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Podcasts: What a Concept

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dove into the world of podcasts last year, thanks to the engrossing first season of Sarah Koenig’s “Serial.” I couldn’t stop listening to the nonfiction series as Koenig investigated the 1999 death of high school student Hae Min Lee and interviewed Adnan Syed, the ex-boyfriend who was found guilty of Lee’s murder. The show is in its second season, which focuses on the story of Bowe Bergdahl, an American soldier who was held for five years by the Taliban.

Wanting To Believe

TV: 'X-Files'

I had a lot of fun attending New York Comic Con last October, but one of the highlights of the convention was getting to see the first episode of “The X-Files” revival three months before it debuted on television.

A Must-See

TV: ‘Ash vs Evil Dead’

This 10-episode television series on Starz, “Ash vs. Evil Dead,” stars Bruce Campbell as Ash Williams — heroic slayer of demons, would-be Lothario, and a dab hand with a chainsaw.

You need to see it. Here’s why:

1. All 10 episodes stay true to the first rule of horror flicks, as codified by Joe Bob Briggs: Anyone can die at any moment. Especially the stupid self-righteous Aussie hiker guy.

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Hubris and a Flawed Justice System

Television: ‘Making a Murderer’

spent New Year’s Day binge-watching “Making a Murderer” on Netflix. Every time the credits rolled on an episode of the 10-part documentary series, I watched the next one. By the time it was over, I was overwhelmed by anger, frustration, sadness and the desire to share this series with others.

Making a Bright Holiday of Light

Festive Cheer

For the first time ever, my wife and I attempted to put holiday lights on a tree in our backyard. We climbed a ladder and carefully wrapped the string of bulbs around the 19-foot beast, straining to reach as close to the top as possible. 

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Violent, Complicated, Over

Television: ‘The Bastard Executioner’

“The Bastard Executioner” has been dragged into the town square and beheaded, the blood splattering onto a small crowd of horrified onlookers.

At least, that’s how the news of the show’s demise would have played out on the screen. The violent medieval FX series — which tells the tale of a 14th-century Welsh warrior who assumes the identity of an executioner — has been canceled after one season by the series creator himself, Kurt Sutter, and FX Networks CEO John Landgraf.

Giving the Fans What They Want

Television: ‘Ash vs. Evil Dead’

After more than 30 years, chainsaw-wielding Deadite slayer Ash Williams is back on the small screen Starz’s “Ash vs. Evil Dead.” Hail to the king, baby.

If you’re not familiar with this immature monster hunter portrayed by Bruce Campbell, he’s the anti-hero of the “Evil Dead” trilogy of films. Ash and a group of friends stay in a cabin in the woods, they find a Book of the Dead — you get the idea.

Millennials Relive Their Youth

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Way back in 1991, Nickelodeon debuted three original cartoons: “Doug,” “Rugrats” and “Ren & Stimpy.” I can confirm this bit of trivia because my 8-year-old self was glued to the television for this block of shows. Doug Funnie, Tommy Pickles and Powdered Toast Man are a part of my childhood.

Something for Collectors, Digital Trading Cards

Technology

When I was a kid, I collected trading cards. I bought packs that featured superheroes and scenes from movies like “Star Wars.” I kept them organized in nine-pocket plastic sheets and stored them in three-ring binders.

It’s 20 years later and I’m still collecting “Star Wars” cards — but I’m doing it digitally. On my phone. That’s a sentence I never thought I’d write.

Animated, Unusual and Clever

TV: Darryl Gangloff

You’ve seen the “Back to the Future” trilogy, right? If you haven’t, this year marks the 30th anniversary of the first film, so it’s the perfect time to watch it. Go ahead, I’ll wait.