Jan 26

‘Things Change’ with Stephen Colbert on ‘Selected Shorts’

Selected Shorts Logo Guest host Stephen Colbert presents stories in which objects change lives.

We are used to gradual changes in life, but in the two stories presented on this show, peoples’ lives are altered dramatically in a very short space of time.

In Jack Finney’s “Where the Cluetts Are,” a wealthy couple builds an authentic Victorian house, and are caught up its mood. As the architect-narrator comments, “You’ve been in that kind of house; everyone has. For no reason you can explain you feel a joy at just being in it.”

Finney was a prolific science-fiction writer whose works include “The Body Snatchers,” which was the basis for the cult film “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” and the classic time-travel novel Time and Again. He loved to write about the places where the past and the present overlap. In this case, it happens in a “new” old house. The reader is stage and film actor Philip Casnoff, whose work includes roles in the musicals “Shogun,” and “Chicago” and television shows including “Oz,” “Strong Medicine,” “Numbers,” and “NCIS.” He starred in the television miniseries “Sinatra.”

The catalyst for change is smaller in the next story, “Lederhosen,” by Haruki Murakami, in which a pair of the iconic German hiking shorts is a marital game-changer. Well, any story by the celebrated Japanese author is life altering. He starts with something simple, and before you know it, you’re in an alternate reality. Lonely husbands search for UFO’s, elevated highways lead to parallel universes. In this case, a placid Japanese wife sets out to buy her husband a pair of shorts, and—well, you’ll hear what happens.

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Jan 26

Stephen Colbert Featured on the Cover of ‘America Magazine’

Stephen Colbert America Magazine cover

Stephen Colbert is featured on the cover of the February 3rd, 2014 edition of ‘America Magazine’. Featured in the issue, is the article ‘Truth and Truhiness’ by Patrick R. Manning, which explores the ways in which Stephen Colbert has captivated his audience, comparing him to St. Augustine of Hippo, and examines how members of the Catholic Chruch can be more effective in the spreading of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, by studying how Stephen Colbert effectively engages with his audience.

Jan 24

January 23, 2014 – Patricia Churchland

The Colbert Report episode guide EPISODE NUMBER: 10052 (January 23, 2014)
GUEST: Patricia Churchland | Tim Wu
SEGMENTS: Riots in the Ukraine | End of Net Neutrality | End of Net Neutrality – Tim Wu | China’s Colbert Report Rip-Off | Patricia Churchland | Sign Off – Goodnight
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VIDEOS: Thursday, January 23, 2014

Stephen Colbert on Ukraine

Stephen shows his solidarity with his fellow Ukrainian Comrades in Collanders.

I was so hoping that Stephen would cover the Chinese rip-off story, and thankfully he did. Generally, his character hits hard against these “Who’s Riding my Coattails” kinds of stories, but he seemed pretty up for a trip to China, sagely noting that The Banquet is exposed to 400 million viewers. What do you think? Maybe Stephen should do a week of episodes from China? I think he deserves the budget for a nice, remote series of shows.
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Jan 24

Stephen Colbert Stars in Wonderful Pistachios Super Bowl Teaser

Confused about whether the Super Bowl is about the game, the half time show wardrobe malfunctions or the advertisements? Well don’t worry, Stephen Colbert has a fourth option – it’s all about him!

Wonderful Pistachios have released a video teaser for the two Super Bowl advertisements that will star Stephen Colbert, and air during the February 2nd broadcast of Super Bowl XLVIII on Fox.

Jan 23

January 22, 2014 – Charles Duhigg

The Colbert Report episode guide EPISODE NUMBER: 10051 (January 22, 2014)
GUEST: Charles Duhigg
SEGMENTS: Intro- 1/22/14 | Mystery Doughnut on Mars | Tip/Wag – Air Force, Dr. Keith Ablow & Westminster Dog Show | Tikker Death Watch | Charles Duhigg | Sign Off – Mutt
SUIT REPORT: Dark Grey Suit | White Shirt | Red Diamond Pattern Tie
VIDEOS: Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Stephen Colbert with a Dog“Who’s an inferior canine? You are! You are! Want a little martian?”

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Jan 23

Chinese TV Plagiarises ‘The Colbert Report’

The Banquest Copies The Colbert Report Opening Credits

© Xu Mengge | Sina Weibo (via The Atlantic)

He may be an award-winning satirist in the United States, but in China, even Stephen Colbert is not beyond parody: A provincial TV channel in the country has produced a show that borrows rather liberally from the popular American program.

The Banquet, broadcast on Ningxia Satellite TV, lifted the entire opening credits and other graphics from The Colbert Report. Everything from the host’s entrance—flying down the screen as English words buzz past—to the star-spangled background is mimicked, and even the show’s theme music, the guitar riff from “Baby Mumbles” by Cheap Trick, is reproduced note for note.

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Jan 22

January 21, 2014 – Michael Chabon & Mariel Hemingway

The Colbert Report episode guide EPISODE NUMBER: 10050 (January 21, 2014)
GUEST: Michael Chabon | Mariel Hemingway
SEGMENTS: cOlbert’s Book Club – Ernest Hemingway | Better Know a Hemingway | Michael Chabon & “A Farewell to Arms” | Mariel Hemingway on Ernest Hemingway | Sign Off – cOlbert’s Book Club – Ernest Hemingway’s “A Farewell to Arms”
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VIDEOS: Tuesday, January 20, 2014

Stephen Colbert A Farewell to Arms

“There I am as Papa himself.”

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