"Here's a man who might have been president. He's been loved and hated and talked about as much as any man in our time - but when he comes to die, he's got something on his mind called Rosebud. What does that mean?"
"You've got to stop this war in Afghanistan."
That quotation, alleged to be Ambassador Holbrooke's last statement, comprised the final 8 words in the obit the Post went with on Monday. And those were the words retweeted and blogged all around the world, likely by critics of the Afghan conflict who saw in Holbrooke's exit line a new conviction about the wisdom of the war.
Except it wasn't exactly his final statement. New information about Mr. Holbrooke's last hours rejigged the context of those words and The Washington Post printed a clarification. It didn't stop the retweeting. Too many people were invested in the idea that Holbrooke had a deathbed insight.
Today: we talk to the journalist who wrote the obit. And we look at the power and resonance of the things people say on their deathbeds. And the sayings that are falsely attributed to them.
In just 2 weeks it will be a whole new year. And on January 1, 2011 we are broadcasting our special Big 6 episode, the one you helped create with your online votes. You still have a week left to make your voice heard.
We've dropped some of the nominees off the ballot, but tight races abound. And even in the category Guilty Pleasure, where Stieg Larsson's books seem to have a stranglehold, there's potential for the underdog to gain ground.
Medical marijuana is one of the nominees that hasn't been weeded out. Prescription pot does indeed have its advocates. We called one up today, I think you'll enjoy the way he sees Steig vs.Stoned.
A new online service, iDoser, is hawking a way to induce a natural trance state, a non-drug ingesting ticket to getting high. They do it by selling audio files you listen to through headphones. The binaural beats stimulate the brain, and consciousness is altered in a way that simulates various drug experiences.
Should you be worried? Or is it just a waste of serious headphone time?
When Disney released Tron back in 1982 it set a new benchmark for special effects. Computer generated images were new to feature film. The scenes from the virtual world were shot in black and white and colourized to create the odd and dusky texture. Nothing else looked remotely like it. Lots of critics bought in and fans still tell you it was ahead of its time.
Now, in the CGI era of feature films Tron is revisited. Disney's had trailers for Tron Legacy in the cinemas for months. It looks slick, fast, warm and expensive. The critics don't seem impressed. Fans are into it though. Deeply.
We'll find out how Tron's legacy bolsters Tron Legacy.
There's a blacklist in Hollywood everyone would like to be on. It's a list of unproduced screenplays that development producers say are the best scripts they've read all year. It's only been around for a few years but some of the most celebrated and award-winning recent films have been plucked from the list: The Social Network, There Will Be Blood, Juno.
It is literally called The Blacklist and while it doesn't have a 100% success rate (what does?) it's sure produced a bunch of hits.
This year's list just came out. Want to know what movies you might be watching in 18 months? Tune in.
No one does television like David Lynch. When Twin Peaks was on network TV in the early 90s it was utterly unlike anything else, ever. Even now when you compare it to the edgy cable dramas that suck up Emmy awards, Twin Peaks is weirder in tone, pacing, characterization, writing, just about everything.
Lynch's movies also come from an unusual place: an intersection of the dark unconscious and sunny small town surfaces. He says his best ideas are the product of the Transcendental Meditation he's been practicing for decades. And he's convinced the world would improve if everyone else did the same.
David Lynch tells us how he brought TM to veterans with PTSD and the peace they've found since they returned from war.
He's Antoine Dodson who became (this is not an exaggeration) a megastar on the web this year: more than 51 million hits for the Bed Intruder Song.
Best. AutoTune. Ever. Sorry Kanye.
Antoine's lookin' good! The creators of AutoTune the News who made the video are sharing their profits with him and he's planning on going to school. And as infectious as the Bed Intruder Song is to sing, no one can get the timing down better than Antoine.
Admit it, you've tried. We talk to Evan Gregory of AutoTune the News.
There's a lot more to being a blogger than having major bandwith and tonnes of followers on Twitter. You also have to have the precision of Tyson, the speed of Sugar Ray, the showmanship of Ali. Who knew?
And the bloggers still manage more decorum than you'll see on Question Period. Marquess of Queensberry Rules after all.
This week's show ends with a song from Michael Ignatieff because there's a saying in showbiz: It ain't over til the leader of the opposition sings.
We're hurtling toward the holidays at warp speed. Hope you're finding time to enjoy yourself. Get out on your sled so you'll have something to remember when you're old and living in Xanadu and staring into your snowglobe thinking: Is this really my life? Or some strange parody on The Simpsons?
We're back January 1. So Happy Holidays.