PODCAST: Paul Guest Stars on Cuff’s Basement!

Hey Everyone,

Paul here…

I recently appeared as a guest on the hit podcast Cuff’s Basement, hosted by longtime friends and contributors to World’s Best Media, Tim Cuff and Ryan McDonald! It’s a hell of a lot of fun, so we decided to include it here for your listening pleasure. On this episode of Cuff’s Basement, we discuss one of the best TV shows of all time, HBO’s The Wire. This was a 4-Part series of episodes that Tim and Ryan we’re recording. Each part had a special guest possessing both encyclopedic knowledge and love of HBO’s The Wire. I was the fourth and final guest, so as the old saying goes: Save the best for last! In all seriousness though, all four installments are very entertaining and thought provoking, so if you enjoy this episode I highly recommend listening to the first 3-Parts of,Cuff’s Basement Presents: The Wire – A Podcast Analysis In 4-Parts! If you happen to be a fan of The Wire, then this is a MUST LISTEN! (Cuff’s Basement is available on iTunes/Apple Podcasts)

For those of you that may not know, The Wire was a series that ran on HBO for five seasons in the early 2000s. This amazing show was equal parts comedy and tragedy. Taking place in Baltimore with a stellar ensemble cast, the show began as an exploration of the Baltimore drug trade. Specially focusing on The Barksdale Organization, the most successful and power drug traffickers in the city and the police unit trying to take this criminal organization down. Unfortunately, higher ups in the department only cared about statistics and arrest numbers. The heads of the department only wanted crime statistics that reflected favorably on them, even though the numbers were not an accurate representation of crime in the city of Baltimore. For political reasons, the bosses in The BPD didn’t want to commit time, money, and manpower to the type of long term investigations that would ultimately yield an actual drop of crime and violence in the city. Yet through a combination of intelligence, subterfuge, determination, and out right luck, this group of officers managed to effectively mount a serious investigation into The Barksdale Organization, without the help or even sometimes permission, of the higher ups in the Police Department.


While the Baltimore drug trade and the Baltimore police department would continue to be a major part of the show throughout its entire run, the series was really a deep examination of a broken American city and how all our major institutions like political representatives, The Police Department, school systems, and the media, ultimately fail the people they’re supposed to serve. Those who attempt to enact real change and reform are ultimately destroyed by the systemic corruption of these broken institutions. The creators of the show once referred to The Wire as a Greek tragedy. The parallel being that, in those stories, nothing good ever comes from mortals mixing themselves up with the gods. In The Wire the gods are the institutions, like City Hall or the public school system for example, and the mortals are the citizens and well-meaning individuals working within those systems. The show was like a mesmerizing novel and it was one of the first series to showcase what the television medium was capable of. Along side The Sopranos, The Wire was a huge part of ushering in the golden age of television that we are experiencing now.


I wanted to include this video, featuring some of the best moments of one of the most iconic characters from The Wire, stick up artist and urban Robin Hood, Omar Little.

Listen here and find out: https://www.spreaker.com/episode/40479434  Or subscribe on Stitcher, Spreaker, iHeartRadio, Deezer, Podchaser, Castbox, Podcast Addict, Google Podcasts, & Apple Podcasts/ITunes…

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Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=185563

Thanks for listening! Follow me on Twitter @PJWrightWBM or type Worlds Best Media into the search bar, you can also like and follow us on our Facebook page; World’s Best Media. Those likes and follows, as well as iTunes reviews, go a long way to supporting World’s Best Media. We really appreciate the loyalty and support shown to us by our fans, so thanks again! Stay healthy and stay safe!

-Paul
*Cuff’s Basement is available on iTunes/Apple Podcasts

PODCAST: Lovecraft Country: Series Premiere Review!

Hey Everyone,

Paul here…

This week on The World’s Best Podcast, I review the premiere episode of HBO’s excellent new horror/drama series: Lovecraft Country. The new series, based on the novel of the same name by Matt Ruff, produced by Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams.

It’s a story of Lovecraftian horror set in the backdrop of Jim Crow America, focusing on one an African-American family from the south side of Chicago. When the novel came out in 2016 it was my favorite book of the year and this new series looks to be an excellent adaptation! Lovecraft Country air Sunday nights on HBO at 9pm EST.

Listen here for my full review: https://www.spreaker.com/episode/40368562 Or subscribe on Stitcher, Spreaker, iHeartRadio, Deezer, Podchaser, Castbox, Podcast Addict, Google Podcasts, & Apple Podcasts/ITunes…

iTunes/Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-worlds-best-podcast/id1246038441?i=1000488377003

Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=185563

Thanks for listening! Follow me on Twitter @PJWrightWBM or type Worlds Best Media into the search bar, you can also like and follow us on our Facebook page; World’s Best Media. Those likes and follows, as well as iTunes reviews, go a long way to supporting World’s Best Media. We really appreciate the loyalty and support shown to us by our fans, so thanks again! Stay healthy and stay safe!

-Paul

FIRST LOOK: HBO’s Lovecraft Country

Hey Everyone,

Paul here…

I read Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff, when it was published in 2016, it was by far my favorite book of the year. Naturally, I was excited when I heard that the book was being developed as a TV series by Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us) for HBO.

The novel, which takes during the 1950’s Jim Crowe era, comprises of several interconnected stories that form one large narrative. The story follows an African-American family in a time still ripe with prejudice and hate (As I was typing that last sentence I realized, sadly, that it can still apply to today). When Atticus Turner sets out to find his missing father, last seen up in Massachusetts in “Lovecraft Country”, Atticus and his family soon find themselves exposed to a world of monsters, dark magik, ghosts, cults, and eldreitch horrors from other dimensions.

The combination of this shameful time in American history and supernatural horror, heavily inspired by H.P Lovecraft, makes for one hell of a compelling story. The cast includes some fantastic actors including Michael Kenneth Williams, Courtney B. Vance, Jonathan Majors, and Jurnee Smollett-Bell, among others. The series which is produced by Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams premieres on HBO this summer. This looks like it could be great, so check back here for continuing coverage of the series. Take a look the trailer below…

Lovecraft Country premieres on HBO in August.

Thanks for reading! Follow me on Twitter @PJWrightWBM or type Worlds Best Media into the search bar, you can also like and follow us on our Facebook page; World’s Best Media. Those likes and follows, as well as iTunes reviews, go a long way to supporting World’s Best Media. We really appreciate the loyalty and support shown to us by our fans, so thanks again! Stay healthy and stay safe!

-Paul,