Pop Culture Happy Hour #161: Captain Phillips and What’s Making Us Cry

One of the posters Juan Ortiz has created for each episode of original-series "Star Trek."

One of the posters Juan Ortiz has created for each episode of original-series “Star Trek.”

Naturally I thought of a theory about why one of the songs I mentioned on episode #161 of Pop Culture Happy Hour — on which I was honored to be a guest — affects me so profoundly as soon as producer Nick Fountain turned off the mics in NPR’s Studio 46. I didn’t have time to dwell on it then; I had to hightail it back to the H. Carl Moultrie Courthouse, where I was on a semi-authorized extended lunch break from my jury service. Later that day I would recall I had attempted a Jay-Z impression on the show. Brief, aye, but not nearly brief enough. Fortunately for you, gentle listener, the three regulars — Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, and Trey Graham — were all on top of their games. My pal-for-life Glen Weldon, their usual fourth man,  was on top of a raft or something, vacationing in Grand Cayman.

You can hear the episode in a web browser here or download it from iTunes here.​

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Captain Phillips and the Terrible Excitement of Real Action

black hawk down

Ridley Scott’s BLACK HAWK DOWN, from 2001.

Captain Phillips, the seemingly little-embellished new thriller based on a 2009 hijacking at sea, got me thinking about what sort of responsibilities filmmakers have — and we as audiences have — when approaching a dramatized account of things that actually occurred. You can read that piece over at Monkey See today.