts out there. The podcasters: Journalist Bim Adewunmi and writer Nichole Perkins decided in mid-2017 to launch a podcast series dedicated to female thirst—one where so-called “thirst buckets” could enthusiastically and unabashedly gush about the gorgeous celebrities they desire, from A-listers to up-and-comers. Beyond being heaps of fun to listen to, Thirst Aid Kit has a mission and a philosophy much more fully realized than that of the average podcast: to give women a space to perform their thirst and “lust out loud.” To that end, each episode culminates in host-written “drabbles”—romantic fan fiction about the dreamboat du jour—to which Adewunmi and Perkins bring the whole of their professional creativity. Giggle-inducing and surprisingly … [Read more...] about The love doctors of
Do the Pentagon and U.S. Department of Defense have proof we aren't alone? Sherri Lynn Herrmann/EyeEm/Getty Images "Keep watching the skies!" That's the last line uttered in "The Thing from Another World," a 1951 sci-fi classic. Released by RKO Radio Pictures, the movie is about an Unidentified Flying Object — or UFO — that turns out to be an alien spacecraft. Flying saucers were constantly making headlines in those days. During the late 1940s and early 1950s, postwar America went through a surge of reported UFO sightings. In response, the U.S. Air Force created a couple of short-lived programs called "Project SIGN" and "Project GRUDGE" to look into the phenomenon. These were followed up by "Project Blue Book," a large-scale government study that lasted from 1952 to 1969. Ordered into existence by Major General Charles P. Cabell (a former director of intelligence at the Air Force), Project Blue Book painstakingly gathered 12,618 reports about UFOs. After it was … [Read more...] about What We Do — and Don’t — Know About the Pentagon’s Secret UFO Program